Real Madrid vs PSG
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 14th February 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid).
Real Madrid look to overturn their bad omen against PSG when the two expendables of European football go head-to-head at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
The teams last met at the Champions League in the 2015/16 season’s group stage. Madrid got the better of the French heavyweights with a goal-less away draw and a narrow 1-0 home win. Madrid eventually went to lift the trophy from there and repeated the feat next year as well.
This is PSG’s sixth appearance at the knockout phase on the bounce and they managed to go through on four occasions. But at the same stage last season, they were at the receiving end of a dramatic come back from Real’s arch rivals FC Barcelona. Despite taking an insatiable 4-0 lead in the first leg, PSG stumbled to a 6-1 defeat in the second leg at the Camp Nou.
Whereas for Madrid, this is their eight successive appearance at the round of 16 and 15th altogether.
Real Madrid vs PSG: Head-to-head
There has been six meetings between the two sides and the teams share 2 wins and 2 draws.
PSG are unbeaten at home during the period with a win and 2 draws from 3 games.
It will be worth to note that PSG and Real met in the double legged knockout phase of a UEFA competition two times and the French club eliminated the Spaniards on goal aggregate on each occasion.
Real Madrid vs PSG: Prediction
A lot of focus will be on Ronaldo versus Neymar battle. But, I believe both teams have plenty of quality elsewhere. So, it will be useless to focus on individual players to predict the outcome of this match.
From the overall performance point of view, PSG are looking more solid this season, while Madrid did fail to show the prowess of a mighty European Championship winning team. Also, the French club are more tactically sound, while Zidane depends on the frontline players to deliver the goods for him.
In a nut-shell, PSG have a better chance of progressing to the quarter finals. But, it remains to be seen if they can hold on to the nerves and exploit the vulnerabilities of the opposition. Yet, I am very positive on PSG’s chances here as they haven’t lost the first leg of a round of 16 tie in five previous attempts, won 4 and drew 1.