PSG vs Real Madrid
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 6 March 2018
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Neymar. Even if you’re not following the Ligue 1 closely, you must know what happened with him. It has been the… talk of the week in at least three countries, France, Spain (because of Real Madrid, the return leg in the Champions League), and of course Brazil, the country who expect their man to lead their national team to glory in the upcoming World Cup finals. Neymar is out for at least two months, maybe three, with some reports suggesting that he will return to action the last days of May, just in time to join Brazil’s squad before flying to Russia. The question is, can PSG beat Real Madrid by at least two goals without Neymar? They say they can. They have to say they can, they have to believe they can. One thing is for sure, Angel Di Maria is looking awesome, and could prove decisive in this game, in which PSG need someone to… shake things up, create something out of nothing if needed (if the game is still at 0-0 at halftime, for example), and he can definitely do that.
As I explained before Real Madrid hosted PSG, if their win was paying 2.10 and lower, I would have looked for something else, but seeing their victory at 2.50, my choice felt obvious. Until seconds before halftime, it looked like a lost bet, with PSG winning 1-0. Then, step by step, Real Madrid turned the tables around, ending up with a very good 3-1. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos trained normally on Sunday, big news for Zinedine Zidane, who definitely wanted to have those two players available in this game. A week ago, Real Madrid lost 1-0 at Espanyol, but they bounced back on Saturday, beating Getafe 3-1 at home. They are third in LaLiga, nowhere near leaders Barcelona, having… compromised with the fact that securing a Champions League spot for next season is the best they can do there.
Previous five matches:
Troyes vs PSG 0-2
PSG vs Marseille 3-0
PSG vs Marseille 3-0
PSG vs Strasbourg 5-2
Real Madrid vs PSG 3-1
Real Madrid vs Getafe 3-1
Espanyol vs Real Madrid 1-0
Real Madrid vs Alaves 4-0
Leganes vs Real Madrid 1-3
Betis vs Real Madrid 3-5
PSG’s next game is on Saturday, again at home, versus Metz (France Ligue 1). Same day, Real Madrid will be visiting Eibar (Spain LaLiga).
PSG vs Real Madrid: Head to head Stats
PSG have hosted Real Madrid three times before. In 1993 they beat them 4-1 in a Europa League (UEFA Cup, back then) quarterfinal. Next season, in a Cup Winners’ Cup quarterfinal, they drew 1-1. More recently, in 2015, they drew 0-0 in a Champions League group stage match.
PSG vs Real Madrid: Prediction
The question is, do you believe in PSG without Neymar? I do. Just as I backed Real Madrid to beat the Ligue 1 side in Spain, I’m backing PSG to win at home. Qualify as well? That, I doubt.
PSG vs Real Madrid: Betting Tips
PSG’s win pays 1.85, and is my main tip. I expect at least three goals, and PSG’s win combined with that, goes up a bit, to 2.35.
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