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Champions League Real Madrid v Paris St Germain

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Santiago Bernabeu

Punter's Pick

PSG to get a draw or a win at 8/15 with Bet365 looks an enticing bet, given the form of the French side so far in this season’s Champions League. New signing Mauro Icardi has found his groove and averages a goal every 72 minutes currently for the Parisians – back him (if he starts) to open the scoring at 11/2, or a more conservative 11/8 to score anytime, again with Bet365.

Spanish giants Real Madrid will look to confirm their safe passage through to the last sixteen of the Champions League as they face an impressive Paris Saint Germain side still hunting for their first appearance in the final.

French champions looking formidable?

In a relatively weak group that also features Club Bruges and Galatasaray, these two sides would have always realistically looked to have occupied the two spots, with the issue of who will top the group to be settled. It is the French side that though that upstaged their more decorated opponents, topping the group with four wins from four, and unusually for the Parisians, no goals conceded to date.

It is the new found resilience at the back that has marked PSG out as a team to fear in Europe this season. The team has obviously no problems in scoring goals, with the formidable front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Edison Cavani now also supplemented by Argentine Mauro Icardi. At the back the side has been prone to collapsing, with a 6-1 away defeat at Barcelona and a 3-2 reversal at home to Manchester United in recent seasons sending them out of the competition in the knockout stages. If Thomas Tuchel’s side can keep the balance between defence and attack going into the knockout stages, they will be one of the sides no one will want to draw.

Bale sideshow continues to undermine rebuilding phase?

The constant speculation around Gareth Bale again leads the build up to another big match for Real Madrid, and fans and possible teammates alike may be growing wary of the constant coverage around the Welshman. Manager Zinedine Zidane obviously has no intention of building a side around the injury plagued winger, especially with the big money laid out on Eden Hazard in the summer.

The constant speculation around the Welshman also seems to have distracted from the fact that his ability to influence and dominate matches is fading, and cameo and bit part roles may serve both player and club best. Certainly his stats this season – two goals and two assists across all competitions do not warrant automatic selection, but he remains a dangerous option off the bench – just ask defending European champions Liverpool.

Stats will give home side some comfort

Despite being thumped 3-0 earlier in the season in the French capital by PSG, the home side will take some comfort from the fact they have not lost at home in the Champions League to French opposition in 11 games – eight of which have resulted in wins. PSG have also not travelled well to Spain, losing their last five matches away to Spanish opposition, although they will take comfort they have at least beaten Real Madrid before at the Bernabeu – a 1-0 win the Cup Winners Cup way back in 1994.

Tight clash but PSG can keep up unbeaten run

In years gone by a trip to the Bernabeu would send chills down the spine of opposition teams, but with Madrid in a rebuilding phase and PSG the team on paper with the better players, the French side will fancy their chances of getting something from this game. With a much tighter defence on show this season, the visitors will look to sit deep and hurt the home side on the counter attack, and certainly will be disappointed if they did not come away with at least a point from this fixture to keep up their unbeaten run in this season’s Champions League.

Punter's Pick

PSG to get a draw or a win at 8/15 with Bet365 looks an enticing bet, given the form of the French side so far in this season’s Champions League. New signing Mauro Icardi has found his groove and averages a goal every 72 minutes currently for the Parisians – back him (if he starts) to open the scoring at 11/2, or a more conservative 11/8 to score anytime, again with Bet365.

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