The Champions League has been on hiatus while the domestic leagues have been going through a busy period, but it returns with a vengeance this week with Round of 16 actions. We are at the stage of the tournament where we are down to the best club teams in Europe, so it’s not really much of a surprise when the draw throws out some great-looking ties. The cream of the crop in the Round of 16 sees the defending champions Real Madrid go against Paris St. Germain, a team that has raised some eyebrows, as well as the attention of the FIFA Fair Play Committee, with the money they have spent over the last couple of years. The talent on this PSG team has turned Ligue 1 into a bit of bore to watch this season, as the Paris side are running away with it. The reality here, though, is that ownership spent all their money in an effort to bring the Champions League trophy to France. Real Madrid has not been at their best this season but is still the toughest team that PSG have faced in this tournament.

Real Madrid Vs Paris St. Germain Game Information

What: Real Madrid Vs Paris St. Germain
When: Wednesday, February 14 at 2:45 PM EST
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Real Madrid pk, +125

Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Varane, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.

Potential PSG starting XI: Areola; Yuri, Silva, Marquinhos, Alves; Verratti, Rabiot, Di Maria; Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani.

Why bet on Real Madrid

It’s somewhat odd to look at the La Liga standings at this stage of the season and see Real Madrid sitting in 4th spot. Barcelona is going to be the champions in Spain this year, while Madrid is going to need to try and lock up a top 5 finish that would allow them to be back in Champions League action this season. While Real Madrid is the current holders, they are not really among the favorites to repeat this season, especially after needing to settle for second place in the Group Stage, where they were topped by Tottenham. You write off Real Madrid at your own risk, though, as they appear to be sliding back into some sort of good form, winning 5-2 against Real Sociedad on the weekend. Besides those 5 goals, they have also scored 4 and 7 in a pair of other games in their last 5. Perhaps the biggest nod in their favor here is that they are unbeaten in their previous 17 Champions League home games.

Real Madrid Vs Paris St. Germain Game Information Champions League

Why bet on PSG

The money that PSG spent to acquire Neymar from Barcelona was ridiculous, but that amount was perhaps overshadowed when they went big once more to sign Kylian Mbappe. That latter deal is still being investigated, as the loan with an option to buy set-up is one that flirts with the Fair Play transfer rules. PSG have a wealth of attacking talent to choose from, although Edison Cavani is still considered doubtful for the first leg. That may not end up being much of an issue, as it is somewhat unlikely that PSG is going to come out with guns blazing. They may try and sneak an early one in Madrid but are more likely to sit back and look for counter-attacking options as the game progresses. This team can score, though, bagging 25 goals in group play

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

There has been little to separate these two teams in previous meetings, as both have won 2 and drawn 2. I imagine that this will be a tight affair, with neither team wanting to dig a deep hole in the opening leg.

Predicted Score: Real Madrid 1 PSG 1