Its Wednesday and another UEFA Champions League night is here before us, as the most prestigious club in the competition – Real Madrid vs Ligue 1 side – PSG battle it all out.
All these might likely start changing this year, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe forming arguably the strongest front-three in the history of football
The French side have a real potential to bolster their confidence and improve their reputation tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, the Mauricio Pochettino team have been persistent under performers in European football for a few years now.
The initial leg of this match did not feature many goals as the Pochettino’s side only managed to salvage a 1-0 victory over 13-time champions Real Madrid.
The second leg will obviously be more difficult as the Los Blancos will be to secure a win in their home ground but will hoping to achieve all that without their midfield anchor – Toni Kroos and Brazilian heavyweight Casemiro.
For the time being, everything appears to be in place for the French giants though.
The main concern is whether the Royal Whites’ ability will be too much for the Parisians to overcome.
You can take a look at the crucial statistics from their head-to-head matchups below.
Key Real Madrid vs PSG Head-to-head (h2h)
The Ligue 1 league leaders have gone undefeated in their last three meetings.
In their last five encounters, the Los Blancos have struggled to keep a clean sheet.
There were less than three goals in five of the last nine meetings.
The previous time the French side faced a Spanish team in the Champions League knockout stages, they won 5-1 on aggregate.
The average amount of goals per game in the last eight encounters between these two clubs has been 2.67.
TEAM NEWS – FORM
Real Madrid WDLWWW
The Real Madrid defence deserves a lot of credit judging from their recent performances.
The Spanish giants have had a solid defender, conceding only two goals in their last six games.
We’ll have to see if that tendency continues in the game tonight.
Paris Saint-Germain WWWLWL
Following a setback in their last Ligue 1 match against Nice, PSG and its supporters will be looking for a positive outcome this time.
Paris Saint-Germain had 57 percent possession and eight shots on goal, two of which were on target, in that match.
PSG have also scored 11 goals in their last six matches, giving them an average of 1.83 goals per game.
MR THOMAS – PREDICTIONS
The first leg finished with a 1-0 triumph for Paris in injury time at home, and this result will give the team a huge sense of confidence, knowing that Madrid will be missing two of their important players.
With the ideal midfield trio of Kroos, Modric, and Casemiro, they dominated Europe for nearly a decade.
Luka Modric will be the only player available for the second match and the 36-year-old’s capabilities are limited.
Meanwhile, the Parisians may not be in high gear yet, but they have performed admirably well in the Champions League this season.
Their front-three is considered to be a heavyweight for the Royal Whites to overcome, notably as they lack dominance in the middle.
* BTTS or Over 1.5.
* As things are at the moment, PSG will advance to the quarterfinals after a hard-fought victory over Real Madrid.
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