As Neymar surgery news dominate the scene before next week’s Champions League decider with Real Madrid, we try to analyze how far Paris St-Germain v Real Madrid second leg odds truly rely on the superstar’s participation.
Online sportsbook news in France suggest that if PSG work hard as a team without Neymar they can win against Real Madrid. But can they score two or more goals and maintain clean sheet during the 90 minutes? Well, it seems that the lack of team play and the identical defensive lapse over and over again matter the most in drawing expectations about Paris St-Germain v Real Madrid second leg odds. Although it is crucial for Emery to fill the gap of Neymar with his strong impact on the team, the Brazilian’s presence in the first leg did not prevent the bitter loss.
What ought to be changed about Emery’s tactical plan?
Unai Emery has to put in place a strong plan to overturn a (3-1) deficit. Di Maria appeared to be able to provide a timely boost after the Neymar news with his double score against Marseille in Coupe de France, but the team has bigger problems than just filling the gap of Neymar’s absence.
According to online sportsbook news in France during the first leg clash at the Bernabeu, individualism set the tone, as not one pass was completed between Neymar and Cavani or between Mbappe and Cavani. In addition PSG suffered many errors on the defensive side, and Emery made some negative last-minute decisions. The ego-heavy squad cost PSG to lose by Barcelona last season, Bayern Munich in group stage, and Real Madrid in the first leg. If Emery manages to address some of these perpetual problems, a victory for PSG can be achieved.
Paris St-Germain v Real Madrid second leg odds
We can all agree that Di Maria will be the natural choice for Champions League, solving the absence of most expensive footballer in no time. Thus PSG’s unity and aggression at Parc des Princes will be genuinely tested next week. However it does not mean that the royal club has a steady campaign and will show up with the same high quality performance as at home. Zidane’s men encountered numerous rise-and-fall incidents this season and the last one just happened against Espanyol, when Gerard Moreno scored an injury-time winner for the first time in over a decade.
PSG may enjoy the favourite odds as a home side, but whether they will advance to the quarter-finals is not easy to predict. At Bwin Sportsbook PSG enjoy (2.10) odds for a match winner, while the odds for Real Madrid are (3.10). On the other hand Real Madrid enjoy (1.30) odds for advancing to the quarter-finals, particularly due to their huge advantage in the first leg, while PSG are less likely to advance with odds at (3.40). What do you think, who will rise as the heavyweight contender for Champions League title?