We just can’t wait to see the real blockbuster of the UEFA Champions League set for this Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, when the defending champions Real Madrid welcomes the second most expensive team in the world PSG at Santiago Bernabeu. The bookies set the hosts as slight favorites in this one at +143, while they favor PSG to reach the next round after the second leg. Anyhow, a true spectacle is waiting for us this Wednesday, so don’t miss this opportunity to see two great teams facing each other.
Real Madrid vs. PSG
Three-Way: 1: Real Madrid +143; X: +271 Draw; 2: PSG +179 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: Real Madrid -122; PSG +108
Total +3.5 Goals: Over +113; Under -136
Los Blancos will definitely give over the Spanish La Liga trophy, as they are currently 17 points behind the leader Barcelona, so the UEFA Champions League remains their only hope to conquer something this season. Real Madrid is a two-time defending champion (first team in the history of the Champions League to achieve this), and the third in a row could be something special indeed, particularly considering their poor form throughout the season. In the last five matches in all competitions, Real Madrid recorded three wins, one draw, and a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Leganes at home. They also couldn’t keep the clean sheet in these five tilts, but on the other side, they scored 19 goals in the process.
Real Madrid played 39 games so far in 2017/2018, recording 24 wins, nine draws, and six losses with an 88:39 goal difference, which is 3.26 goals per contest on average. Los Blancos finished in the second spot of the Champions League Group H table with 13 points, a 17:7 goal difference, and a 4-1-1 record, three points behind Tottenham on the top, and ahead of Dortmund and APOEL. Real Madrid couldn’t get a win against Tottenham in two matches, playing a 1-1 draw at home, and losing 3-1 at Wembley.
Cristiano Ronaldo is still the leader of this Real Madrid team, and after a slow start of the season, he’s building up the form, scoring a hat-trick against Real Sociedad in the previous round of the La Liga. Ronaldo is the team’s top goalscorer with 23 goals in 28 appearances, Gareth Bale netted nine times in 20 matches this season, while the midfielder Marco Asensio bagged eight goals in 33 appearances thus far. Surprisingly, the forward Lucas Vazquez is the team’s best assist-maker with eight dishes in 33 apps, while Isco, Marcelo, and Toni Kroos all made six assists each. For the clash against PSG, the manager Zinedine Zidane will miss Daniel Carvajal due to a suspension, but all other key players are ready to go.
The Parisians are marching through the French Ligue 1, topping the table with a 21-2-2 record and a 76:17 goal difference, twelve points ahead of the closest rival Monaco. They’ve won six games in a row in all competitions, scoring 19 goals in the process, and conceding five in a return, while the Parisians have won 14 out of their last 15 matches. The only defeat in the previous two months came against Lyon on the road (2-1), and it is interesting to mention that PSG didn’t play a draw since October 22nd, 2017, when the clash at Marseille was ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
PSG played 38 games so far this season, recording 33 wins, two draws and three losses with a 126:30 goal difference, which is 4.11 goals per game on average. The Parisians finished on the top of the Champions League Group B table with 15 points, a 25:4 goal difference, and a 5-0-1 record, with the same number of points as Bayern Munich, but with the better H2H record. Despite a 3-1 defeat to Bayern in Munich, the Parisians have definitely looked as one of the biggest favorites to win the UEFA Champions League this season.
The strikers Edinson Cavani and Neymar both scored 28 goals each thus far, and these two guys will lead PSG against the defending champions. Kylian Mbappe scored 15 goals in 29 appearances this season, while Angel Di Maria added 13 in 29 matches. Neymar is the team’s best assist-maker with 16 dishes in 27 apps, Di Maria is behind him with 15 assists, while Kylian Mbappe made 14 dishes so far. The manager Unai Emery doesn’t have any injury worries ahead of the most important match of the season, so he can pick up his best eleven.
Real Madrid vs. PSG – Betting Trends and Match Prediction
Real Madrid conceded in the previous five matches
Real Madrid suffered two defeats in the last seven games
Real Madrid recorded just two victories in the last six home matches
PSG won six in a row overall
PSG won 14 out of their last 15 games
PSG hasn’t drawn in the previous 24 encounters
Both teams mostly rely on big guns in the front, so I think we could easily see at least one goal on both sides, despite this is the first leg of the match, and there will be 90 minutes more to be played at Parc des Princes. If you check out some respectable sportsbooks, you’ll notice that the bookies favor goals in this one. However, the hosts are a quite experienced team, and I believe Zinedine Zidane will find the way to cope with PSG’s attack, so I’m going with a draw (probably 1-1) as just cannot separate these two rivals. Likewise, you can check out the odds for the final result, while BetDSI Sportsbook will have you covered on all Champions League matchups, so don’t miss out to check over the opening odds for this game and the remaining matchups.
MY PICK: Draw (+271)