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PSG vs. Manchester City predicted lineups and team news

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Both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are bidding to reach the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever after unsuccessful attempts in the recent past.

For the French champions, this is their fourth successive quarter final appearance in the Champions league but they were eliminated on the three previous occasions by Barcelona (twice) and Chelsea.

Manchester City, on the other hand, are only reaching this stage of the competition for the first time in their history after two consecutive round-of-16 eliminations at the hands of FC Barcelona.

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Both sides enjoyed dominant victories in the previous rounds with PSG beating Chelsea home and away to reach this stage while City won against Dynamo Kiev 3-1 on aggregate.

PSG have already won the French League so they have the luxury of resting their key players before any major European fixture which may well prove decisive in this tie.

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In contrast, the Citizens have had a disastrous league campaign and are currently battling for fourth spot alongside Manchester United and West Ham.

The Capital One Cup triumph in early February is the only positive for them this season so far so they will be keen on getting to the later stages in the Champions League and perhaps win the trophy to give their outgoing manager, Manuel Pellegrini, the perfect sending off.

Team news

PSG boss Laurent Blanc will be hoping to field the same starting XI that bullied Chelsea to submission at Stamford Bridge but Blaise Matuidi is a doubt and is subject to a late fitness test to ascertain his availability. Marco Veratti and Javier Pastore remain out injured while Serge Aurier is still suspended by the PSG board.

Manuel Pellegrini is expected to stick to the same starting XI that blew Bournemouth apart on Saturday. Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling will play no part in this game due to injury while Wily Caballero will replace the injured Joe Hart in goal.

Predicted lineups

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