Paris Saint-Germain will today clash with thirteen-times Champions Real Madrid in the Champions League tonight biggest fixture. We shall take you through the possible starting lineups for PSG vs Real Madrid.
The two European heavyweights will meet in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie holding at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Paris Saint-Germain have been boosted by the return of Neymar from injury and the Brazilian trained with the first team squad ahead of the encounter.
Kick Off Time
The Champions League clash is set to take place on Tuesday, February 15 at Le Parc des Princes.
Kick-off is scheduled for 8pm UK time.
The second leg of the tie will take place on Wednesday, March 9.
This article predicts PSG vs Real Madrid possible lineups for tonight UCL game.
Ahead of the game, The Score Nigeria takes a look at how Paris SG and Real Madrid lineup could look like in the crucial game. Check it out below:
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to play with the 4-3-3 formation with Italian goalie Donnarumma set to take his place in the goal.
At the heart of the defence, Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos are expected to start with Sergio Ramos ruled out of the game.
Helping the team from the full-back spots should be the duo of Nuno Mendes and Achraf Hakimi.
The trio of Paredes, Marco Verratti and Danilo Pereira should form the French giants’ midfield.
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Neymar Junior much anticipated return is expected to happen today as the Brazilian maestro is likely to start as a left-winger with Kylian Mbappe staying on the opposite flank.
Lionel Messi will be hoping to extend his goal tally for the club in the Champions League from the false 9 position.
Here’s an illustration of the possible lineup below:
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– Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have met on ten previous occasions in European competition, with the Spanish side just edging the head-to-head record (W4 D3 L3).
Real Madrid Lineup
The encounter between both teams will surely be a thrilling and entertaining game, however, Real Madrid are the favorites to win this game, in this article, let us analyze tactical line up Carlo Ancelotti can use to stop PSG’s threatening force.
Carlo Ancelotti will be aiming to use his biggest weapons against the French giant at Parc Des Princes, here is how the team might tactically line up for the upcoming fixture.
As usual, Courtois should be the man between the sticks for Real Madrid, Mendy and Carvajal can make the starting line up as the two wing backs, while Alaba and Eder will start as the two centre back.
Luca Modric will link up with Casemiro, and Toni Kroos for the midfield battle, while Karim Benzema will lead Asensio and Vinicius.
Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid: Team news
Neymar could be back in contention for PSG after continuing his recovery from an ankle injury.
Whether he’ll start against Real, however, remains to be seen.
Sergio Ramos is out while Ander Herrera is a doubt for the clash with the Spanish league leaders.
Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy have recovered from injury and will be part of the Real squad.
Gareth Bale could also be involved after starting the weekend’s match with Villarreal.
Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid: What has been said?
Pochettino has discussed the prospect of Neymar returning to contention and said: “You have to be careful with expectations, then it’s not reality.
“Everyone creates their own expectations. Expectation is something that is not supported by science and reality is something else.
“It may be there. Evolution is very good and he may be in the squad. Hopefully, because he’s an important player for us.”
Meanwhile Ancelotti has refused to be drawn on whether Bale would be involved in Paris.
He said: “He (Bale) had a major injury in September.
“It’s been difficult for him to pick up the pace and avoid problems. But, today he’s shown he can be with us and he’s committed.
“I don’t know (about PSG), we will wait and see what happens in the next few days.
“Hopefully everyone is back. He’s had an opportunity and he’s delivered, he was dangerous and made chances to score. He did well.”
Head to Head Stats
Both teams are currently in fine form in their respective leagues as they hold a significant lead at the summit of the table. However, while Kylian Mbappe’s stoppage time strike secured all three points for PSG in their last outing, Real Madrid were held to a stalemate by Villarreal away from home.
3- Head To Head
Today’s match will mark the 7th meeting between these two sides in the history of the competition. Their previous 6 ties has produced 3 wins for Los Blancos, a win for PSG and 2 draws.