Manchester City and Wolfsburg are set to make their first appearances in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, and both will be facing tough odds to get any further in the tournament.
French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain hosts Manchester City in Wednesday’s headliner, while Wolfsburg plays Spanish La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid.
Man City is the last remaining English club in European competition, and will face off against an in-form PSG side led by red-hot Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Wolfsburg has the unenviable task of trying to stop a Real Madrid side coming off an impressive win against FC Barcelona.
Here’s a closer look at Wednesday’s UCL matches:
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester City
(Parc des Princes, at 2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes, Fox Soccer 2Go)
Paris Saint-Germain has already won Ligue 1, so all focus and energy will be directed at the current UCL run.
Man City stands in the way of a PSG team that has looked, at times, unstoppable during the 2015-16 campaign. Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore will likely miss the first leg in Paris, but a capable Thiago Motta should be able to step into the midfield and produce for PSG.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel Di Maria will be available and try to score goals against Joe Hart, who head coach Manuel Pellegrini confirmed to be available ahead of Wednesday’s game. Also boosting Man City’s squad will be the return of Kevin De Bruyne, who has been recovering from a knee injury.
Wolfsburg vs. Real Madrid
(Volkswagen Arena, 2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 2, ESPN Deportes TV, Watch ESPN)
Wolfsburg will host Real Madrid for the first leg of their quarterfinal matchup, but the Spanish club is coming into Wednesday’s match on the highest of notes.
Having defeated rival Barcelona over the weekend, Zinedine Zidane’s men will turn their attention towards a German Bundesliga side that has not done well in domestic play so far this season.
Wolfsburg, currently eighth on the Bundesliga table, has not won in its past three fixtures. If the German club is to upset the favored Madrid side, Bas Dost will surely need to score a goal. Defender Naldo could potentially be included on the gameday roster, which would be a massive boost.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will lead the Madrid attack, while Gareth Bale is expected to be a handful to deal with as well.