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Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
16 October 2020
Tuesday 20 October
Le Parc de Princes – Champions League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United kick off their 2020-21 Champions League campaign with a trip to face Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain. United’s season has started poorly, with the manager needing good results in Europe to cover for disappointing outcomes in the Premier League.
United famously knocked PSG out of the 2018-19 Champions League with a 3-1 last 16 second leg win in Paris.
PSG won the first leg 2-0 at Old Trafford, through goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe, but United hit back with three away goals of their own.
Romelu Lukaku got two of them but a Juan Bernat goal left United needing a third, and Marcus Rashford delivered with a last minute penalty to secure a celebrated victory.
PSG’s main injury doubt for the visit of United is over former Real Madrid and United winger Angel Di Maria, with the Argentina international set for a late test.
France international Anthony Martial is available for Solskjaer after returning to the squad after serving a domestic suspension with Edinson Cavani also potentially facing his own former club. It’d be the first game for which Cavani is available after he had to self-isolate following his late free transfer switch to United.
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United Preview and Predictions
PSG only returned to action in early September after the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thomas Tuchel’s side were later named as French champions and PSG recovered from two defeats in the opening fortnight of 2020-21 to pick up four successive wins ahead of this game.
United’s own start to the 2020-21 Premier League season was delayed due to their participation in last season’s extended Europa League.Solskjaer’s side have struggled in Premier League action in 2020-21 with defeats against Crystal Palace and Tottenham either side of a win at Brighton.
United will be aiming to turn a corner in Paris but Tuchel’s side look well placed to keep their strong recent run of form going with a home win priced at 1.52. United are 6.00 for the victory, with the draw at 4.60. Ordinarily that might be a good result for Solskjaer, but as he’s already under pressure, it might not help his cause much.
PSG to win 2-1 at 8.25
That famous night in Paris back in 2019 is still held up as Solskjaer’s best result as United boss but their performances so far in 2020-21 are someway short of that level and PSG will be confident of kicking of their European season with three points.
Both teams to score at 1.68
Despite being unable to get their season going in recent games, United have still posed an attacking threat with at least a goal in all of their games so far. PSG meanwhile have Mbappe, so a goal is always in reach for the home side.