Can Angel Di Maria come to haunt his former teammates this Wednesday when Paris Saint-Germain host 10 time European Cup winners Real Madrid? Both teams have started their Champions League campaigns impressively as they both defeated Malmo FF and FC Shakhtar Donetsk scoring 11 goals between them in the process. Despite Di Maria making his return against his former team he has vowed ‘not to celebrate’ if he scores this Wednesday against Los Blancos.
Whilst Di Maria will play for PSG, Bale will miss out for Real Madrid – a significant blow for manager Rafa Benitez who has other injury worries including James Rodriguez, Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos. Bale was substituted off at half-time last weekend as Real Madrid defeated Levante 3-0, putting them in good stead for this contest. The injury is to the calf which is a problem Gareth Bale has had to deal with previously. In Real Madrid’s first European game against Shakhtar, Bale suffered a similar injury which has been aggravated more whilst on international duty with Wales.
Real Madrid will have to worry about Sweden’s iconic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he fired 2 home this weekend against Bastia in Ligue 1. This comes after Zlatan recently broke the PSG all-time goal scorer record, which will certainly give him confidence. PSG will have their own worries though as Cristiano Ronaldo visits the Parc Des Princes in scintillating form and full of confidence after breaking the Real Madrid all-time scorer record, just as Ibrahimovic did for PSG.
PSG are in very good form winning their 5 last matches whilst tallying a total of 14 goals in that time, conceding only 2. Paris Saint-Germain’s home record remains untouched in the league, having won 3 and drawn 1 so far – firing them to the top of Ligue 1, 5 points clear.
In contrast Real Madrid are also unbeaten in their last 5 matches although they have only managed to win 3 whilst drawing 2, with a 1-1 draw coming against city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Considering the recent form of Cristiano Ronaldo finding the odds of 7/1 for Ronaldo to score first and Real Madrid to win is a steady bet. However this isn’t the only worthwhile Ronaldo bet. At 7/4 you can have Ronaldo to be Real Madrid’s first scorer – a £10 bet will see a return of £27.50.
Both teams have scored a lot in recent games which would lead me to believe this will be an affair with plenty of attacking actions and goals – odds of 2.5 goals or more come in at 3/ 4 which represents a well worth bet with some kind profits.
This match has been a long time in the making, with the European giants having clashed only 4 times in their history. The most recent was at the 1993-1994 European Cup Winners Cup where PSG managed a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid on aggregate. The attendance on the previous home-leg in this tie was 45,000 with a similar attendance or more expected this Wednesday against Real Madrid at Parc Des Princes. In case you’re wondering, Paris Saint-Germain went into the semi-final only to be defeated 2-1 by Arsenal, who later won the competition.