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PSG vs Real Madrid: Go for goals again in battle of the giants

PSG vs Real Madrid Match Preview and Predictions

PSG's hopes of overcoming a 3-1 deficit from the thrilling Champions League first leg against Real Madrid suffered a massive setback when Neymar broke a toe.

The Brazilian requires surgery on his fifth metatarsal which could rule him out of action for three months.

The French leaders go into the match against the defending champions as 21/20 favourites having won all 14 of their home games in Ligue 1, while Real Madrid's five-match winning run game to an end on Thursday with a 1-0 defeat at Espanyol for which Cristiano Ronaldo was rested with this game in mind.

He featured in Saturday's 3-1 win against Getafe though, scoring twice after Gareth Bale opened the scoring.

Match-up history

PSG may we running away with the French league, but Rabiot put it perfectly after the defeat at the Bernabeu when he said: "It's all well and good putting eight past Dijon but it's in matches like this this that you have to stand up and be counted."

Rabiot was hardly blameless at the Bernabeu, failing to track Marcelo's run for the crucial third, although Giovani Lo Celso was the main culprit by needlessly giving away a penalty just before half-time.

Defensively PSG continue to make mistakes as they did against Strasbourg, but they remain exciting going forward and the first of our PSG vs Real Madrid betting tips is for over 4.5 goals at 2/1.

Last season, PSG beat Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg but lost 6-1 in the return and we expect them to go hell for leather trying to claw back those two goals.

Real Madrid, 11/2 to retain the trophy, have scored away from home in their last nine Champions League matches, so an away goal will ensure Unai Emery's men will have to take risks pushing forward.

Team news

PSG are without world-record signing Neymar with a broken foot and Kylian Mbappe is also doubtful with an ankle injury which forced him off at half-time in the midweek French Cup win against Marseille.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has been boosted by the return to training of Marcelo, but Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are both sidelined.

Match facts

Real Madrid hit back from a goal down to seal a 3-1 victory in the first leg and the prospect of the Spanish champions winning from behind again looks good value at 8/1.

Last season, Real Madrid fought back from a goal down to win in both legs of their knockout matches against Napoli and Bayern Munich. PSG are likely to be on the front foot against Los Blancos, but gaps will inevitably appear when the need to score again becomes more desperate.

The last of our PSG vs Real Madrid predictions is for a penalty to be awarded at 41/20 as we correctly forecast in the first leg.

Ronaldo converted from the spot in the first match which produced 29 shots in total, 12 of which were on target, and with another exciting game in prospect we expect to see players bursting into the area and plenty of goalmouth action with possible consequences for errant defenders.

PSG vs Real Madrid Betting Tips

Over 4.5 goals @ 2/1

Real Madrid to win from behind @ 8/1

Penalty awarded @ 41/20

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football