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UEFA Champions League Betting Info: Real Madrid vs PSG

PSG get ready to host Real Madrid in the second leg of the knockout stage of the 2018 UEFA Champions League. Read on to get the betting preview and predictions in what should be an exciting match.

Real Madrid vs PSG – Champions 2018 Second Leg Game

When: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 2:45 PM ET
Where: Parc des Princes, Paris, France.
Line: Paris St Germain -110 vs Real Madrid +270; Draw +333

Betting on Real Madrid

Though the score doesn’t reflect it, Real Madrid’s win of the first game of the knockout stage was a suffered one.

Though at Bernabeu, RM was far from the dominant team and, in fact, headed into the second half at an evident disadvantage from a tactical point of view.

Had it not been for Zidane’s masterful substitutions after the 79th minute, bringing in Asencio and Lucas Vazquez, the story might have ended very differently.

The change opened up Madrid’s attack through its wings with a 4-4-2 line that exploited PSG’s defensive weaknesses with 4 forwards and Marcelo, the result of which was, of course, a critical factor in the 3-1 result.

Real Madrid heads into the second game, however, as the +270 underdog and will have to work hard to keep its aggregate goal lead by hoping to gain a valuable away goal.

Los Blancos are counting on their undeniable grit, product of their admirable experience in this competition. Despite Madrid’s struggles at home in both LaLiga and the Copa del Rey, the Champions brings out the best in this team.

Also, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have found his form in what could be a vital part of the season. The Portuguese superstar has 10 league goals over his last six appearances which bode well for a team hungry for scoring.

With the World Cup looming on the horizon, undoubtedly players will be working hard to be in the best shape possible and this could translate into many balls finding the back of the net for Los Merengues.

Betting on PSG

From a tactical perspective, PSG dominated the first game at Bernabeu. Coach Unai Emery managed to exploit Real Madrid’s deficiencies, creating dangerous situations which led to the match’s first goal, scored by Adrien Rabiot in minute 33.

However, the first match also gleamed of PSG’s weaknesses as they were unable to keep the lead and ran out of steam late in the second half. After a critical change in Madrid’s side, Les Parisiens defense crumbled and could not contain its opponent’s attacks. Both Ronaldo’s second goal and Marcelo’s goal were after minute 80 of the game.

Nevertheless, PSG’s fans are hopeful despite the aggregate score that the second leg game at Parc des Princes will be the scene where things are settled.

PSG heads into the game as the favorite to win at a -110 moneyline. But, after Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr.’s injury on Sunday things will undoubtedly be more complicated for PSG.

Neymar Jr and Kilyan Mbappe were critical players in PSG’s attack stratagem in the first game, and through the group stage, so if Neymar is unable to play in the next match Emery will have to make some major adjustments.

Opposing coach Zinedine Zidane downplayed Neymar’s injury stating, "I do not think it influences next week's game. There will always be a player who plays if it's not him.”

Nevertheless, it’s fairly clear that Neymar’s status as a player is not overrated both among PSG directives and most players even if controversial.

Parc des Princes has been a stronghold for PSG in the Champions, not having lost there since April 2015 and no opponent having left with a victory for almost two years.

 PSG will bet on its chances to avoid last year’s result at this stage of the competition, when as everyone recall’s Barcelona recovered from a 4-0 deficit to win with a 6-1 score.

Neymar, back then, was the catalyst for Barcelona so fans will be hoping for his speedy recovery.

Prediction: I have few doubts that PSG will win the match (I’m predicting a 2-1 score); but, will they do enough to pass on to the last eight? I don’t think so. More than likely, Madrid will pass through on the aggregate.