PSG vs Real Madrid: Preview, Prediction, Team News, & Lineups
Will PSG be able to overturn their defeat away from home?
With two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a goal from Marcelo in the first leg, Real Madrid get the massive advantage over PSG moving into the second leg. Now, the Parisians have only one thought in mind–how to progress into the next stage of the competition– as they host the Vikings in the Champions League Second Leg match in the Parc des Princes stadium.
This year Real Madrid are not in the strongest of form, as we saw their strengths last year. Also, this year might not just be their year where they could give continuity to their Champions League win. Still, the luck of the Champions League is on their side, and they might just need more than some luck to ensure a victory at Paris.
PSG are strong and brimming with confidence as they invite the Spanish giants. The manager, Unai Emery, is facing injury concern over Neymar but he won’t let this injury get in his way to get that vital home victory to defeat Madrid. But the win itself is not enough for PSG to progress to the next stage of the competition. The Parisians have not lost a home Champions League Game since 2015, and it will surely be an uphill battle for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
PSG are a strong side to deal with at home. They can be even more dangerous on their premises. They have a strong team and the visitors will have to turn up their game if they want a win away from home.
There is nothing more to say as the sides both will be speaking for them with their gameplay. The Los Blancos have the league title hopes distant and now will be focusing on winning the Champions League for three consecutive years.
PSG is currently unbeaten in their last six league games and in their recent league games against Troyes, the get a fantastic two goals victory.
The Spanish side have won 4 out of 5 recent league games. They fared pretty well against Getafe and went on to win the match with the scoreline of 3-1.
The recent game between the two sides was the first leg of the Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo canceled that first goal of Rabiot and went on to score another goal to give the Los Blancos a lead.
Another goal from Marcelo helped secure that win and give the team a significant advantage.
The last three times the team met, each side had won a game, and one game was a stalemate draw. Both of the sides both have an attacking style of play, and in this clash, we can see goals from both the teams.
Key player for Unai Emery’s side, Neymar, will be missing the match against Real Madrid. He is suffering from a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle, and this is a big blow for PSG.
While Neymar is a huge loss for the team, they have the replacement in Angel Di Maria who will be motivated to face Madrid.
A tactical change would be in effect with the injury the team is facing. Also, Center Back Marquinhos is doubtful to play against Real.
Zinedine Zidane is expected to have his side in full strength ahead of the clash against PSG. Marcelo is expected to come back for the second leg match.
The Los Blancos still face lack of depth in the squad with Kroos and Modric in doubts to play. The weaker lineup might mean their side would slip in the second leg and the hope of the Champions League would be shattered.
Players to Watch
Angel Di Maria
One of the star players for PSG is Angel di Maria. The recent arrival of Neymar has led to the Argentine being all forgotten and now, with the absence of Neymar, he can be expected to start out in the front. This talented player is very crucial for the game against Real.
We can see how dangerous the Argentine can become watching the games he has played for the Spanish side. His speed, strength, and athleticism collectively make him a dangerous player and create problems in the defense. With a teammate like Edison Cavani, he could create fantastic goal scoring opportunities and even could bag a few goals against the visiting side.
The Portuguese forward is one of the world’s best players. He is in the fantastic form right now scoring a lot of goals in Madrid’s recent games. He is the player to deliver when the team needs him the most. And this is the moment to show for him.
The Portuguese has scored 11 goals in the Champions League, and that is a tremendous feat, despite all that criticism he has been facing. He is a dangerous player, and with the talent he possesses and the desire to win the game, Unai Emery needs to improvise tactics to stop the danger man.
PSG vs Real Madrid Lineup (Predicted XI)
PSG Lineup (4-3-3)
DEF: Alves (RB), Silva (CB), Kimpembe (CB), Berchiche (LB)
MID: Rabiot (LM), Lo Celso (CM), Verratti (RM)
Real Madrid Lineup (4-3-3)
DEF: Carvajal (RB), Varane (CB), Ramos (CB), Marcelo (LB)
MID: Asensio (LM), Isco (RM), Casemiro (CM)
PSG vs Real Madrid Prediction
The Parisians have an amazing home record. They have not lost a Champions League home game since April 2015, and we can be certain that for Madrid coming and winning in Paris will be a difficult task. We know what happened to Barcelona when they faced the French side at the Parc des Princes. The French side is favorites, and we expect it will be a win for PSG.
PSG gained that crucial away goal while on a visit to Santiago Bernabeu stadium. If they need progress into the next stage of the competition, they have to score a minimum of 2 goals without letting Madrid score.
If PSG score two goals without conceding, the aggregate would be 3-3. And, they will progress by the rule of away goals. But it is almost sure that Real Madrid will score at the home of PSG. Zidane’s men would be desperate for scoring that away goal and further increasing their aggregate score.
Our Prediction: PSG 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid would progress further into the Champions league with an aggregate scoreline of 4-3.