Kick-off: 2000, 15/02/2022
Stadium: Parc des Princes
TV: BT Sport
PSG took four points off Real Madrid during the group stage a couple of seasons ago, including a 3-0 home win, and have strengthened since then.
The visitors can boast a record 13 European triumphs, whereas their hosts have yet to lift this trophy, but Real have looked like a team in decline at elite level of late.
We’re happy to take 1.95 for the big-spending French outfit to secure a first-leg advantage in our opening PSG vs Real Madrid prediction.
PSG Betting Odds
PSG have been knocking on the door for a few seasons now, reaching the final in 2020 and the semis last season.
The mega-rich Qatar-backed club invested heavily again to try and get over the line, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi added to an already impressive squad.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to settle for second best in Group A behind Manchester City but showed enough encouraging signs to make them a threat in the knockout stages once more.
City were beaten 2-0 at Parc des Princes, with Messi scoring via a sublime strike, and PSG were competitive in a 2-1 defeat at Etihad Stadium.
Messi also shone in other home victories over RB Leipzig and Club Brugge, netting four times in those games.
Kylian Mbappe grabbed the other three goals as the German outfit were beaten 3-2 and the Belgian side went down 4-1.
PSG are runaway leaders in Ligue 1 this term and will be hoping Neymar and Ramos can be more prominent in the second half of the campaign.
Real Madrid Betting Odds
Real were also beaten semi-finalists last season, when upsetting Liverpool before losing out to Chelsea.
Carlo Ancelotti has been a steadying influence this season and the Whites did well to win Group D, finishing five points clear of Inter Milan.
The Nerazzurri were beaten twice in that pool, along with Shakhtar Donetsk, while Sheriff were defeated in Tiraspol.
However, a 2-1 loss to the Moldovan minnows at the Bernabeu highlighted how the Whites still have plenty to prove.
This is very much an ageing team, with key figures Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema having a combined age of over 100.
Defensive stalwarts Ramos and Raphael Varane may have been let go at the right time, but Real must still rebuild further before thinking about a return of the glory days.
Let’s finish off our PSG vs Real Madrid betting tips by taking 13.0 for a 3-1 home win.
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