The latest round of the UEFA Cup gets underway tomorrow night with English Premiership club Manchester City welcoming French side Paris Saint-Germain to Eastlands.
Although 128 years old, Manchester City has never before faced French opposition but a 2-0 win at German side FC Schalke 04 late last month made qualifying for the next round of 32 teams a mathematical certainty with two games to spare.
However, Paris Saint-Germain have won just one point after their first two matches and are rooted to the foot of Group A. In its history, the Parisien’s have played six matches against English teams but have only managed one win and have scored only a solitary goal across the Channel.
Reflecting this history, online bookmakers have made Manchester City the overwhelming favorites to win on Wednesday night with Sportingbet.com offering the home side at odds of 13/20 to emerge victorious. Boylesports.com and Ladbrokes.com have the ‘Citizens’ at 4/6 followed by Canbet.com and VictorChandler.com at 7/10. BlueSq.com have gone with the more respectable 8/11 alongside SkyBet.com, StanJames.com, BetDirect.com, 888Sport.com, Coral.co.uk and Bet365.com while PaddyPower.com, BetFred.com and ToteSport.com are offering 4/5.
Paris Saint-Germain are listed at odds of 11/4 by ToteSport.com to leave the City of Mancheser Stadium with a win followed by Coral.co.uk giving 14/5.
PaddyPower.com has the French side at 16/5, which is a little worse than the 10/3 being offered by Ladbrokes.com and SkyBet.com. The best odds from a French perspective could be the 7/2 offered by 888Sport.com, BlueSq.com and WillHill.com.
A draw would certainly please both sides but that looks unlikely with ToteSport.com giving this eventuality at 9/4 followed by Ladbrokes.com, 888Sport.com, SkyBet.com, BlueSq.com and Canbet.com at 12/5. VictorChandler.com is not alone in offering a tie after 90 minutes at odds of 5/2 and has been joined by Bet365.com, BetFred.com, Boylesports.com, PaddyPower.com, Sportingbet.com, BetDirect.com, StanJames.com, WillHill.com and Coral.co.uk.