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Mbappe’s time to shine if PSG are to beat Real Madrid without Neymar

Nick Murphy | 6 March 2018

UCL last-16 tie takes place tonight

Neymar’s absence from Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League encounter with Real Madrid this evening cannot be underestimated.

PSG are already 3-1 behind in the tie and will have to do without the Brazilian forward after he fractured a metatarsal against Marseille last month. The 26-year-old is the UCL’s joint-third top goalscorer this season and has 26 goals to his name in all competitions.

Without the ex-Barcelona man, the hosts are considered a 17/20 shot to win the match inside 90 minutes. Los Blancos are 27/10, with the Draw at 16/5. PSG are 11/4 to qualify from the tie.

Any side in the world would struggle without Neymar’s quality. But luckily for Les Parisiens they still have a wealth of talent to call upon in the French Capital.

Kylian Mbappe is already enjoying his second season of Champions League football at the age of 19. He’s scored four goals in the competition so far this season, including one against Bayern Munich.

On home soil, he stands a much better chance of stretching the visiting defence with his exciting pace and trickery. He’s 11/10 to Score Anytime.

Edinson Cavani, too, has been in magnificent form this season. The Uruguayan has failed to score in just three home matches this term. He’s bagged in his last five matches at Parc des Princes and should prove a handful for Sergio Ramos and co.

It’s 8/11 that he Scores Anytime and 11/4 that he scores 2 or more to drag PSG level across the two legs.

For the visitors, Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League’s top scorer with 11 goals. He netted twice in the first-leg at the Santiago Bernabeu and has 10 goals in his last five matches.

You can back the 33-year-old to open the scoring at 4/1. It’s 9/2 that he plunders a fifth brace in six matches.

With goals expected, we’ve also priced up Both Teams to Score at 1/3. Meanwhile, it’s 17/10 for PSG to Win and Both Teams to Score.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing