Real Madrid and PSG meet at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals). The history of recent direct confrontations between these two teams indicates total balance, since there was 1 draw and 1 win for each team in the last 3 matches. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 07-28-2016, ended with PSG’s victory by (1-3). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Real Madrid presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 2nd position of Group H, with 13 points won. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 31 goals scored and 14 conceded; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 38 goals scored and 18 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home win against Real Sociedad by (5-2). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Real Madrid has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have always scored least one goal in the last 6 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since in 32 of the last 35 matches there were Over 1,5 goals and in 25 of the last 35 there were Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 2.
Real Madrid is making its first UEFA Champions League match in this exhibition in 2018, trying to take advantage of the good results it has been accumulating in the Spanish Championship, where it currently occupies the third position. However, this season has not been the best for the club from Madrid, as it is far from the leader and rival, Barcelona, and has just been eliminated from the Copa Del Rey by Leganes, a much weaker team, before its hobby. His classification in the continental tournament also took place in a somewhat atypical way, as he was classified as Group H, having been overtaken by Tottenham. The technician Zidane has been frequently altering the tactical scheme of the team and should have all its main players, especially for Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored three goals in the last game for La Liga.
The visiting team got access to this phase of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after the 1st place conquered in Group B, with a total of 15 points. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 11 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in away matches; against 15 victories in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Toulouse by (0-1). In the last 10 away matches PSG has won 9 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in all of the last 6 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency to have goals, since in 30 of their last 34 matches there were Over 1,5 goals and in 26 of the last 34 there were Over 2,5 goals. This is a team that does not usually feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 14 of the last 15 games, of these 14 came to the break in lead in 12 and always managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 20 away matches for all competitions: they have suffered 7 of their 19 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Paris Saint Germain enter the pitch for their fifth consecutive away game, in a first leg match for the UEFA Champions League, trying to maintain the excellent performance that has been presented to surprise Real Madrid and facilitate the situation for the second leg Considering all the competitions that it is competing, it comes from six consecutive victories, being the last of them for the French Championship, in which it currently occupies the leadership, with twelve points of advantage over the classified one, the Monaco. The French club qualified in the first position of Group B, beating Bayern Munich by the criterion of goal difference, showing a great offensive power, as well as being able to do in the national championship. It is very likely that coach Emery will organize the team in 4-3-3, with a highlight for the Brazilian Neymar, who was the best on the field in the last game in the French league.
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