The first Match-day of the Champions League will bring a massive battle on Wednesday. French giants Paris SG will start their run with a spectacular match, as they will host Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid. Both teams have made solid starts in the new season and this is going to be an exciting match to watch.
Date/Time: 9-18-2019, 15:00 EST
Spread: Real Madrid +0.25
Total: 3 Goals
Paris SG have made a really solid start in the season, winning five of their first six matches. They will look to go past the round of 16 this season, where they have been eliminated in each of the last three editions. In the four editions prior to that, Paris SG were eliminated in the quarter-finals. They have been tremendously good at home in the Champions League, losing just three of their last 51 European matches. But they have not kept a single clean sheet in their last six such matches. Paris SG have won just four of their last 11 matches in the competitions (4-5-2). They have been great against Spanish visitors, losing just three of their last 15 (7-3-5). Their overall record against Spanish sides stands at 11-12-7.
Real Madrid have made an undefeated start in the La Liga this season (2-0-2). They scored in all four matches so far, but have failed to keep a single clean sheet. This is the 24th Champions League campaign, a record. Real Madrid have qualified to the knock-out rounds on 23 occasions, which is also a record. Last season was the first time since 2009/10 they failed to reach the semi-finals. They have been really great in this competition in recent years, losing just seven of their 41 matches (27-7-7), They won three of their four away matches in the competition last season. And they have won in 14 of their last 22 (14-4-4). Real Madrid have not lost any of their last 11 matches against French sides (8-0-3). Their record on French soil reads 6-6-3.
The two teams met in the Round of 16 in the 2017/18 season, where Real Madrid won both matches. After a 1-3 at home, they also won in France by 2-1. Prior to that they had met in the 2015/16 group stage, where after a goal-less draw in this venue, Real Madrid won by 0-1 at home. This season they have yet to keep a clean sheet, and that will probably hurt them in the long-run. Paris SG are great at home and we will most likely see a goal-fest here.
Champions League Paris SG vs Real Madrid Prediction: Over 3 Goals (-110)
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