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Champions League 2018: Real Madrid vs PSG [Betting Insights]

Champions League 2018: Real Madrid vs PSG [Betting Insights]

PSG now gets ready to host rivals Real Madrid in the second game of the knockout stage of the Champions League 2018.

The first game saw Real Madrid scramble to gain an advantage after a tied score through the first half; read on to get the betting insights on what should be one of the most exciting matches of this competition.

Real Madrid vs PSG – UEFA Champions 2018

  • When: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 2:45 PM ET
  • Where: Parc des Princes, Paris, France.
  • Line: Paris St Germain -110 vs Real Madrid +270; Draw +333

Real Madrid Betting Analysis

Real Madrid winning the first game really doesn’t reflect how suffered of a match it was for Los Merengues.

Real Madrid was, in fact, dominated by their Parisian opponents through most of the match from a tactical point of view.

If not for head coach Zinedine Zidane’s masterful substitutions after the 79th minute that brought in Asencio and Lucas Vazquez, this game might have ended much differently.

Asencio and Vazquez allowed Madrid to exploit PSG’s wings with 4 forwards assisted by Marcelo that opened up both scoring opportunities late in the game.

Regardless of Madrid’s advantage on the aggregate score, they head into the second match as the +270 underdog ($100 to win $270) and will have to fight to keep PSG from scoring to tie the aggregate. Paris St. Germain would win if the final score ends 2-0.

Los Blancos are counting on their considerable experience in the Champions to get them through to the next stage. Despite Madrid’s less than stellar performance in both LaLiga and the Copa del Rey, this competition seems to bring out the best of Real Madrid.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has also found his stride in a vital point of the season. Over six appearances, Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in LaLiga reaching the 300-goal mark in that league.

With the World Cup fast approaching, players will undoubtedly be getting into top-shape which should translate into many scoring opportunities for Los Merengues.

PSG Betting Analysis

As mentioned above, PSG pretty much dominated throughout the first match; but, as the score reflects they lost control of the match late in the game which led to obvious Madrid scoring opportunities.

PSG opened the scoreboard with a goal from Adrien Rabiot in the 33rd minute of the match. Coach Unai Emery had Madrid scrambling to contain PSG’s attacks orchestrated by the combination of Mbappe and Neymar Jr.

However, late in the game, PSG ran out of steam; a fact which was made evident after Madrid’s substitutions when PSG’s defense crumbled and was unable to keep Asencio in check.

PSG’s fans are hopeful though that their home pitch will provide an advantage to settle the score.

Paris St. Germain is the favorite to win the match at -110 odds. But, after Brazilian superstar, Neymar was injured and whose status for this game is unknown, things might be more complicated for Les Parisiens.

Neymar Jr. is a critical part of PSG’s attack; even if opposing coach Zidane has downplayed his possible absence on the team, undoubtedly it’s something which will limit the Parisian squad’s opportunities.

Parc des Princes is a stronghold for PSG in the Champions, not having conceded a loss there since April 2015 without any opponent leaving with a win for almost two years.

But, PSG is looking to avoid what happened last year against Barcelona, when as everyone knows the Spanish squad recovered from a 4-0 deficit to win with a 6-1 score.

Neymar was the catalyst for the win when Barcelona was against the ropes; however, it’s become clear by now that he’ll be unable to play against Madrid and will look forward to preparing for the World Cup in July.

Prediction: PSG will snatch a win with a 2-1; obviously this won’t be enough for them to pass to the next stage so Madrid will once more head to the last eight. 

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