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Champions League Group A: Real Madrid should be wary of potent PSG

| 21.10.2015

Matt Haynes | October 20, 2015

PSG v Real Madrid

  • Champions League
  • Wednesday, October 21st
  • Kick-off: 19:45 BST
  • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Live on BT Sport Showcase and Extra 1

European heavyweights meet for first time

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As the Champions League returns to our screens this midweek, Coral preview two titans of the European game as PSG welcome 10-time winners Real Madrid to the Parc des Princes.

Laurent Blanc’s side are 7/5 with Coral to record a win over Los Blancos and have improved in the competition over the last couple of years, as they earned a 3-2 victory against eventual winners Barcelona at this stage last season.

Ronaldo v Ibrahimovic part II

These two sides, though, have never met before and it makes for an intriguing fixture. When Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic last faced off, a place at the World Cup finals was at stake as both featured for Portugal and Sweden respectively in a two-legged play-off fixture.

Soccer - Ligue 1 - Monaco v PSG - Stade Louis II

In the end it was Portugal who progressed, though it was really the Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic show with the former scoring four and the latter netting twice.

The duo are 7/2 and 4/1 respectively to break the deadlock, with Portugal forward Ronaldo already on five goals in the Champions League this season, bagging a brace in his side’s away trip to Malmo.

PSG not firing Blancs this season

Undefeated so far this term, the French champions will go into this match high on confidence, especially their Swedish superstar, who has two goals apiece in PSG’s last two matches.

Last time out in the competition, the Parisians ran out 3-0 winners in Ukraine as they beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 with Serge Aurier and David Luiz dispatching before Darijo Srna added an own goal. While Luiz is unavailable, Ivory Coast attacking right back Aurier is 16/1 in the anytime market.

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Meanwhile, in the 2-0 home win over Malmo, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani struck, so they are 6/1 and 5/1 respectively to open the scoring against their Spanish opposition, with Argentina attacker Di Maria lining up against his former side for the first time since his switch to Manchester United.

Native Benzema can be Karim of the crop

While all the talk before the match is likely to be about Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic, Real’s Karim Benzema can quietly go about his business under the radar in his homeland. During his time with Lyon, the striker never scored against PSG and with seven goals in eight appearances this season, looks good value at 7/1 to net two or more.

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Meanwhile, coach Rafa Benitez, who famously won the competition with Liverpool, may look to feature young striker Jese Rodriguez, especially in the absence of Gareth Bale who is unlikely to be fit due to a calf problem. The Spaniard is a decent price at 11/4 to dispatch anytime.

Coral’s top tip: Back Ronaldo to keep up his fine record this season and break the deadlock @ 7/2 with Coral

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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.