It’s Ronaldo versus Neymar as Real Madrid and PSG Lock Horns
The Champions League is back and it’s the business end, with the beginning of the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition.
The group stage can throw up the odd classic, with shock results not unknown, but it always seems a bit like a phoney war as the bigger clubs tend to negotiate their way through.
Top spot in your group is often a prized possession, but Paris Saint-Germain probably weren’t thinking that when they were pulled out against defending champions Real Madrid in the last 16.
At the start of the 2017/18 season, Zinedine Zidane’s Real were being hailed as the greatest side ever to walk the Earth, but things unravelled pretty quickly following what can only be described as an underwhelming summer transfer window for Los Blancos.
They stuttered in La Liga and were beaten to top spot in their Champions League group by Tottenham Hotspur. Real still find themselves a whopping 17 points behind Barcelona on the domestic front, meaning they are not going to defend their title, but there has been an uptick in form at the Santiago Bernabeu in recent weeks.
They’ve won four of their last five in the league and of real importance is the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has started to find the net again with great regularity. He has seven goals to his name in the past four games, and they will look to their talisman to take the battle to PSG at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
It’s rare that Real Madrid can be backed at odds against on home soil, but that’s the case on Wednesday – with 188BET pricing them up at 2.36 for the win. The reason for that is PSG have one of the most potent forward lines in world football. Neymar and Kylian Mbappe arrived at the Parc Des Princes in the summer to join Edinson Cavani in an attacking triumvirate to rival any side in the game.
The ultimate aim for PSG’s owners is Champions League glory. Despite the massive sums that have been spent since the takeover in 2011, the best result they have achieved is a semi-final appearance way back in the 1994/95 season.
Neymar has been brought in to be the difference maker and he, Mbappe and Cavani will pose a massive threat to Real. For those who feel the Parisians will get the job done on the night, 188BET are offering a price of 2.80 – while the draw is 3.80.
But the feeling is that the tie, PSG are favourites at 1.64 with 188BET to qualify over the two legs (Real can be backed at 2.35), will be decided at the other end of the pitch. For all the attacking talent at their disposal and domestic dominance PSG have had, their defence will not have faced the type of threat posed by Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco and co.
Ronaldo has 99 Champions League goals for Madrid and he’d love nothing more than to take the spotlight from Neymar and net his 100th in front of the Bernabeu faithful; he can be backed at 2.00 with 188BET to find the target at any time on Wednesday.
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