THERE should be two cracking Champions League ties tonight as big guns PSG and Real Madrid attempt to reach the last four after disappointing first-leg results.
PSG were held 2-2 at home to Man City while Real suffered a dreadful 2-0 loss away to Wolfsburg.
Both are up against it but I can see them battling through to the semi-finals with some thrills and spills along the way.
It won’t be easy for PSG but they won 2-1 at Chelsea earlier in the campaign and triumphed in 10 of their last 11 away games and I believe they can win at the Etihad.
Conceding two away goals puts PSG on the back foot but the fact they must attack could benefit them as they’re better going forward and City will be without skipper Vincent Kompany with doubts over some other top names.
City are now favourites to go through at 8-11 with Paddy Power with the French 13-10 at Coral. To win on the night though PSG are 8-5 at jollies at William Hill while McBookie and bet365 offer City at 9-5.
PSG have David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi banned while Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore are doubts but they have Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Real will be looking to win 3-0 or 4-1 if they concede and while it’s a tall order we all know they’re capable of doing the business on their day. My concern is they’ll concede against a side who will pose plenty of problems on the break and who will know the importance of the away goal.
The Spanish side are short on the night at 2-9 with Btfred to win but to qualify bookies can hardly split the sides despite Wolfsburg’s adavantage.
With the likes of Andre Schurrle and Julian Daxler in their line-up the visitors don’t lack a threat and if they score first that could be crucial.
Ten of Madrid’s last 18 Champions League wins at the Bernabeu would have taken them to at least extra time and I reckon they’ll at least achieve a 2-0 win. That scoreline pays 17-2 at William Hill while Real is just 8-15 with bet365.
Over 2.5 goals is ridiculously short but both teams to score is 4-5 at Stan James.
Bets to Consider
PSG to win/qualify
Ibrahimovic to score first
Real to qualify