Wow, what a tie this is going to be! When the draw was made for the Champions League last 16 there was always the possibly that Real Madrid and PSG could be paired together – the former were unseeded after finishing second behind Tottenham in Group H, while the latter had bested Bayern Munich to top Group B.
But for them to actually be drawn together….well, what a brilliant spectacle this will be for the humble football fan and punter.
1. Real Madrid vs Paris St Germain Odds Preview
This fixture will actually tell us so much about these two teams. Are Real Madrid still the real deal? They looked second best when playing Tottenham home and away, and they already trail Barcelona by nine points in La Liga. Can Cristiano Ronaldo and co come up with a huge performance on the biggest stage?
As for PSG, well, they have long threatened to smash their way into European football’s elite, and with significant investment made by their Qatari owners in the summer this is the most genuinely talented squad of players the club has ever assembled. But do they really believe they can win the Champions League? Their task is reminiscent of that of France at Euro 2016; everyone expected them to lift the trophy, but perhaps the players didn’t quite believe it – hence why Portugal were able to pip them to the post.
It’s a fascinating contest, with the first leg taking place in Madrid on Wednesday February 14. By the end of the second leg, one of the favourites to win the 2017/18 Champions League will be vanquished.
But who will it be? Let’s see our Real Madrid vs PSG predictions.
Last update: January 22, 2018 09:32
How often do we see Real Madrid at an odds-against price when playing at the Bernabeu? We will here, with the Galacticos available at 2.30 to win this first leg.
Paris St Germain are available at the princely price of 3.00 themselves, while the draw can be backed at 3.60.
2. Real Madrid vs PSG Betting Tips
Analysing this match is rather difficult, as we’re comparing two teams from different countries and wholly different footballing perspectives.
On one hand we have Real Madrid, a side that combines with belligerence with brilliance, and whose dominance of the Champions League – they’ve lifted this famous trophy in three of the last four years – suggests that they really come into their own in these knockout style matches.
Since the start of October the Galaticos have won five out of five on home soil in La Liga, and they went unbeaten at the Bernabeu in their group in this competition; albeit with a draw against Spurs.
And lest we forget they have one Cristiano Ronaldo, the Ballon d’Or winner and the Champions League’s top goalscorer this term, in their ranks.
As for PSG, this is a team that has never really gotten close to Champions League glory, despite quarter and semi-final appearances in recent years. But they have never reached the final of this competition, and so they will need to tread new ground to end that streak this season.
These first legs are all-important. If Real Madrid can run up a handsome lead then they will be a heavy favourite to progress, but if PSG can nick an away goal then they certainly have a chance.
But there’s a third option: Real Madrid win but PSG do score an away goal. That to us appears to be the most likely outcome – we’re using the Parisian’s 1-3 defeat to Bayern in Munich as a guide, so back Real to win and both teams to score at 3.75.
The last 16 draw of the Champions League has been made and it has created this monster: Real Madrid vs PSG. Only one of these giants can progress to the quarter-finals, so which beast will be slayed?