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Champions League Group A: Hosts Real Madrid can punish PSG

Holly Thackeray | November 2, 2015

Real Madrid v PSG

  • Champions League
  • Tuesday, November 3rd
  • Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
  • Bernabeu, Madrid
  • Live on BT Sport Extra 2

Real a well-oiled machine

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As Spanish giants Real Madrid prepare for the visit of PSG, they remain formidably unbeaten across all competitions and can consolidate their position atop Champions League Group A in this key clash.

For those reasons, Rafa Benitez’s well-drilled boys are odds-on at 8/11 with Coral to come out tops against their Parisian guests, after a disappointing draw in the reverse.

The two ambitious teams are currently level on seven points, with Real stealing ahead on goal difference. Yet, despite all the glitz, glamour and clinical forward threats on show, a stalemate was all they could muster in the French capital.

Back at the Bernabeu, there are odds of 3/1 for another splitting of the spoils, though Spanish giants Madrid will be buoyed by scaling the Liga summit, so are enticing at 11/5 to score three or more, having won both of their previous outings 3-1.

Navas proving worth in net

Soccer - La Liga - Real Madrid v UD Levante - Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Real’s rearguard has certainly been stubborn since Benitez arrived, and keeper Keylor Navas has been key in the Spaniards conceding just four from 13 fixtures across all competitions.

Receiving deserved recognition after almost being shipped-off in summer, the in-form stopper is 7/4 to keep a ninth clean sheet. Navas himself recently lauded his side’s newly-installed work ethic, stating:
“We’re putting our heart and soul into reaching the final and winning it. The team are doing a great job.

“We’re all doing our bit in terms of defensive work. We know that if we all defend together, starting with the attackers, it makes it very difficult for our opponents to create danger,” added the Costa Rican keeper.

“So we’re following the instructions of the coaching staff and trying to improve in every game.”

Ronaldo at the ready

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At the other end of the pitch, Real have so far scored six in Europe this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo contributing five. So, backing the Portuguese superstar at 3/1 to be first on target, or the same price to bag a brace or better simply makes sense.

Aside from their most famous threat, academy graduate Jese Rodriguez (7/4 to score anytime) has been among the goals of late, while France forward Karim Benzema is 9/2 to have the final say.

PSG under pressure

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As for the visitors, Laurent Blanc’s team have a point to prove in Europe this campaign, and must illustrate their continental credentials by pinching Madrid’s scalp.

A 15/4 price for the Paris giants to win away seems unlikely to come off, following repeated failures on Spanish soil against Barcelona in recent times.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains the most capable of carving open Real, with seven strikes in his last five Ligue 1 outings. The Swedish striker is 15/8 in the anytime market. Meanwhile, former Madrid man Angel Di Maria has come under criticism since arriving in Paris, but poached the winner last time out and is tasty at 7/2 to strike against his old club anytime.

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Disclaimer: Odds correct at time of writing

Coral’s top tip: Back Madrid at 7/4 to shut out PSG