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Today’s Champions League match preview; Manchester United visit PSG as they look to make it to the next round, elsewhere it’s Porto with a greater job to do as they play host to Roma.

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Europe – Champions League

Psg – Manchester United

Psg

PSG will continue their raid for the much treasured Champions League after they moved 20 points clear in Ligue 1. The top French side are keeping hope alive that they can finally achieve Europe’s biggest competition. After the 1st leg at Old Trafford, the French side find themselves in the drivers seat going into this clash. United have lost 2 consecutive games in this competition thus make the home side the favorites in this encounter.

The host have recorded 35 goals in 10 Champions League matches at home but have failed to keep a clean slate in the last 5. Also both teams have found the net in 10 of their previous 11 matches in the competition. This game is poised to be pregnant with goals as the Red Devils have shown their attacking prowess under new management.

Manchester United

Manchester United head to PSG having lost at home for the 1st time at this stage of the competition since March 2014. They had no fairytale trips in Europe and this settling isn’t looking easy for them.

The tides don’t seen to be looking good for the visitors. Stats show that 4 of the last 5 two legged encounters between English and French sides have seen the French progress. That’s not all though, it is also worthy of mention that none of the last 6 English sides to face PSG at Parc Des Princes have wine. The only side to hold that honour is Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2003.

PICK

Home win and both teams to score

Porto – Roma

The two teams who clash on Wednesday night both lost their matches over the weekend to their domestic rivals. Porto lost to Benfica 2-1 while Lazio thrashed Roma 3 nil. That huge loss has Roma in the battle to make the top four in Italy.

Porto

The home sides league defeated saw them vacate their position on top of the table with a little time to spare though. Their attention would be drifted to putting up a strong display in this second leg encounter. Their away goal has them at an advantage as a 1-0 victory could secure passage to the last 8. Their loss to Benfica brought an end to their 15 match winning run in front of home supporters .

Vincent Aboubakar’s absence hit the team really hard but they have coped so far in Europe. Moussa Marega came to the rescue with 5 goals in 6 group matches before missing the 1st leg of this tie due to injury. He has returned to the squad and is set to make his presence felt in the second leg.

Roma

It’s pretty difficult to pick the side that would win this contest. Porto really look like the favourites but Roma hold the lead at the moment. 45.8% of teams who won their first leg ties at home by 2-1 have progressed to the next round. Roma need to carry-on but their confidence has suffered a major blow.

Their travels in Europe haven’t been convincing so far as they have lost 7 knockout stage matches away from home. Their last away win in the KO stages of this competition dates back to March 2008.

PICK

Home win or draw and under 3.5 goals

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