Real Madrid – Paris SG | 09/03/2022 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Aiming to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg at the Parc des Princes, Real Madrid play host to Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night. A Kylian Mbappe strike in the dying embers was all that could separate the two sides in Paris as both capital giants prepare for another clash of the titans here.

Under some pressure, Real Madrid must overhaul a 1-0 first-leg defeat against Paris Saint-Germain to reach the UEFA Champions League (UCL) quarter-finals. The Spaniards responded to that setback by winning their next three league fixtures despite only leading one of them at the break – manager Carlo Ancelotti describing the latest of them (W 4-1 vs Real Sociedad) as “near perfect”.

The 13-time European champions will still need to call on all their experience if they’re to progress but playing at home should give Madrid a significant boost. ‘Los Blancos’ haven’t lost here since late September (W10, D3) or failed to score since before Christmas, so they’re reliable performers on home soil, also evidenced by going unbeaten in the last three home H2Hs (W2, D1).

Since the first leg, PSG have lost twice (W1) to sides gunning for European qualification so they’ve not had ideal preparation for their bid to edge ahead in the all-time H2H stakes (W4, D3, L4) and reach the last eight. While they’ll draw on the experience of Lionel Messi ahead of his first trip to the Bernabéu since leaving Barcelona, even he hasn’t won here since March 2019!

As they’ve not won any of their last four UCL away matches (D2, L2), this promises to be a tense evening for the Parisians, but at least they scored in the last three of those fixtures and doing so again will strengthen their position. They’ve also fared well in Spain recently, beating Barcelona 4-1 in 2021 and drawing 2-2 at the Bernabéu in 2019 – repeating either would see them through.

 

Date: 09/03/2022
Time: 23:00
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Pick for this match:
“1” – @ 2.46 ( BETWAY )

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