United can claim PSG advantage

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

A preview of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 ties, with Manchester United looking good to claim a first-leg lead over Paris Saint Germain.

United to win and both to score @ 11/4

The Red Devils look a different beast to the team that struggled through the group stage, with a remarkable win at Juventus turning their campaign around.

They have won 10 of 11 games under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and look to be meeting the Parisians at just the right time.

The French giants have lost star man Neymar to injury, while Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier are also set to miss out. They have also stuttered domestically for the first time this season, recently losing their unbeaten record to Lyon.

Thomas Tuchel’s men were hardly convincing themselves in the group stage, albeit they did finish top of a tough pool containing Liverpool and Napoli.

Their trip to Liverpool is worth noting here – they lost 3-2 but were clearly second-best and troubled by a team who really went at them.

It would be no surprise to see a confident United try something similar, with the in-form Marcus Rashford plus Frenchmen Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba all carrying a real threat.

United are flying right now in contrast to their opponents and can claim a first-leg lead. To boost the odds from 27/20 to 11/4, try backing them to win whilst conceding.

PSG have scored in their last 22 Champions League games and still have goals in them via the likes of Kylian Mbappe and in-form, ex-United man Angel Di Maria.

Roma to beat Porto – 11/10

In similar fashion to the United-PSG tie, these sides’ fortunes have flipped somewhat since the end of the group stage.

Having topped their group unbeaten, Porto have recently hit a bit of a sticky patch, winning just three of their last seven games while before that they had won 18 in a row.

Roma, on the other hand, are picking up having lost three of their group matches.

Since their last Champions League game, the Italians have played eight times in Serie A, winning five and losing only once (to champions Juventus).

Edin Dzeko, who scored five times in four group appearances, has ended a goal drought and they will head into this one confident of claiming a first-leg lead.

Porto’s group was the weakest of them all and this is a step up against a side who made the last four last season.

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