PSG vs Real Madrid: PSG to bow out despite victory
Odds: PSG 3/4, Draw 14/5, Real Madrid 16/5
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 were on the wrong end of a remarkable second-leg comeback at this stage last season, when Barcelona recovered from 4-0 down with a 6-1 victory in the second leg.
A Look At PSG’s Betting Odds
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.
However, familiar frailties were exposed in the first leg.
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, and PSG’s goalscorer pulled no punches in his assessment.
“It’s annoying because I think we did the right things,” Rabiot said after the first leg.
“The problem is that it’s easy to put eight past Dijon. It’s in these matches that you have to be decisive.”
We don’t expect PSG to do enough to progress to the last eight, but they can maintain their excellent home record with a 2-1 victory at 15/2.
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.
Real have scored in their last 10 Champions League away games, so we’re rounding off our PSG vs Real Madrid betting predictions with 21/50 that both teams score.
Last Champions League result:
REAL MADRID 3-1 PSG – Cristiano Ronaldo (2), Marcelo; Adrien Rabiot
Head-to-head: Real Madrid 3-1 PSG, Real Madrid 1-0 PSG, PSG 0-0 Real Madrid
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