Real Madrid vs PSG Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Cristiano Ronaldo was simply brilliant in the weekend when Real Madrid trashed Real Sociedad but this time “Los Blancos” are set for a dodgy challenge when PSG arrives in Spanish capital for round one of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash. Valentine’s Day of 2018 will secure pure romance for the football fans who can rejoice in one of the most anticipated 1/8 finals in the past years, featuring two of the richest and most ambitious clubs not only in Europe, but worldwide. They both need no introduction as every football lover is perfectly aware of the amazing squads either Real Madrid and PSG have, so hold your breathe and place your bets on one of the top football games in 2018’s schedule.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Real Madrid and PSG, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the chosen market.
Real Madrid CF
The UEFA Champions League clearly represents last opportunity for Real Madrid to salvage their season. Ruled out of serious contention in the La Liga and already eliminated in the Copa del Rey, Zinedine Zidane needs to win an unprecedented third consecutive European title to have any hope of remaining Madrid boss beyond the end of the season.
The Merengues will be inspired by a 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and thus sent a certain claim he’s in form in the right moment. Zizou used a 4-4-2 formation in that game but we believe he’ll stick within the trophy winning 4-3-3, with the attacking BBC trio – Bale, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Dani Carvajal is suspended for the first game, giving Zinedine Zidane a real issue at the right-back up against Neymar. Nacho is expected to deputize rather than Achraf Hakimi. Meanwhile, Casemiro was rested in the weekend and we expect him back in midfield, alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, whereas they all must be effective enough in both stages of Real Madrid’s game plan.
Paris Saint Germain
Unai Emery will also be judged on his European performances this year. PSG are expected to win all domestic trophies, not only the Ligue 1, but the season will still be deemed a disappointment if they do not go far in the Champions League.
The form shown by both sides through the season makes PSG the clear favourites, at least on paper. However, they have struggled to make the transition from a team that dominates domestically to a giant of European football. After a narrow success in Toulouse last weekend, Unai Emery’s men must prepare for a completely different challenge in Madrid where Los Blancos will be eager to save their season, while “Les Parisiens” must finally justify all investments made in the club for the last few years.
Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves and Thomas Meunier compete for a starting spot at the right-back, while former Real Madrid player Angel di Maria will have to settle for a place on the bench. If we assume that Emery is set to start with an attacking trio featuring all star names – Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani. The Uruguayan has missed PSG’s weekend victory over Toulouse but should be fully fit to start against Real Madrid. Julian Draxler, meanwhile, will most likely be dropped on the bench as well. Giovani Lo Celso has played well in midfield and it would be a surprise if Unai Emery dropped him in favour of either Draxler or Lass Diarra.
Thiago Silva, Layvin Kurzawa and Marco Verratti will return in PSG’s starting lineup after sitting out at the weekend.
Champions League: Real Madrid vs PSG – Prediction and Betting Tips
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 17 Champions League home matches since a surprising 3-4 defeat to Schalke 04 in March 2015. It has been followed by some glorious efforts against tough teams like Atletico Madrid, Roma, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund, but current PSG will be something else. Nevertheless, we believe Real Madrid are those who can benefit and materialize their home advantage in the super heavyweight clash on Wednesday night, so we fancy the currently suggested betting odds with the Asian Handicap 0 (Draw No Bet) on Los Blancos. We can hardly compare any of the Ligue 1 visits with an upcoming Champions League knockout game, especially against the reigning champion at the “Santiago Bernabéu”. Besides, PSG have already struggled in some of the major visits they had thus far, against Bayern Munich, Lyon and Marseille.
Possible Lineups of Real Madrid and PSG
Venue: “Estadio Santiago Bernabéu”, Madrid.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi from Italy.
Real Madrid CF: Keylor Navas – Nacho, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo – Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos – Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo. (4-3-3)
Missing players: Daniel Carvajal, Jesús Vallejo and Dani Ceballos.
Paris Saint-Germain: Alphonse Areola – Layvin Kurzawa, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Dani Alves – Giovani Lo Celso, Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot – Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe. (4-3-3)
Missing players: None.