Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain / Champions League – The round of sixteen of the Champions League brings us several attractive duels, but this is certainly the first among them. Both teams have the goal to eventually win the trophy, but some will end their European story much earlier than they wanted. If we look at what Real and PSG have shown so far, then Real does not have the best chance, because they play very weak on all fronts this season. PSG looked much better in the Champions League, as well as in their domestic competitions, so they have reasons for optimism. Three years ago they met last time and then Real celebrated with 1-0 at their stadium. Begins: 14.02.2018. – 20:45 CET
Given that Real has won the European championship title for the previous two seasons, the pressure should not be big and they would not be resented if they did not succeed in winning the title for the third time in a row because they know how difficult it is. However, Real has already lost the battle for Spanish title and they will probably hand over that title at the end of the season, while they were also eliminated from the Cup and now they only practically have the Champions League to save the season, so pressure may be bigger than in the previous years.
Something has to be done and it is obvious that they dare not playing very good and they got a very strong PSG for the opponent. They have played well against Valencia and Real Sociedad recently, but also very poorly against Levante, while it is very important that Carvajal is out of action due to the suspension.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Navas – Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – Casemiro, T.Kroos, Modric – Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale
PSG has practically resolved all dilemmas over winning the French title and after one season break, they will again be the champions, given they now have 12 points more than their companions. They are still present in the Cup as well as in the League Cup and they will probably win all three trophies, but without a trophy which is intended for the champion of Europe, this team will not be happy. They have a really powerful team and, besides being untouchable in domestic competitions, they have played the group stage of the Champions League very well, although Bayern proved to be vulnerable.
It was the only game they had lost, and in the remaining five, including the domestic championship with the Bavarians, they were very efficient and relentless. In the championship, they have only suffered two defeats, which did not harm them, and they have resolved the previous three games in their favour without receiving any goals. If we do not count the Cup, they currently have six wins and coach Emeri has rested some players in the 1-0 victory against Toulouse on Saturday. Now only Cavani is questionable for this match.
Probable lineups Paris Saint-Germain: Areola – D.Alves, Marquinhos, T.Silva, Kurzawa – Verratti, Lo Celso, Rabiot – Mbappe, Cavani(di Maria), Neymar
Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain PICK
It has been a long time since Real has been so altered by the bookmakers on their field, but it is obvious that PSG shows more and they are favourites for the pass. However, Real cannot be eliminated, especially when they are playing at Bernabeu and we give them an advantage over PSG.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Real Madrid
Odds: 1.83 at bet365 (down to 1.73 can be played)