Paris Saint-Germain have left themselves a huge mountain to climb in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with Real Madrid. Now, they will have to do so without football’s most expensive player- Neymar.
The Ligue 1 giants were deemed as favourites before the first leg of the tie. They even scored the opening goal in Madrid but were untimately undone by defensive lapses late in the game. Real claimed a 3-1 win and now they find themselves in the driving seat going into the second leg.
Neymar will be unavailable for PSG after fracturing his metatarsal last Sunday. In his absence, Angel di Maria is expected to start the game. The Argentinean was on target in the 2-0 win over Troyes on Saturday.
Real come into this game following a 3-1 win over Getafe. Los Blancos are 15 points behind leaders Barcelona in the league, and now Champions League represents their only hope of winning silverware this season.
Zinedine Zidane has rested the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in the recent weeks. The Portuguese star scored a brace in the first leg, and the French club must contain him on Tuesday if they hope to have any chances of progressing to the next round.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid – Match Facts
Both sides have played each other thrice in Champions League. Real have won twice, and one game has ended in a draw.
Last team to keep a clean sheet against PSG in a Champions League game at Parc des Princes is Real Madrid. A 0-0 draw in October 2015.
For Real Madrid, 19 of their last 20 games in the competition have ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid – Team News
As already discussed, Neymar won’t play for the hosts. Kylian Mbappe, Alphonse Areola and Marquinhos are also slight doubts for the game.
The visitors don’t have any injury concern ahead of the game.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid – Match Odds
The hosts are favourites to win, and you can back them at their best odds of 10/11 at Betfair. We are also backing a home win as our prediction in this game. An away win is available at 3/1 odds at Bet365, and a draw can get you 10/3 odds at the same bookmaker.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid – To Qualify Odds
In this market, we are backing Real as our prediction. We think that the current champions will do enough in Paris to book a spot for themselves in the last-8. They are available at 1/3 odds at BetVictor.
PSG can be backed at 11/4 odds at Bet365 to turn around the tie and qualify.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid – Correct Score Odds
We are going for a 2-1 home win, which will see Real through to the quarterfinals. Our prediction bet is available at the best odds of 19/2 at BetVictor.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
PSG striker Edison Cavani is the favourite to score at his best odds of 4/5 at Betfred. For the visitors, Cristiano Ronaldo is available at 7/5 odds at Unibet.
We are backing Angel di Maria as our prediction. Di Maria has scored some important goals in Champions League, and he will have a point to prove against his former club. He is available at his best odds of 17/10 at Paddypower.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
We expect to see at least three goals in the game, so we are backing over 2.5 goals as our prediction. This bet is available at the best odds of 1/3 at Skybet.