UEFA Champions League 2018 Betting: Real Madrid vs PSG

This match has to be one of the most anticipated in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League 2018 Competition. The defending champions Real Madrid get ready to face the French powerhouse Paris St. Germain on February 13.


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Real Madrid vs PSG Betting 

  • When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 2:45 PM ET
  • Where: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
  • Line:Real Madrid +120 vs PSG +225; Draw +240

Betting on Real Madrid

Can Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. save face in what’s been one of the most trying times in this squad’s history?

This season has been nothing short of a disaster for Real Madrid. Even after things seemed to be changing for the better for Los Blancos in La Liga, their most recent draw against Levante says otherwise.

The problems facing Real Madrid are well known, Madrid seems unable to defend against their opponent’s counter and lets wins slip away from their hands regardless of who they’re playing.

This doesn’t bode well in facing PSG; as it stands, Madrid’s lack of depth is evident. Even while they’ve taken on players of the likes of Theo Hernandez and midfielder Dani Ceballos, this squad is crumbling to pieces and more reliant than ever on their senior players who are themselves in a rut.

Amid the never-ending controversies and squabbles, a team that’s chock-full of superstar talent lacks the direction it needs to right the ship.

More often than not, manager Zinedine Zinade doesn’t seem to come to grips with the fact that what he’s doing is not working.

Whereas players such as Marcelo and Carvajal combined for 14 league assists and 25 in all competitions last term, this season they’ve had just five and three respectively.

Midfielders Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro never seem to provide adequate cover for their center backs. And, even Benzema and Ronaldo have both gone cold in finding the back of the net.

Nevertheless, you can never count Real Madrid out of the Champions. If anything, this competition seems to bring out the best of Madrid and, perhaps, with what would be an unheard-of feat in their sights Real might come alive soon.

Betting on Paris St. Germain

PSG hasn’t even come close to the glory of winning a Champions League trophy. However, they’re inching closer and with the recent acquisition of Neymar Jr., they might be on the verge of finding themselves on the road to their first final.

The first leg game is all too important for the Parisian team. Even while it’s hard to fathom seeing them win at Bernabeu, an away goal could mean the difference between passing through to the next stage or not.

As opposed to Real Madrid, everything seems to be working for PSG. Week in and week out, the Parisian team show they’re in top form as their most recent 3-0 win over Lille reflects.

PSG has been deadly-effective in scoring goals and finds themselves dominating Ligue1 football. They currently hold 53 out of the 60 available points with only two draws and one loss and well ahead of Monaco and Lyon in the standings.

PSG’s current dominance is evident with their 25 goals in the group stage which broke the goal scoring record for this competition snatching the spot from Bayern Munich.

What seems to be the driving factor for this team is their front three of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, and Kylian Mbappe. After 33 games, the trio has netted 59 goals and 31 assists which are in stark contrast to Madrid’s 28 goals and 11 assists for their front three.

But, can they find the back of the net at Bernabeu? We’ll see, but the way things are it’s more than likely.

Prediction: Real Madrid wins the first leg, but PSG grabs a crucial away goal ahead of the second leg. The score is 2-1 Real Madrid.

 

 
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