Real Madrid vs PSG
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 14 February 2018
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Adrien Rabiot, a PSG midfielder, said the other day what everyone following Real Madrid is thinking, that the Champions League presents Zinedine Zidane and his players with their only chance to save their season, which makes them, possibly, even more dangerous. The LaLiga is practically over for them, they just need to… do the absolute minimum and finish in the top-4. The Copa del Rey is over as well, they have already gotten eliminated. The Champions League is all Real Madrid are left with, it’s their only chance to… redeem themselves, to save what is an otherwise pathetic season for them. They finished second in their group, behind Tottenham, they failed big in several games since then in Spain’s domestic competitions, but they remain… Real Madrid. Last weekend they beat Real Sociedad 5-2 at home, conceding twice in the dying minutes of the match. Sergio Ramos admitted their mind was on PSG, the first leg, at home, a game they will need their fans cheering, not jeering. Karim Benzema was whistled at, again, last weekend, with his captain, Ramos, telling the fans to leave the whistles aside, at least in this vastly important game against PSG.
These two round of 16 matches are Real Madrid’s chance of saving their season (starting saving it, as a simple qualification for the quarterfinals won’t do the trick, they need to go all the way), but its also Neymar’s time to really justify his decision to leave Barcelona for PSG. They are leading in the Ligue 1, they should win the championship in France, the Cup as well, but the real challenge for them is to succeed in the Champions League, winning the CL is what will boost Neymar’s chances of being crowned the new… king of football, surpassing (for this season) Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Brazilian has been awesome since his first game for PSG, despite some on and off the field problems. Eliminating Real Madrid, will make his fans say he was right to ditch Barcelona. Getting eliminated, would leave both him and the Paris club deeply hurt.
Previous five matches:
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad 5-2
Levante vs Real Madrid 2-2
Valencia vs Real Madrid 1-4
Real Madrid vs Leganés 1-2
Real Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruña 7-1
Toulouse vs PSG 0-1
Sochaux vs PSG 1-4
Lille vs PSG 0-3
Rennes vs PSG 2-3
PSG vs Montpellier 4-0
Real Madrid’s next game is at Real Betis on Sunday (LaLiga). PSG are hosting Strasbourg on Saturday (Ligue 1).
Real Madrid vs PSG: Head to head Stats
Real Madrid have hosted PSG three times before, twice in the first half of the 90s. They beat them 3-1 in 1993 (UEFA Cup quarterfinal), they lost 1-0 next season (Cup Winners’ Cup quarterfinal), and beat them again in 2015, 1-0, in a Champions League group stage game.
Real Madrid vs PSG: Prediction
I’m thrilled to see Real Madrid’s win pay 2.50, because deep down I expect them to… draw a line in this match, leave their LaLiga and Copa del Rey nightmares behind them, and look like… Real Madrid. I don’t know about qualifying or not, but at least in this first leg, I do expect them to win.
Real Madrid vs PSG: Betting Tips
If Real Madrid’s win was paying less than 2.10-2.20, I would turn my attention to a special bet. Seeing their victory at 2.50, I’m left so satisfied that I see no reason to take an even bigger risk searching for something closer (or over) 3.00.
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