Champions League quarter-final action continues on Wednesday night and English attentions will naturally be cast to the Parc des Princes as Manchester City fly the Premier League flag against French champions PSG.
However, there’s an equally fascinating contest taking place in Germany as Real Madrid visit Wolfsburg. Both games have the potential for huge drama, and it should be another cracking night from the greatest club competition in the world.
But who will take those important first steps towards the last four? Here’s all you need to know:
PSG v Manchester City
Wednesday 6th April. 7:45PM. BT Sport Europe
Both PSG and Manchester City have invested big money in their attempts to join Europe’s elite and reaching the semi-final would be a massive achievement for either side. Both clubs will be optimistic heading into this quarter-final clash, but it’s the French team that hold the aces in this first leg in Paris.
The Ligue 1 club strolled to the domestic title once again and have now turned their eyes to the competition that everyone wants to win. Laurent Blanc’s squad bursts with quality all over the pitch. Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already announced that this will be his last season; the Swede would love to end his spell in France by adding the one domestic honour that’s missing from his CV.
PSG aren’t the only side losing a big name over the summer, though. In addition to the imminent departure of manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Citizens are preparing for life without Yaya Toure after his agent confirmed that the Ivorian will be leaving too. Nevertheless, with Kevin De Bruyne back to help the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero, the visitors can at least have some hope of victory.
However, despite their big win at Bournemouth on Saturday, the Citizens have looked poor on the road in recent months. They’ll need to be at their very best if they want to stop the rampant French hosts. Whatever happens, it should be an intense battle from start to finish.
PSG v Manchester City Betting
With home advantage on their side, PSG are the odds-on favourites at 7/10 with Bet365. However, Manchester City will fancy their chances of sealing a positive result and can be backed at 9/2. Alternatively, the draw is available at 3/1.
The quarter-final stage is new territory for the Citizens and they should see it as a huge step en route to becoming a true European heavyweight. Unfortunately, they are likely to suffer the same fate as Chelsea did in the previous round by falling to the French.
PSG’s star-studded squad is in great confidence having already wrapped up their domestic title at this premature stage. However, Ibrahimovic is definitely the main source of danger. With William Hill offering money back if he scores the second, we’ve got to fancy him to hit the first.
Wolfsburg v Real Madrid
Wednesday 6th April. 7:45PM. BT Sport Extra
Zinedine Zidane couldn’t have asked for a better Champions League quarter-final draw and his Real Madrid side will be determined to take another step towards rescuing their season. Nonetheless, they can have no room for complacency at the VW Arena.
The dramatic late win at Barcelona on Saturday was Real’s sixth straight win in all competitions, though, and having the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale united and firing on all cylinders has made a huge impact. Quite frankly, it should be too much for the Bundesliga hosts.
Wolfsburg aren’t exactly enjoying the best season and enter this game having failed to win any of their last three fixtures. This includes a 3-0 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday night, which serves as a huge cause for concern; Dieter Hecking’s men will need to be in far better form if they want to achieve anything here.
The quality of Max Kruse and Bas Dost can give Real Madrid problems, but Wolfsburg know that they must win this leg to have any chance of progression. That pressure could play right into the hands of Los Blancos.
Wolfsburg v Real Madrid Betting
Real Madrid are firm favourites to progress over two legs and are strongly fancied to put one foot in the semi-final with a first leg win. The Blancos are priced 7/10 to win the away leg at Bet365 while Wolfsburg are 17/4 to cause an upset. The draw is available at 3/1.
Zidane has made the Spanish giants look stronger than they did under Rafa Benitez, but their defensive vulnerabilities are still clear to see on occasion. For Wolfsburg, attacking this area of the pitch is a must.
But even if the Germans do score, we can’t see them keeping out the likes of Ronaldo and Bale. We’re predicting a game of goals, and think the visitors will show their attacking prowess to seal a crucial first leg victory.