Real Madrid v Paris Saint Germain is a huge game in the context of the season and Real Madrid will really want to claim an advantage going into the second leg in Paris. Real Madrid were not great in the group stages, so now is the time to put in a big performance.
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Zinedine Zidane will not be able to select Dani Carvajal for this first leg game as he is suspended. This is a huge blow for Los Blancos as PSG’s danger man Neymar will be playing from the left for them. Nacho is expected to cover that position instead of Achraf Hakimi. Casemiro and Bale were rested at the weekend and will come back in.
For PSG, Edinson Cavani sat out the game at the weekend as a precaution but he is expected to return for this huge clash. Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti and Layvin Kurzawa were all rested too and will start. Former Real Madrid man Angel di Maria will likely start from the bench.
Real Madrid v Paris Saint Germain Predicted Lineups
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema
Paris Saint Germain (4-3-3): Areloa; Alves; Marquinhos, Silva, Kurzawa; Verratti, Celso, Rabiot; Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar
Real Madrid v Paris Saint Germain Prediction
It has become quite clear that Real Madrid are not going to retain their La Liga title this season and they are out of the Copa Del Rey, so the Champions League is the last chance of any major silverware for Los Blancos.
PSG are dominating in France and are expected to win all of their domestic trophies. That being said, they will not be happy with their season if the go out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage, so they will be up for this game.
Since Real Madrid’s form is so hit and miss, PSG actually go into the tie as favourites to progress overall but there will be a lot of pressure on the French side and Real Madrid usually turn up in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Free Betting Tips
Real Madrid win 6/4 at Bet365.
Over 2.5 goals 4/9 at Bet365.
Real Madrid to win 2-1 9/1 at Bet365.
- Disclaimer: Odds correct at time of publishing