Heavyweight bout in the city of lights
The Champions League continues on Wednesday evening and it's a BIG ONE. Paris Saint-Germain host Real Madrid's galactico's at the Parc des Princes in what is surely the group final despite it being the first group game.
The Parisians have, per usual, started the season brightly with 4 wins and a solitary defeat away at second placed Rennes which was a strange affair.
Tuchel will be acutely aware of the fact that despite the billions of Qatari euro's going into the project as a whole their trophy cabinet's Champions League shelf is gaping empty and if he does not deliver, he will most probably be facing the axe.
A source of real worry is however that the Les Rouge et Bleu have a injury/suspension list consisting of some of their most pivotal players including Mbappé, Cavani, Draxler and Neymar (suspended) which, nicely put, is definitely not the ideal scenario before such a huge game.
Despite PSG's significant absentees i do believe they can put in a good showing and have the stats to back it up. They have scored in every one of their last 24 CL games, totaling 65 goals in that period and have only lost 1 home game during their last 3 CL seasons. Although they have only lost 1 game they tend to concede quite a few goals which leads to some high-scoring games, out of their last 24 CL games, 21 have finished with over 2.5 goals.
The most successful club in history will be looking to add a 14th European cup/CL title to their cabinet but look far from their best after a stuttering start to their La Liga campaign.
Los Blancos have kicked off their season with 2 wins and 2 draws but have looked very wobbly in the process which could be clearly seen during their previous game at home against Levante which ended 3-2 after a late scare.
Despite last season being very unsatisfactory in every way Madrid still managed to score a lot of goals, 15 goals over their 8 game CL campaign with 6 of them ending in over 2.5 goals to be precise.
PSG are however not the only team with a worrying injury/suspension list with Los Blancos missing key players in Modric, Isco, Asensio, Nacho and captain Ramos leaving this tie very open. The suspension of general Ramos is especially a sore one with the team obviously lacking a real leader without the Spaniard on the field meaning that Los Blancos will probably pair up the unproven duo of Varane and Eder Militao.
PSG - Real Madrid Betting tip
Most signs point to a few goals in this one which is why i will be backing Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 19/25 with Bethard.