Real Madrid v PSG
Real Madrid host PSG in a heavyweight clash in Group A, as Los Blancos look to seal qualification into the next round with victory over the French table toppers.
Real Madrid v PSG – Champions League Group A
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
Kick Off: 20:00
TV Channel: BT Sport ESPN
The make up of Group A sees PSG top with a 100% record, needing only a point to secure qualification into the next round. Real are second with seven points, and they themselves need two points from their last two games to secure qualification. A resounding 6-0 win over Galatasaray last time out have put Madrid in the driving seat for second place, and goals have been flowing for Zinedine Zidane’s side in the last five games, racking up 18 goals in the process..
The first meeting between these sides in September saw PSG run out 3-0 winners in a comprehensive dismantling of Zinedine Zidane’s side, who saw themselves undone by tremendous midfield performances from Idrissa Gueye and Marco Veratti. Goals from Angel Di Maria (2) and Thomas Meunier gave the French Champions the victory, as the Spanish giants were picked apart by a side that missed key men Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani
PSG are fresh from a routine victory over Lille on Friday, courtesy of goals from Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria, which has left them nine points clear at the top of Ligue 1. 11 wins from 14 is an impressive return for Tuchel’s side as they continue towards another league title, however the PSG board will be wanting to see them with more success in the Champions League, and they could make a huge statement of intent in Spain on Tuesday night with victory against the improving Spanish giants.
Real Madrid come into the game on the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Real Sociedad, which has left them second in La Liga, joint top with leaders Barcelona, and their form since the defeat in Paris has been particularly strong. A sole defeat in the league away at Mallorca is the only blot on the record book, and as aforementioned, Zidane’s side have been boosted by the goalscoring form in the past five games, and will subsequently be full of confidence.
It looks to be an excellently set up game, with Thomas Tuchel’s side looking to collect the point they need to seal top spot in the group, and although a defeat still would still leave it in their own hands, they will be keen to make a statement to the rest of the European giants with victory.
Real Madrid will be without Marco Asensio, Nacho and Lucas Vazquez through injury. Gareth Bale made his return from injury against Sociedad, and will be pushing for a start.
PSG will be without defender Thilo Kehrer, whilst Marco Verratti missed the 2-0 win over Lille on the weekend, and will be a doubt.
Head to Head:
Real Madrid Wins – 3
Draws – 1
PSG Wins – 2
Karim Benzema is Real’s top scorer with 10 goal in La Liga this season
PSG have only conceded eight goals in Ligue 1 this season
Discipline has been an issue for PSG this season, with 37 yellow cards in 18 games
Team Form (Most Recent last):
Real Madrid Last 5 – W D W W W
PSG Last 5 – W L W W W
How PSG choose to set up for this game is particularly interesting, and with a point being enough to secure top spot, it would be no surprise to see Tuchel’s side drop deep and look to hit Real on the break, whilst also looking to pack the midfield and sacrifice one of the attackers.
As a result, it could see a very tight affair, and could lead to needing to take some caution on the goal markets. PSG have only conceded eight goals all season, and their xG statistics (7.64 xGa), particularly from open play in Ligue 1, back up their dominant defence. Although the attacking form of Real Madrid has picked up, it may not be the open, attacking affair that it initially offers up.
A draw would be a sensible option at 11/4 given the context of the game, whilst Mbappe’s pace on the break does make him an appealing option on the goalscoring markets at 6/4. With Real’s full backs looking to play high and vacate space in behind, there could be potentially plenty of room for the young French striker on the break, and he is well equipped to make the most of it.