Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 showdown with Manchester United.

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Paris Saint-Germain's quest for European glory will resume on Tuesday night when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

The Ligue 1 giants have dominated domestically in recent years and sit 10 points clear at the top of the table this time around too, but success in the Champions League has so far eluded them.

PSG take on a revitalised Manchester United side too, with the Red Devils having won 10 and lost none of their 11 games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Thomas Tuchel could set the visitors up at Old Trafford.



Possible PSG XI vs. MNU

Out: Edinson Cavani (hip), Neymar (foot), Thomas Meunier (head)
Doubtful: None

PSG are likely to be without two of their vaunted front three for the trip to Old Trafford, with Neymar definitely out with a foot injury and Edinson Cavani a major doubt after being forced off against Bordeaux on Saturday.

Kylian Mbappe is fit and firing, though, and will likely lead the line alone with Tuchel being forced into a reshuffle due to the injury concerns.

Former Manchester United attacker Angel Di Maria is expected to start as a result, while Christopher Nkunku and Julian Draxler could provide further attacking support should Tuchel opt for a 4-2-3-1 system ahead of a 4-3-3.

Marco Verratti is back fit and got an hour under his belt at the weekend, so he could start again for this match as Leandro Paredes is forced to wait for his full debut.

Tuchel has been using Dani Alves in midfield in recent weeks, but Marquinhos has more experience in that position and so may be preferred for this match, leaving Alves to compete for a right-back slot with Thilo Kehrer in the absence of the injured Thomas Meunier.

Speaking of experience, Gianluigi Buffon is also expected to get the nod between the sticks ahead of Alphonse Areola.

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How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Manchester United

How Manchester United could line up against Paris Saint-Germain

Manchester United will take their resurgence to the European stage on Tuesday night when they host French giants Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

The Red Devils have won 10 and drawn one of their 11 matches under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far, but come up against their toughest test yet when star-studded PSG come to town.

However, the visitors will be without some key players which could boost United's chances of claiming an advantage to take back to the Parc des Princes next month.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Solskjaer could line his side up for the match.



Possible MNU XI vs. PSG

Out: Marcos Rojo (knock), Antonio Valencia (muscle), Matteo Darmian (knock)
Doubtful: Victor Lindelof (knock)

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Victor Lindelof missed the match against Fulham due to a knock, but he could recover in time for Tuesday's game to provide further competition to the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.

Solskjaer has no other new injury concerns, although Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo all remain sidelined and are not expected back until towards the end of the month.

Marcus Rashford will be pushing for a recall after being rested against Fulham on Saturday, while the likes of Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young will also hope to return to the starting XI.

Anthony Martial scored a memorable solo effort at Craven Cottage and is expected to start once again, while in-form Paul Pogba is now one of the first names on the United teamsheet.

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Chelsea suffering the away-day blues in 2019

Chelsea suffered yet another defeat on the road on Sunday as Premier League leaders Manchester City put six goals past Maurizio Sarri’s side less than two weeks on from the shock 4-0 loss away at Bournemouth.

The hammering at the hands of City was Chelsea’s heaviest defeat since a 7-0 loss against Nottingham Forest in April 1991 and extended their losing start to the year in games away from Stamford Bridge.

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Here, Press Association Sport looks at the numbers behind Chelsea’s first four away games of 2019.

Matches lost – 4/4

Sarri’s side have failed to register a single positive result in any of their first four away matches of the year. The run started with a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie before Premier League losses at Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City contributed to their slide to sixth in the table.

Goals conceded – 13

Chelsea have shipped 13 goals in their four away matches so far this year, conceding once against Spurs and twice against Arsenal before 4-0 and 6-0 losses to Bournemouth and City respectively. Seven of these goals were conceded in the first half, with the other six coming after the break.

Goals scored – 0

Eden Hazard has failed to score an away goal in 2019 so far
Eden Hazard has failed to score an away goal in 2019 so far (Nick Potts/PA)

The goals have been flying in for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in recent games, with new signing Gonzalo Higuain and top scorer Eden Hazard both netting twice as the Blues thumped Huddersfield 5-0 in their last home match. But the same cannot be said on the road, with Chelsea failing to score in any of their away fixtures since the turn of the year.

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