The old guard of European football faces off against the new kids on the block on Wednesday when defending champions Real Madrid take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 first leg.
The nouveau riche PSG are desperate for European success and splashed the cash in the summer in the hope of pushing themselves over the line, assembling the most feared strikeforce in world football by landing Neymar for £200million and Kylian Mbappe for £166m.
The additions of Neymar and Mbappe, coupled with the prolific Edinson Cavani, look to have edged them ahead of Real Madrid’s BBC of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, although the latter group will hope to have something to stay about that on Wednesday.
PSG’s front three caught the eye during the group stages having averaged more than four goals a game, making the 11/10 on offer for over 3.5 goals in the first leg tempting.
Real have struggled to match the achievements of last season having completed a La Liga and Champions League double, and coach Zinedine Zidane finds himself in need of a big result to keep himself in situ.
The Frenchman’s team have raised their game for the Champions League in recent years and have not lost at home in Europe since March 2015, making the 29/20 available for the home win tempting.
Ronaldo has lead by example in Europe, netting in all six group games this term. It is therefore no surprise to see him priced at 5/6 to score anytime.
PSG head to Spain for the first time since they imploded in the Champions League quarter-finals against Barcelona last season, meaning they have still to prove they can down one of Europe’s big boys over two legs.
Unai Emery’s side have won their last six matches in all competitions heading in to this one, while they comfortably won their group ahead of Bayern Munich to reach this stage.
They did lose to the German giants in Munich on Matchday Six though and until the Parisians can prove they are good enough to take down the Champions League’s best away from home then Real is the choice for this one.
Wednesday’s other last-16 first leg sees Porto play host to Liverpool, with the Reds 27/20 to record a rare away win at the Estadio do Dragao.
The Portuguese have lost just once at home in 44 matches in all competitions, comfortably seeing off RB Leipzig and Monaco on home soil during this season’s group stages.
Porto also lead the Primeira Liga standings by two points having gone through the first 21 matches of the campaign unbeaten, winning 17.
They look like being a tough nut to crack for the Reds, who produced a mixed bag of results away from home during the group stages, drawing twice inbetween winning 7-0 against Maribor.
The goals often follow wherever Liverpool go, scoring at least twice in 11 of their last 12 outings in all competitions and despite Porto having a solid backline they look good value at 21/10 to score in both halves.
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