January 5, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Having scored almost all of Les Parisiens' Champions League knockout stage goals so far this season, Al Hain-Cole expects the France star to dominate
Much of Manchester City’s focus for Wednesday’s Champions League away leg against Paris Saint-Germain will be stopping Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Mbappe in particular has scored eight times in his last five appearances in this competition, providing six of Les Parisiens’ eight goals in knockout stage wins over Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Indeed, he is bet365’s 9/2 (5.50) favourite to open the scoring at the Parc des Princes and priced at 5/4 (2.25) to strike anytime.
Having warmed up for this clash by putting two goals past Metz at the weekend, that anytime price actually looks fairly generous on the World Cup final goalscorer underlining his big game credentials with another important strike here.
Neymar laid on two of PSG’s three goals in a more supportive role against Bayern but can be backed at 8/5 (2.60) to turn from creator to goalscorer in this one.
In fine form with six goals to his name in the last four games, Mauro Icardi could provide Mauricio Pochettino with an ace up his sleeve from the substitute’s bench – on offer at 8/5 (2.60) to grab a first Champions League goal of the season.
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While the hosts’ dangermen are in no doubt, Pep Guardiola’s attacking line-up is a little more difficult to predict given his rotation policy and frequent preference for a striker-less formation.
In fact, Gabriel Jesus has started just one of the last four knockout stage matches against Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund, making him a rather unappealing 11/2 (6.50) first goalscorer or 8/5 (2.60) anytime bet.
Nevertheless, there is little doubt that Kevin De Bruyne is set to play an important role in the manager’s plans, with odds of 7/4 (2.75) available on him scoring for the third Champions League game in four.
Similarly, Phil Foden is almost certain to be involved after scoring the winning goal in both legs against Dortmund and could offer enticing value at 21/10 (3.10) anytime odds in what promises to be an engrossing clash in Paris.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.