PSG vs Real Madrid preview, betting tips and prediction: Neymar injury to cost Parisians dear

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Score draw @ 7/2 with Paddy Power

Real Madrid to win at 9/4 with Paddy Power

PSG to qualify at 11/5 with Paddy Power

Real Madrid were doubted before PSG made the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of their Champions League tie two weeks ago. Zinedine Zidane’s men have struggled in LaLiga and are well behind Barcelona in the title race, but in true Los Blancos style, they hit top form at the right time and ran out 3-1 winners. They head to Paris as strong favourites to reach the last eight, but there is still some value in backing the Ligue 1 giants – 11/5 on them to qualify does seem rather generous given that they eased through the group stage scoring a record number of goals and Real are continuing domestically.

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But a huge reason PSG are not being backed, other than the huge deficit they must overcome, is the prolonged absence of their superstar, Neymar. The Brazilian will be out for three months after picking up a serious ankle injury in a league game with rivals Marseille last week. Understandably, he has become Unai Emery’s talisman, and while the boss will insist they can deal without him, they will certainly be weakened.

PSG are definitely worth a punt with such long odds on offer, because Real Madrid have shown clear inconsistencies this season. But their advantage should be too much for the French giants.

Form

PSG are not quite as dominating as they were earlier in the season, but they are still easing towards the Ligue 1 title.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, had looked like recovering from a nightmare few months with five straight wins in all competitions before a defeat at Espanyol last week.

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Team News

Neymar’s absence is the headline news, but Marquinhos and Kylian Mbappe are also struggling for fitness.

Real Madrid have a clean bill of health heading into the game.

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