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Champions League preview and odds: Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Published on: 02/11/2015

Champions League preview and odds: Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain

November 3, 2015 19:45pm – Bernabeu

Champions League

After playing out a goalless draw in their last game, the Group A leaders will continue their battle for supremacy at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night when Real Madrid host Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Rafa’s the Real deal

After a perfect start to their Champions League quest, the Spanish giants had to settle for a point away to PSG in the last game. Rafa Benitez’s team have yet to concede a goal in the competition and look set to progress to the knockout stages regardless of the result of this match.

The Spanish boss continues to go about his business in a pragmatic and single-minded way, much to the delight of his President but not always to the satisfaction of the press and certain sections of the fan base. However, as the positive results keep coming the voices of discontent seem to be fading into the background.

The ten-time European Cup winners have reached the semi-finals in the last five campaigns, so expectations are always high in the Spanish capital. The coach is aiming to become the first manager to win European trophies with four different clubs having already bagged UEFA silverware with Valencia, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Los Blancos are unbeaten in their last eight matches against French opposition having won five and drawn three.

Paris enjoying unbeaten run

Paris Saint-Germain are top of the group, level on points with Tuesday night’s opponents. They will be looking to move one step closer to qualification by pulling off a shock result in Spain. Just like their rivals, Laurent Blanc`s men kicked off their Champions League quest in perfect style with wins to nil against Malmo FF and Shakhtar Donetsk. They are currently unbeaten in 23 competitive matches, a record that stretches back to April when they were defeated by Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.

After establishing themselves as regular quarter-finalists, the French champions are now hoping to progress to the semi-final stage for the first time since 1995. Team news

Real Madrid injury problems appear to be lessening with Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos and Pepe all avaiable for Tuesday’s game. Luka Madric and Karim Benzema could also feature pending assessment. Gareth Bale has returned to training but is unlikely to feature.

PSG will be missing the duo of Javier Pastore (illness) and Marquinhos (hamstring problem) meanwhile, star defender David Luiz has been included in the squad after a spell out with a knee problem.

Recent form (All competitions)

Real Madrid: WWDWD


Betting odds and tips

Just like the first encounter, a tight game can be expected but the result should not have too much effect on either team’s qualification fate.

With home advantage on their side and key players returning from injury, Real Madrid can be expected to get the job done on Tuesday.

Back the home win at 8/11 with Bet365 and Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime at 9/10 with 888sport.

Published on: 02/11/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (02/11/2015 10:56:05) but are subject to change.