Lots of questions are ahead of the Champions League last-16 highlight fixture as Zinedine Zidane’s side host PSG on February 14. What to expect from ‘MCN’? Will Zidane face another epic collapse? Will Cristiano continue his scoring campaign? We will try to answer some of these questions in our Real Madrid vs PSG betting predictions.
Online sportsbooks in Spain suggest Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain to be the toughest clash in the first knock-out stage. The winning team will gain great confidence for placing a seat in the finals. The biggest surprise will be if the two-time title holders Los Blancos will be able to declare a comeback and a hunger for the third-time title run in a row at the Bernabeu next week. Our Real Madrid vs PSG betting predictions expect a final blow in the face of Zinedine Zidane although his men will fight hard to keep hope for the second leg in March.
Real Madrid vs PSG H2H stats
The Parisian team is the leader of Ligue 1, finalist in the League Cup, and wants to take a step forward in the Champions League. PSG are on their way to Span’s capital. They visited the city last time in Nov 03, 2015, and they lost (1-0) in the group stage, when Real Madrid won the Champions League title for the 11th time. Yet Real are now 4th placed in La Liga and struggling to keep pace with Barcelona, dropped out of Copa del Rey in the quarter-finals, and there are lots of doubts according to online sportsbooks in Spain that they can win the biggest title in Europe with such stumbling performance in the group stage against the Spurs.
Real Madrid vs PSG betting predictions on tactical decisions
(source: The World Game)
It will be the first meeting between Unai Emery and Zinedine Zidane, although Emery has more experience against Real Madrid as he spent coaching Valencia for four years. Another key exam will be between the two teams’ attacking trios as they meet for the first time in such form. All eyes will be fixed on the ‘MCN’ bearing down on Keylor Navas as their 66 goals so far in all competitions are split between Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar are on the rise, unlike Zidane’s ‘BBC’ who have only 30 goals in record for this season in all three competitions. They reunited in late of January, 2018 after nine months of irregularity, and there are lots of speculations that this season will be their last campaign in La Liga.
Online sportsbook news suggest that PSG team are better prepared than a year ago against Barcelona. Unai Emery’s starting eleven are already defined, with only one possible option, which is Di Maria to start in midfield alongside Verrati, especially after giving great performance in last 10 games with 9 goals. On the other side we expect some changes in Zidane’s line-up to save his immediate future against PSG. As the rotation strategy is no longer a success, Zidane will try to go with standard formation and put his faith in the attacking trio. On the back defense Nacho will replace Dani Carvajal with a hope that he will perform as a winning card similarly as he did against PSG in 2015.
Who are the favourites to advance?
Although Cristiano Ronaldo scored in every group game, there’s a deep worry not to go back deep into the only title run left for this season. At Pinnacle Sportsbook Real Madrid still have better odds (2.420) since they are the home side, but the Bernabeu already failed them several times this season with recent loss against Leganes in Copa del Rey quarter-final. So our recommendation goes with PSG to win the match or finish with a valuable draw. The odds for PSG victory are 2.889, while for a draw they are 3.760.