Real Madrid vs PSG predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Blancos look to overturn a 1-0 1st Leg disadvantage.
|Date||Wednesday 9th March 2022|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Competition||UEFA Champions League Last 16, 2nd Leg|
Real Madrid vs PSG Preview
All eyes will be on the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening for what has the potential to be a cracking UEFA Champions League Last 16 2nd Leg clash between Real Madrid and PSG. This tie would be worthy of a setting more advanced in the competition but one of these two European powerhouses will exit at this stage.
Aside from Bayern, these are the two teams that appear most capable of competing with the top three Premier League sides for this season’s trophy. However in the 1st Leg, it’s fair to say that PSG looked much superior, although Real Madrid did dig deep and held the French side at bay for over 90 minutes until a moment of inspiration from Kylian Mbappe sealed a 1-0 advantage for the Ligue 1 leaders in Extra Time.
At the time, there appeared to be a gulf in quality between the two sides but as the days and weeks have passed since the 1st Leg, hopes of a Real Madrid comeback have grown. They’ve won all three league games since then to open up a commanding 8 point advantage at the top of LaLiga. They were also seriously impressive at the weekend, beating Real Sociedad 4-1 in an utterly dominant display where their opponents failed to register a single attempt on goal from open play.
The Bernabeu is no stranger to European comebacks either but Los Blancos will be fielding a weaker XI here than the one that took to the field against Real Sociedad. That’s because both Casemiro and Ferland Mendy are suspended. Given Marcelo’s serious decline as a footballer and Real Madrid’s lack of a genuine defensive midfielder capable of filling Casemiro’s shoes you worry that PSG may exploit those flaws here.
It’s quite possible that Carlo Ancelotti will do something different tactically to compensate for those losses and it’s very possible that they will look for an alternative solution at left-back. That will keep PSG guessing to some extent but they will be confident here given their dominant showing in Paris three weeks ago.
Since then, PSG have actually lost both of their away fixtures, going down 3-1 at Nantes and 1-0 at Nice. There are clearly flaws in the French side that Real Madrid can look to exploit too and they rarely convince as a fully cohesive unit. However Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping a strike-force blessed with so much individual quality will be decisive on the night with any one of Neymar, Leo Messi and Kylian Mbappe capable of producing a match and tie winning performance here, although the latter is considered an injury doubt.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Real Madrid Wins, 2 PSG Wins, 1 Draw.
- PSG won the 1st Leg 1-0 three weeks ago in Paris.
- They haven’t won on any of their three previous visits to the Santiago Bernabeu.
- Their most recent visit produced a 2-2 draw in November 2019.
Casemiro and Ferland Mendy are suspended for the hosts. Toni Kroos is a major injury doubt and if he plays any part, he’s unlikely to be 100% fit.
Ander Herrera is injured for the visitors while Sergio Ramos is not yet ready to face his former club. Leandro Paredes and Kylian Mbappé are doubts.
Real Madrid vs PSG Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 1-2 PSG (AGG: 1-3)
It feels like just about anything is possible here which makes this such an intriguing match-up, even before the many sub-plots surrounding seemingly Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe, not to mention the appearances of former Barcelona forwards Messi and Neymar in Madrid. At full strength, you’d have given Real Madrid every chance of staging one of those famous European comebacks but Casemiro, Mendy and most likely Kroos are all very significant absentees.
They’ll need big performances from the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Fede Valverde if they are to get a greater foothold in the 2nd Leg than they did the 1st, but they may still find themselves out-gunned by the visitors’ star-studded attack, assuming Mbappe is fit enough to start.
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