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Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City Champions League preview: where to watch, predicted line-ups, team news

Where to watch, possible line-ups and expert predictions ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between Paris and Man. City.

Paris host Manchester City in the semi-final opener
Paris host Manchester City in the semi-final opener Visionhaus/Getty Images

Paris host Man. City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday 28 April at 21:00 CET. This page will update with team news, quotes and expert analysis as kick-off approaches.

Paris vs Man. City build-up

What's the story?

Paris and Manchester City lock horns
Paris and Manchester City lock horns

Josep Guardiola takes his unbeaten Man. City side – who last reached the semi-finals in 2016 – to the French Capital to face last season’s runners-up Paris, now under the command of Mauricio Pochettino.

Where to watch the game on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Form guide

Paris
Form
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Latest: Metz 1-3 Paris, 24/04
Where they stand: 2nd in Ligue 1, French Cup quarter-finals

Man. City
Form
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Latest: Man. City 1-0 Tottenham, 25/04 (League Cup final)
Where they stand: 1st in Premier League, League Cup winners

Starting line-ups

Paris: Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Bakker; Gueye, Paredes; Di María, Verratti, Neymar; Mbappé

Man. City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Gündoğan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden; Bernardo Silva

Expert predictions

Chris Burke, Paris reporter: Just one hurdle left as Paris aim to become only the sixth Champions League runners-up to return to the final the following season – and it's a hurdle they can certainly overcome after ousting holders Bayern last time out. With Kylian Mbappé seemingly fine after a knock at the weekend, the main concern is the French champions' inconsistency at home this term.

Matthew Howarth, Man. City reporter: City possess the individual and collective brilliance to beat any team in Europe, but the psychological fillip of reaching the semi-finals for the first time under Guardiola should not be understated. Having come this far, he will feel his side can not only dispatch last season’s beaten finalists in the last four, but go all the way.

Recall 2016 City clash with Paris
Recall 2016 City clash with Paris

View from the camps

Mauricio Pochettino, Paris coach: "Both sides have unbelievable players to try to control for 90 minutes. It will be tough – very competitive. City are one of the greatest teams in the world, with the best coach and of course it's going to be tougher than [against Bayern München], but we'll see: we don't know. What's most important is the 180 minutes to decide who gets to the final we have to be the better side."

Pep Guardiola, Man. City coach: "[Paris] are used to playing teams who defend 90 minutes and they find a way. That is not the best way to defend against the team who have everything. I know the weapons they have up front, but we're in the Champions League semi-finals, what can you expect? I will not play 90 minutes thinking how good this player is, just how to beat them. I learned from Johann Cruyff, you have to enjoy the game, enjoy the responsibility. Top players enjoy situations because they enjoy responsibility, that's why the greatest players win this competition.”