PSG to ease past Man Utd

Kylian Mbappe

A long night lies in store for Manchester United on Wednesday when they face Paris Saint-Germain in one of two Champions League last-16 ties.

PSG (-1) to beat Manchester United @ 5/4

No side in European Cup history has ever progressed to the next round after losing the home leg 2-0, a statistic which helps show exactly the size of the task United are facing here.

They were well beaten in the first leg, too, rarely troubling the French champions.

Throw in the fact that they must face a goal-laden home team without a number of key players – Paul Pogba (suspension) and Alexis Sanchez (injured) join a lengthy absentee list for this one – and Kylian Mbappe and co warrant support.

The best market in which to back them looks to be the handicap one – 5/4 about PSG giving up a one-goal start looks perfectly fair after what was seen at Old Trafford. United must come forward and PSG will create chances on the break.

Man Utd (-2.5) to commit most fouls @ 20/23

In the specials markets, backing United (-2.5) to commit the most fouls also looks worthwhile. They won the fouls count 17-7 at Old Trafford and in the competition as a whole have made 109 to PSG’s 78.

United could well be chasing the ball a lot at the Parc des Princes, trying to win it back, so a repeat of the first-leg tallies would be no surprise.

Porto gave themselves real hope with a late away goal in the first leg, one which means they only trail 2-1.

However, they still have much to do and must do so having lost their form of late.

Their defeat in the first leg saw an unbeaten run of 27 games broken and coming into this one they have a much more negative stat surrounding them.

Edin Dzeko to score first in Porto v Roma @ 9/2

Porto have managed just three wins from their last seven matches after they lost to Benfica at the weekend – a result which saw them lose their league lead in Portugal.

Edin Dzeko caused plenty of problems for Porto three weeks ago, hitting the post and missing another good chance, and he looks a decent shout at 9/2 to score first.

The Bosnian hit a lean spell either side of the winter break but he’s since bagged five goals in eight starts and looks sure to play a big part in this one.

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