Real Madrid and Paris St. Germain are set to take each other on in what should prove to be one of the games of the season in the UEFA Champions League. It will be an interesting one for the neutral as two highly valued sides with contrasting league performances will square off in a two-legged tie.
Spanish side Real Madrid have not been at their flying best in the league this season as they find themselves a mammoth 17 points behind leaders and rivals FC Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo has been extremely inconsistent, which has led to the decline of the capital outfit.
On the other hand, PSG are riding on the back of the summer acquisitions of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as they’re comfortably leading the Ligue 1 standings with a 12 point cushion over second-placed AS Monaco. Edinson Cavani has also been firing on all cylinders – making their attacking trio slightly more imposing than that of Real Madrid.
A major absence for Zinedine Zidane’s men will be on the right side of defence. Right-back Dani Carvajal is ruled out of the game through suspension, leaving either Achraf or Nacho to deputise for him.
Barring the Spaniard, there are expected to be no more players missing from the first team. Fringe players such as Luca Zidane, Dani Ceballos and Jesus Vallejo have also been ruled out for the game.
For PSG, there aren’t any fitness concerns, barring a minor hindrance to Cavani – which he is expected to shrug off to take part in Wednesday’s game. Apart from that, Unai Emery has a full strength squad at his disposal to take the game to Real Madrid.
1. There have been three or more goals in 18 of Real Madrid’s last 19 games in the Champions League.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo is the runaway leader for goals in this season’s competition with nine while Neymar and Cavani sit joint second with six strikes to their name.
3. Marco Verratti has completed the second-highest number of passes (541) in the league this season.
Real Madrid: Navas; Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
PSG: Areola; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Kurzawa; Celso, Verratti, Rabiot; Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar.
Real Madrid 1-1 PSG
Madrid will be missing Carvajal on the right, and it is something Neymar could look to take full advantage of. Despite struggling in the final third of late, the hosts are expected to breach the opposition defence, and Ronaldo will be looking to torment the PSG defenders.