Kick-off: Wednesday, February 13 @7:45 PM GMT
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid)
Head to head record
Real Madrid vs PSG 1-3 (International Champions Cup 2016)
Real Madrid vs PSG 1-0 (2015/2016 Champions League)
PSG vs Real Madrid 0-0 (2015/2016 Champions League)
PSG vs Real Madrid 0-1 (2014 Club Friendly)
PSG vs Real Madrid 0-1 (2013 Club Friendly)
Real Madrid vs PSG prediction
Real Madrid and PSG, the title holders and the main favourites to win the Champions League trophy, face each other at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the last 16 of the elite competition, first leg. A lively contest is on the cards, but it remains to be seen who will have a reason for celebration this time out.
A season to forget
Real Madrid impressed in the 2016/2017 season, with the team winning both La Liga and the Champions League, but they have not been as successful this term. Los Blancos sit in fourth position in the La Liga standings ahead of the visit of PSG, with the team already suffering elimination in Copa del Rey. The club chiefs obviously have faith in coach Zinedine Zidane, who could save the season by defending the Champions League trophy. The Spanish giants are fully focused on the double-header against PSG and, no doubt, a thrilling 5-2 win over Real Sociedad helped them regain a much-needed confidence. Cristiano Ronaldo is not enjoying a season to remember, but the Portuguese superstar, who scored a hat-trick against Real Sociedad at the weekend, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Full-back Dani Carvajal misses the match through suspension, whilst Jesu Vallejo is sidelined with injury. Coach Zinedine Zidane has no other selection worries ahead of Wednesday’s showdown.
Neymar loves to play against Real Madrid
Over the years Paris Saint-Germain have established themselves as the dominant force in French football, but they failed to win the Ligue 1 title last term. However, les Parisiens are on the right track to regain the domestic trophy, but the team’s main goal is to go all the away in the Champions League. Unai Emery’s men have been handed a tough draw as they face reigning champions Real Madrid in the last 16, but Neymar and Co. should take advantage of the fact that los Blancos have been struggling to find their best form in 2018. The Brazilian ace used to make life difficult for Real Madrid defenders during his spell with Barcelona and, no doubt, he will be highly motivated to prove his worth in Wednesday’s clash in Madrid. PSG are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Zinedine Zidane’s troops, but defence will be the key to their success.
Layvin Kurzawa has recovered in time to face Real Madrid, but Thiago Motta is unlikely to be risked. Coach Unai Emery is likely to stick to the 4-3-3 formation.
- Real Madrid are on a 17-game unbeaten run at home
- Los Blancos scored 18 goals in previous four league games
- PSG are on a six-match winning run in all competitions
- Neymar has netted 6 goals in the CL so far this term
- Ronaldo scored 9 goals in the group stages of the CL
Real Madrid vs PSG betting pick
Both Real Madrid and PSG are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Wednesday’s clash and given the attacking potential of the two sides, a high-scoring affair is on the horizon. Los Blancos have been scoring goals for fun in La Liga of late and seeing that PSG coach can count on key players for the first leg, I am positive that fans will see a real football festival at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Pick: Over 3.5 goals