Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City will face each other at the Parc des Princes in Paris in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 3:00 PM (ET). Here, you will find the expected lineups of both teams that will appear in Matchday 2 of Group A.
This will be both their fifth Champions League meeting. Interestingly, Paris Saint-Germain are yet to claim a triumph in head-to-head clashes, with Manchester City emerging victorious in three of their previous duels, and the remaining match has ended in a draw.
Their most recent game was played on May 4, 2021, when the Citizens claimed a comfortable 2-0 win (4-1 on aggregate) against the Parisians to go through to the 2020/21 Champions League Final. It promises to be an even more exciting clash as they meet for the third time this year, this time in the new UEFA Champions League 2021-2022 campaign.
PSG probable lineup
The Red and Blues coach Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that Lionel Messi would be able to recuperate from his injury and be ready to face the English side, especially with Angel Di Maria suspended. However, but the former Barcelona captain is doubtful.
Marco Verratti and Sergio Ramos are also set to miss the clash, although Layvin Kurzawa, Juan Bernat, and Colin Dagba have all returned to training, and Idrissa Gueye's UCL ban is over. Julian Draxler may start on the right-wing if Messi is ruled unfit, while Keylor Navas, expectedly, seems to be the favorite to start over Gianluigi Donnarumma.
PSG possible starting XI:
Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Gueye, Paredes, Herrera; Draxler, Mbappe, Neymar.
Manchester City probable lineup
Manchester City defending duo Aymeric Laporte and John Stones were included in the squad against Chelsea during the weekend, with the former playing the entire 90 minutes, and Stones will be hoping to start this time. Nathan Ake, who netted in the win over Leipzig, will not readily relinquish his spot, and it is unclear if Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan will recover from their respective injuries in time.
Given Rodri's recent fitness issues, Fernandinho may be considered for a start, while Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres will also want to return to the front line.
Manchester City possible starting XI:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Torres, Grealish.