PSG vs Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 15 February 2022
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Parc des Princes.
In the opening leg of their UEFA Champions League Round-of-16 match, PSG and Real Madrid will face off in a titanic battle.
The knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for the 2021-22 season begin this week, and fans will be treated to a must-see match at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night when La Liga leaders Real Madrid face Ligue 1 champions-elect Paris Saint-Germain.
After finishing second in Group A behind English champions Manchester City, PSG advanced to the Round of 16.
During the group stage, the Parisiens were not very impressive, winning half of their games and losing one (D2).
They come into this match on the heels of victories over Lille and Rennes, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for a third consecutive win.
Real Madrid won Group D, advancing to the knockout stages ahead of Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Sheriff Tiraspol.
Los Blancos won five of their six group stage matches (L1), but their form has been shaky heading into this crucial match.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team has only won one of their past four games in all competitions, most recently being held to a 0-0 tie by Villarreal, and will be looking to change that.
The last time PSG and Real Madrid met was in the 2019/20 Champions League group stages, with the latter failing to win either of those matches (D1 L1). The Hard Tackle takes a deeper look at both teams ahead of Tuesday’s heavyweight showdown at Parc des Princes.
PSG vs Real Madrid Head to head :
- The last five encounters had three or more goals.
- The latest match-up had ended in a 2-2 draw.
- Real Madrid had recorded five of the former seven overall wins.
- Since 1993, only once have PSG won at this venue.
PSG vs Real Madrid Prediction :
It will be a match with many small stories – Achraf Hakimi looking to prove himself against his former employers, the ex-Barcelona duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar looking to make a statement, Kylian Mbappe facing his potential future club, Karim Benzema looking to prove that he belongs among the game’s elite, Vinicius Junior continuing his meteoric rise to stardom.
This season, PSG has been a difficult opponent to play at home, winning 14 of their 16 games in all competitions.
They also have momentum on their side, as Real Madrid has struggled in recent encounters.
The return of Benzema and Ferland Mendy, on the other hand, should help the visitors step up their game.
It is expected to be a closely fought battle, with neither side reluctant to give up too much ground.
As a result, The Hard Tackle predicts a scoreless draw, paving the way for a thrilling second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
PSG vs Real Madrid Team News :
Following a major ankle injury, PSG’s Neymar has returned to training, and the Brazilian is anticipated to be in the team for this encounter, although he is unlikely to start.
Sergio Ramos and Ander Herrera are both expected to miss out due to calf and thigh problems, while Idrissa Gueye is expected to play after helping Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations.
Angel Di Maria, Georginio Wijnaldum, Nuno Mendes, and Gianluigi Donnarumma are all likely to start, while Messi and Mbappe will both be present in the last third of the field, as head coach Pochettino makes changes from the squad that started against Rennes on Friday.
Ferland Mendy has been certified healthy following a hamstring ailment for Real Madrid, but Karim Benzema’s fitness is still a question mark.
Due to a hamstring injury of his own, the France international has missed Real Madrid’s previous two matches, but he will go to Paris and is expected to win his struggle to be available from the start.
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will line up with Casemiro in Ancelotti’s first-choice midfield three, with Marco Asensio possibly getting the nod in the final third of the field.
Rodrygo, Eden Hazard, and Gareth Bale are all viable choices on the right flank, but Vinicius Junior, who is having an outstanding season, is a foregone conclusion for Los Blancos.
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Verratti, Gueye, Wijnaldum; Messi, Mbappe, Di Maria
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius