Tuesday, March 6 – 8:45p.m local time – Parc des Princes, Paris, France.
When in their element, the Real Madrid juggernaut looks like an orchestra playing the perfect symphony.
Agonizingly, the Los Blancos have been everything but their usual selves this season, having treated the campaign too frivolously – perhaps still reeling from the excitement of winning a record five trophies in the 2017 calendar year.
The one front that the Spanish champions have given a good account of themselves is in the Champions League. Despite their crestfallen La Liga title defense and sluggish group stage approach, Zinedine Zidane’s charges have managed to manoeuvre themselves through to the knock out stage and quite foreseeable, the quarter-finals.
Adrien Rabiot shocked the Santiago Bernabeu when he struck the opener for Paris Saint-Germain during the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 held in mid February.
Zidane’s call for a strong response paid off instantaneously, as a Cristiano Ronaldo brace and a Marcelo finish deep in the second half inspired Madrid to a remarkable comeback. The Spanish giants won by a handsome 3-1 margin, one which has them on the inside track ahead of their trip to Paris on Tuesday.
If ever there was a time that experience counted for anything, then it was without question during the first leg of the mouth watering clash. It certainly helps when a club breaks the bank to secure top drawer signings, but the numbers mean nothing when you have your back against the wall.
Such was the case when PSG attempted to alter the course of Real Madrid’s quest for a third consecutive Champions League title. Real have over the years perfected the knock out stages of Europe’s elite cup competition down to an art, often accentuating the score line to their advantage even when against the balance of the match.
They have however had rotten luck domestically, having been prematurely knocked out of the Copa del Rey, and are third on the La Liga log with an overwhelming 15 points to make over leaders Barcelona.
The same can’t be said about their opponents who have a 14-point cushion over Monaco, and are on course to their seventh Ligue One title.
The Parisians were certainly battered and bruised having slumped to defeat in Madrid, but they will be clutching on straws in Neymar’s absence. The world record signing suffered a broken metatarsal against Marseille a week ago and has consequently been ruled out for the next three months.
His absence could however see Kylian Mbappe rewarded with a place in the starting berth by Unai Emery, having received an injury boost.
Zidane on the other hand will be sweating over the midfield duo of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos- who missed the Getafe win over the weekend- while Marcelo’s second half cameo against the La Liga opponents could see him start on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo odds and specials
|Best Bet||Odds||Bet Now|
|Ronaldo to score anytime||$1.80 at WilliamHill||Place Bet|
|Ronaldo to score anytime/Madrid to win||$4 at WilliamHill||Place Bet|
Real Madrid may have run into headwinds when PSG had their noses in front at the Bernabeu, but one can always count on Cristiano Ronaldo to come up with the goods.
His two goals to the good on the night saw him earn his rightful ranking as the first player to have scored 100 Champions League goals for the same club, and the only player to have scored 10-plus goals in seven consecutive Champions League campaigns.
His blistering pace may have painstakingly gone flat, as has his ability to pry open defenses, but there’s simply no stopping Cristiano Ronaldo on European nights.
Real Madrid vs. PSG match prediction
Real Madrid are re-establishing a dynasty in Europe and would want to stake their claim at the Parc des Princes, but it would be a misrepresented fact to suggest that the Spanish side will advance into the last eight without breaking a sweat.
Real warmed up for the midweek trip by hammering Getafe 3-1, while the French champions registered a routine 2-0 over Troyes in Ligue 1.
PSG haven’t sustained any defeat at home in all competitions since March 2016, but then again they haven’t faced Real Madrid at home.
Real Madrid vs. PSG recent results
|February 14, 2018||Real Madrid||3||PSG||1|
|Goal-scorers: Cristiano Ronaldo 45′ (Pen), 83′, Marcelo 86′, Adrien Rabiot 33′|
|October 21, 2015||Real Madrid||0||PSG||0|
|November 3, 2015||PSG||0||Real Madrid||1|
|Goal-scorers: Nacho Fernandez 35′|
|March 18, 1993||Real Madrid||3||PSG||1|
|Goal-scorers: Butragueno 31′, Ivan Zamorano 90′, Michel 90′, David Ginola 49′|
|March 2, 1993||Real Madrid||1||PSG||4|
|Goal-scorers: George Weah 33′, David Ginola 81′, Valdo 87′, Antoine Kombouare 90′, Ivan Zamorano 90′|
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