Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Navas, Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Paris Saint Germain:
Areola, Alves, Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa, Rabiot, Celso, Verratti, Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar
Real Madrid are the actual European champions. They won the trophy 12 times and they are the most successful European club. Their big experience should not be underestimated, even Paris Saint Germain are favorites in this clash. Los Blancos finished as second-placed in Group H, behind Tottenham, but above Borussia Dortmund and APOEL. They managed to earn 13 points after four victories and one draw. Stadium Santiago Bernabeu wasn't a fortress like the previous seasons. In the first match Real won 3:0 against the weakest side APOEL. In the next round they played an 1:1 draw with Tottenham, while in the last home match won 3:2 against Borussia Dortmund. It is clear Real don't play in desired form this season. The domestic results are also poor, Real currently sit fourth in La Liga, huge 17 points behind the league leaders Barcelona. On Saturday they destroyed Real Sociedad with 5:2, though coach Zinedine Zidane remains under huge pressure, as well as the players. The majority of the fans want Zidane to be replaced, but so far he is comfortable. The French coach will be missing the defender Dani Carvajal due to suspension, meaning Nacho or Achraf Hakimi will probably start at right-back position. Dani Ceballos and Jesus Vallejo are struggling with ankle and thigh injury respectively. Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo should lead the attack. Just to mention, Ronaldo has scored in every single group stage game.
Paris Saint Germain are the best club in France, though they never won the Champions League. In fact, PSG have never reached the semifinals of this competition. Nevertheless, the French champions look strong this season. They were in group with Bayern Munich, Celtic and Anderlecht and won the first place. PSG won the first five matches in the group and showed how strong they are. They won 5:0 against Celtic in Glasgow, won 3:0 against Bayern Munich at home, then won 4:0 and 5:0 against Anderlecht and 7:1 against Celtic in Paris. Nevertheless, PSG suffered a 3:1 defeat at Allianz Arena in Munich and showed they are vulnerable away from home against top European clubs. The fans are still remembering the last match at Spanish soil and the incredible collapse against Barcelona in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals. So, this match is a genuine test for Paris Saint Germain. They must show their power at Bernabeu, against the reigning European champions. The domestic form is also good, PSG sit top of the Ligue 1 table, big twelve points above the second-place Monaco. But coach Unai Emery has big injury worries ahead of this match. Key striker Edinson Cavani will probably miss the game due to a hip injury. Thiago Motta is back in training but remains a doubt, while Lavyin Kurzawa and Hatem Ben Arfa are also rated as doubtful for this match.
Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain Prediction:
I expect an efficient match at Santiago Bernabeu. Both teams are like scoring machines. PSG have scored an incredible 25 times in their six matches in the group stages, which means an average of more than 4 goals per game. Real play at home and they must go for the victory. Cristiano Ronaldo is a Champions League specialist and he is the top scorer in this competition with 114 goals. I believe at least four goals will be scored in this match.
Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain Pick: Over 3.5 goals