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06/03/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Parc des Princes V Predicted Score:1 - 2

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Matteo Kovacic. The Croatian midfielder has failed to make much of an impression in the two years since he moved from Inter . However, with Kroos and Modric struggling for fitness, he may be able to match his most Champions League starts in a season on Wednesday. Capable of blasting shots from distance, Kovacic is 8/1 to score anytime.

2 We fancy:

Real Madrid to win and both teams to score at 15/4. Emery’s side will go all guns blazing to reduce their deficit, but Ronaldo and co. should be able to see them off.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Ronaldo to score a hat-trick at 28/1. The all time Champions League top scorer has saved his best form for the competition this season, and will be hoping to add to his tally.

Team News

Paris Saint-Germain's Last Six:

Won: 5 Drawn: 0 Lost: 1

PSG are without their talisman, Neymar, with his fellow big-money striker Kylian Mbappe also spending a spell on the sidelines following an ankle injury. A groin strain to Hatem Ben-Arfa will rule him out, leaving Unai Emery with a shortage of attacking options. Centre-back Marquinhos has also missed the last two games, having suffered a muscle injury towards the end of February.

Real Madrid CF's Last Six:

Won: 5 Drawn: 0 Lost: 1

Two thirds of Zidane’s preferred midfield trio, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are both injury doubts for Wednesday’s match, having missed the weekend fixture with minor injuries. Other than that the tactician will have a full complement of players at his disposal.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid CF Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

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The Champions League’s leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will be keen to add to his tally against PSG

With their strike force depleted, PSG have a tough task ahead of them, needing two goals to overturn a poor first leg of their last 16 tie. Madrid have picked up their form recently, buoyed by their win, and Zidane will be encouraging ruthlessness in finishing their opponents off.

PSG are evens to win, and, at home, it would hard to bet against them. Despite resting Cavani, Emery’s men were able to cruise to a 2-0 away win at the weekend, thanks to being able to draft in the likes of Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler.

Real Madrid are 12/5 to win, and will have smelt blood in the water following their win in the reverse fixture. Los Blancos have no need to attack their opponents, with a draw sufficing, however, it is not in their DNA to sit back and defend, and an open game should be expected.

A draw is 13/4 and if Zidane is able to convince his side to stifle their opposition, PSG’s weakened front line will struggle to break them down. 0-0 and the opportunity to rest the likes of Ronaldo would suit Zidane just fine.

Edinson Cavani is 5/6 to score anytime against Madrid, and is so fundamental to Emery’s plans on Wednesday that he was left out of the mtachday squad in order to keep him fresh.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also 5/6 to score on Wednesday, and is leading the Champions League top scorer charts by some way this season.

Predicted Score: Paris Saint-Germain 1 - 2 Real Madrid CF

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Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.