PSG vs Real Madrid - Champions League Betting tipPublished February 13, 2018
Score Draw @ 14/5 with BetVictor
Real Madrid and PSG were supposed to meet in the Champions League final, they said. Instead, these two European superpowers will clash on Wednesday, three stages earlier in the last 16. Neither Zinedine Zidane nor Unai Emery appear likely to survive in their jobs beyond the end of the season, but defeat in this tie would almost certainly spell the end for one of them, be it now or in the summer when a proper rebuild can commence.
In Zidane’s case, he would be sacked for under performing this season despite making history by winning back-to-back Champions League crowns and a LaLiga title in 2016 and 2017. Emery, meanwhile, would likely be relieved of his duties so PSG could usher in a bigger name, with Luis Enrique and Antonio Conte both linked heavily with the job. Even if the Spaniard adds the Champions League to his three Europa League triumphs at Sevilla, he could be out of the Parc Des Princes in the summer. They won their group with five wins and a defeat, scoring a record 25 goals across six games; although they have begun to crack a little in recent weeks, it is they who will enter this tie as favourites to progress, spelling disaster for Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu. But the tie will go to the wire, with a draw likely in the first leg.
Although Real Madrid have begun to look more like their old selves of late, they still sit 17 points behind rivals Barcelona in the LaLiga title race and come into this tie having finished second in their group. Some have accused this team of being stale, with a number of players, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos, over 30 years of age. Their issues were laid bare with a hefty defeat to Tottenham at Wembley in the group stages, and PSG will be able to exploit those weaknesses if Real are not careful.
PSG won all but one game in the group stage and lead the way in Ligue 1 quite comfortably. But they have had issues in the squad, with the super signing of Neymar really unbalancing the squad in terms of morale. Issues appear to have subsided, though.
Hatem Ben Arfa is struggling with a groin strain for PSG, while Dani Ceballos has an ankle problem for Real Madrid.