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Champions League Preview: Real Madrid Hosts Paris Saint-Germain



This week ends round two of the group stage of the Champions League. Two of the best clubs in Europe will face off Tuesday when Real Madrid hosts Paris Saint-Germain.

The two sides played to a goalless draw in Paris in their previous group stage match and will finish off round two Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu in Spain.

Real Madrid at the weekend was able to retake the top spot in La Liga in Spain when los Blancos defeated Las Palmas 3-1 with goals from Isco, Jese and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real has Spain’s topflight league’s best defensive numbers conceding only 4 goals in their first 10 matches of the season. Keylor Navas has played exceptionally well in goal for Real.

Real has not lost any competitive match since Juventus defeated them in the Champions League semifinals’ first stage last May. The club is also unbeaten in eight straight matches versus opponents from France, with 5 wins and 3 draws.

Navas as well as Sergio Ramos are both expected to be in the starting lineup versus PSG after missing weekend action due to minor injuries. Karim Benzema and Dani Carvajal are both questionable, while Luka Modric is doubtful.

Ronaldo and Benzema if healthy will lead the attack for Real. The weak spot on the pitch last season for Real was its defense, but that seems to have been rectified with Ramos and Raphael Varane holding down the two center back positions.

Paris Saint-Germain is unbeaten this season across all competitions, with three draws and the rest victories. The Parisians own a lead of 10 points at the top of Ligue 1 in the topflight league in France.

At the weekend, Angel Di Maria a former star with Real scored for PSG in a 1-0 win over Rennes.

David Luiz a defender for PSG is working hard to recover from his knee problem but is questionable for this match. Javier Pastore and Marquinhos have both been ruled out of this match.

Look for Zlatan Ibramimovic will lead the charge for PSG. The veteran Swede will be the Paris club’s biggest threat up front.

Overall Real has 3 wins and 2 draws in its past 5 matches across all competitions, while PSG has 4 wins and 1 loss in its past five.

Lean: Real is at home and has more overall talent. Take Real to win 2-1

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