UEFA Champions League - Round of 16
The return of Champions League competitions take place this week, the Round of 16 has already provided an excellent form of entertainment up to this point, now with the second legs set to take the spotlight, along the quality of opponents scheduled to share the pitch at one time, we are certain to find just as much enjoyment as what was provided during the first rounds of play.
With only Liverpool and Manchester City in the proverbial driver's seat to the Quarter Finals, the remaining matches offer up valuable opportunities to grow your Investment, the need to push for goals will certainly lead to wide open games in most instances, which leads to plenty of action and hefty score-lines for the final legs of this European Tournament.
Enjoy day one of the second legs in Europes cherished tournament, with the next two weeks determining what clubs gets closer to the ultimate prize, we as viewers are once again in store for the best teams in the world battling it out for the right to lift that famous Silverware in Kiev, Ukraine.
20404 PSG - 20405 Real Madrid
Parc des Princes, Paris, France
3-6-2018 - 2:45 pm ET
The marquee match of day sees Los Blancos traveling to Paris, where they look to solidify their spot in the Quarter Finals for yet another season.
Awaiting them is a determined Parisian side with their own intentions of making a deep run in Europe's top competition, now with a 3-1 deficit and Brazilian super-star Neymar missing due to injury, the journey to the next round will be a complete team effort.
Real Madrid enter France with the finish line clearly in their sights, knowing all they need is to limit PSG from a 2 goal advantage, while picking up a valuable away goal, or goals could be the final nail in the coffin for their Paris opponents.
The Whites leave Spain in high spirits, having received encouraging news regarding Midfielders Toni Kroos and Luka Modric's injury status, the duo were originally doubtful to appear in the second leg due to injury, but have since recovered sooner than possible, and one if not both could feature for the Madridistas.
Madrid were originally at a disadvantage by failing to win Group H, therefore placing them in the dreaded second seed draw, but after posting 3 goals in front of their loyal fans at the Santiago Bernabéu, the La Liga representatives have flipped the scenario towards them ultimately prevailing out of the Round of 16.
Zinedine Zidane continues to endure a less than spectacular campaign, after winning back to back Champions League titles, the French man has struggled to find the same type of consistency he found during his first two seasons at the helm, now with a powerful lead headed back to his home land, Zidane is expected to guide Madrid to yet another Quarter Finals appearance.
Los Blancos will have multiple decisions to make on their starting eleven ahead of this important fixture, having played mostly out of a 4-3-3 formation, Gareth Bale, Isco, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio are all in line to capture a final spot in the Whites alignment, Zidane will surely have to make the correct decision to avoid any further scrutiny during this challenging season.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are certain to take their starting positions at the Parc des Princes, the veteran partnership have earned the opportunity to lead Madrid's front-line, Ronaldo in particular has solidified himself as one of the more big game players in the world, the Portuguese has also been on a tear as of late, along with posting brace in the first leg of this event, he has racked up 14 Goals in his last 8 matches in all competitions.
Real Madrid have traveled well during Europe's top tournament, scoring an average of 3.33 Goals per match in their first 3 Champions League road games.
The Madridistas have also shown their professionalism on the defensive end away from the Santiago Bernabéu, conceding an average of 1.3 Goals per match in their first 3 Champions League road games.
PSG will start the match with plenty of work to do if they are to fulfill their early season expectations, after a promising start in Spain, the French side then proceeded to give up 3 goals heading back to France, now with the weight of the world on their shoulders, the Parisians are focused on creating their own Champions League history this year.
Les Rouge-et-Bleu took all the necessary requirements to guarantee they fielded the strongest possible line up minus Neymar, resting Kylian Mbappé ,Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani and Dani Alves during Saturday's fixture, now fully rested and extremely motivated, the French giants have no reason why they should not perform at a high level in front of their adoring fan base.
Unai Emery much like Zidane has felt a large amount of skepticism this season due his managerial decisions, after making questionable moves during the first leg in Spain, Emery knows his career with the French outfit could bare a ton of weight depending on this particular result, the Spanish head man is keen to prove his worth with the massive club.
Emery will lead his side onto the pitch with his familiar 4-3-3 formation, with a lethal attack that thrives in counter attacking situations, the emergence of Ángel di María has been huge factor for the Red and Blues as of late, the Argentine International has stepped huge with the departure of Neymar, di María has knocked in 7 Goals over the last 7 league fixtures, while totaling 18 Goals and 6 Assists during the full campaign.
Edinson Cavani will also look to play a integral part in PSG's plan of attack, the Uruguayan has found himself taking a bit of a back seat with the arrival of his fellow South American during the summer transfer window, El Matador has still proved his world class finishing abilities by compiling his usual gaudy numbers, with 32 Goals and 5 Assists, the Paris danger man is sure to get on the score sheet during Tuesday's fixture, Cavani is a nice option for a Anytime Goal Scorer.
After PSG watched a 4-0 lead evaporate historically to Barcelona in last seasons Champions League disaster, the Paris side look poised to write their own bit of history against the largest club in the world, even with their prized signing on the shelf until the World Cup, the Parisians have looked a more functional team with true cohesion throughout their remaining squad, and with Madrid's struggles to find true consistent play this campaign, the home side feel they are well equipped to advance to the Quarter Finals, as they continue their quest for a a first ever European Title.
PSG have been an absolute terror while on their own pitch, the Parisians as scoring an eye popping 5 Goals per match in their first 3 Champions League home games.
The PSG defense is often over looked due to the attacking force the front-line presents, but the hosts have conceded a microscopic 0.33 Goals per match in their first 3 Champions League home games.
It has been well established that both clubs love to push the pace, while creating a plethora of shots on goal over a 90 minute period, we should expect another pulsating event in the second leg of this world class affair.
The offensive numbers have been staggering leading up to this point in the tournament, PSG has seen the Total Exceed 2.5 in their last 14 Champions League home matches.
While Real Madrid have done their part as well, seeing the Total Exceed 2.5 Goals in 19 of their last 20 Champions League fixtures, while scoring a minimum of 2 Goals in 16 of the last 20 games during that same span of play.
With both clubs proving they will put the ball in the back of the net, it will come down to who will ultimately outscore the other, and with PSG's desire to make a run at the goal differential, along with the support of the Paris fans, backing the home side to win the second leg offers the best value in my opinion.
PSG -110 / 1.91 - Full Time Winner
Over 1.5 -110 / 1.91 - Total 1st Half Goals
Over 3.5 -120 / 1.83 - Total Full Game Goals
PSG - Team Total Over 2 -125 / 1.8 - Goals
PSG To Advance To Quarter Finals +260 / 3.6
Best Of Luck To All