Odds: PSG Evens, Draw 3/1, Real Madrid 23/10
Kick Off: 1945, 06/03/2018
Stadium: Parc des Princes
TV: BT Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100th and 101st Champions League goals for Real Madrid have given Los Blancos a healthy advantage ahead of the second leg of their last-16 clash with PSG.
The Portugal forward has come in for criticism this season, along with manager Zinedine Zidane, but a 3-1 win at the Bernabeu boosted Real’s chances of a third successive Champions League triumph.
However, PSG did look dangerous going forward throughout that match and will not have given up hope of turning the tie around on home turf, even though Neymar misses out after recently suffering a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle.
The French aristocrats were outstanding in Paris during the group stage, scoring 15 times in a trio of wins, and who can forget their 4-0 drubbing of Barcelona here last term.
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PSG have not lost a home Champions League game since April 2015 and no visiting side has emerged victorious from the Parc de Princes for almost two years.
The big-spending French side made a statement of intent when adding Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to an already talented squad over the summer.
That firepower saw them finish as top scorers in the Champions League group stages, with 24 goals in five matches securing a place in the knockout stages with a game to spare.
But familiar frailties were exposed in the first leg, when having taken the lead through Adrien Rabiot, they crumbled late on to not only lose the game but leave themselves trying to recover a two-goal deficit.
However, PSG suffered no hangover from the Bernabeu debacle when beating Strasbourg 5-2 in Ligue 1, before a couple of 3-0 defeats of Marseille in that competition and the French Cup.
Emery’s side warmed up for this test with Saturday’s comfortable 2-0 win at Troyes, despite resting Edinson Cavani, Mbappe, midfielder Marco Verratti, winger Javier Pastore and defender Marquinhos.
With his side 14 points clear at the top of the table, Emery said: “I’m very happy. We maintained the level of play against a team that closed the spaces.
“We did not concede opportunities. The mood of the players in this match was very good. We were able to rest a few players. We are ready for Tuesday.”
We don’t expect PSG to do enough to progress to the last eight, but in Mbappe, Cavani and Angel Di Maria, they still have enough attacking talent to maintain their excellent home record with a 2-1 victory at 17/2.
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Real’s lowly LaLiga position means Zidane may need to deliver a third successive Champions League title in order to keep his job.
Reports have linked Los Blancos with a squad overhaul in the summer, with Neymar among those the club are rumoured to be pursuing, but the current crop have plenty of motivation to try and secure their own futures at the Bernabeu with European success.
The Whites’ inconsistent domestic form continued with last week’s 1-0 loss at Espanyol, although they did enjoy a 3-1 home win over Getafe on Saturday, with Ronaldo bagging a brace after Gareth Bale’s opener.
Zidane is still waiting on the fitness of midfield duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos after they missed out over the weekend, but Ronaldo is expected to be okay, despite having an ice pack over his calf when substituted late on.
With the Portugal star having scored 14 goals in his last eight appearances, Zidane said: “He’s going to be in Paris and I’m very happy because he is going through a very good moment. You need to take advantage.”
Reflecting on the win, the manager added: “Before a second-leg game like Tuesday, it was very important to have three days in a good mood.
“When you lose it’s tough, so it was very important to win. We played a very serious game.”
Real have scored in their last 10 Champions League away games, so we’re rounding off our PSG vs Real Madrid betting predictions with 7/4 for a home win and both teams to score.
Troyes 0-2 PSG – Angel Di Maria, Christopher Nkunku
REAL MADRID 3-1 Getafe – Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo (2)
Head-to-head: Real Madrid 3-1 PSG, Real Madrid 1-0 PSG, PSG 0-0 Real Madrid
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