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Man City vs PSG: Champions League – LIVE!


City are a point ahead of the Ligue 1 leaders with two games remaining in Group A. They eased past Everton over the weekend, in their first of three home matches this week.

A draw tonight would see City through to the knockout stages, but they will be eyeing the three points that would secure their passage as group winners.

PSG came out on top when the sides met in Paris earlier in the competition, with Lionel Messi scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win.

But despite that victory they still trail City, and have to put the distraction of rumours linking Mauricio Pochettino to the Man United job to one side.

Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…

Live updates

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Warm-ups nearly done

Just over 15 minutes to go, warm-ups pretty much done at the Etihad.

If City can keep these two quiet tonight, they’ll go a long way to securing the three points.

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Pochettino staying focused

The PSG boss was asked in his press conference yesterday about the rumours linking him with the Man Utd job.

“This type of thing cannot distract. Rumours are there, and we need to live with that.

“We are so focused, we are giving our 100% to give our best for the club and to help the players perform in the best way. I am so happy at Paris Saint-Germain.”

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Hosts are in the building

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James Robson at the Etihad

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So, no Jack Grealish or Phil Foden in the Man City squad.

Bernardo Silva has been brilliant in recent weeks in midfield, but it looks like he’ll be starting further forward tonight – potentially as a false nine.

PSG’s big-name trio all start as expected. It’s a serious bench for the French side – Ramos, Icardi, Di Maria, Wijnaldum, Donnarumma among the options!

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PSG LINE-UP

Starting XI: Navas, Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, Herrera, Paredes, Gueye, Messi, Mbappe, Neymar.

Subs: Ramos, Verratti, Icardi, Di Maria, Danilo Pereira, Dagba, Wijnaldum, Diallo, Kehrer, Ebimbe, Donnarumma, Franchi.

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MAN CITY LINE-UP

Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Mahrez, Silva, Sterling.

Subs: Steffen, Carson, Ake, Laporte, Fernandinho, McAtee, Jesus, Palmer.

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Prediction

City have looked imperious since a mini-blip at the end of October that saw their long unbeaten Carabao Cup run halted by West Ham and Crystal Palace cause a shock at the Etihad.

Guardiola’s men have put Brugge, Manchester United and Everton firmly to the sword, though PSG obviously pose an entirely different threat and have lost just one match across all competitions so far this term.

It remains to be seen how much of a distraction the Pochettino speculation will be for the visitors, while De Bruyne is a big miss for City.

We’ll plump for an entertaining, high-scoring draw between two star-studded superpowers.

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PSG team news

Sergio Ramos could finally make his PSG debut tonight. A calf injury has hampered the start of his career in the French capital, but he has returned to full training.

It seems unlikely though that Ramos will go straight into the team – the 35-year-old has not played a competitive match since the second leg of last season’s Champions League semi-final with Chelsea in May, while at Real Madrid.

Only Julian Draxler and Rafinha are missing due to injury. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have all been included in the 23-man travelling PSG squad.

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