The Champions League returns today, with seasonal hazard Real Madrid going back to European action after an emphatic thumping of Girona, which numerous are calling completion of the La Liga title race. Meanwhile Paris Saint-Germain will be hoping Luis Enrique is the one that can turn their fortunes around in Europe, however deal with a challenging Real Sociedad in his very first knockout tie. Here’s how we believe the very first legs will play out.
RB Leipzig v Real Madrid – Red Bull Arena Leipzig
Tuesday 13/02/24 – 21:00 CEST
Feargal Brennan: Real Madrid look all set to partly change tracks in the run in after opening a 5 point La Liga title lead. Whilst Carlo Ancelotti won’t confess, he understands he can divide resources, and keep additional freshness for Europe. No Jude Bellingham is a problem, however RB Leipzig don’t appear to have the engine space to capitalise, and their kind has actually dipped. Lois Openda will be one to look for versus a repaired Los Blancos defence. But, Ancelotti will be positive of bringing a very first leg lead back to Madrid.
Score Prediction: RB Leipzig 0-2 Real Madrid
John Menzies: Real Madrid will elegant their possibilities of a 15th European Cup/Champions League, and they will definitely be among the favourites. Jude Bellingham will be a huge miss out on for Carlo Ancelotti, however they have sufficient firepower to break down the Bundesliga side’s underperforming defence.
Score Prediction: RB Leipzig 1-3 Real Madrid
Ruairidh Barlow: Real Madrid will obviously be on a high after their Girona clash, however it’s likewise real that they were superlative because match – anticipating them to strike that level once again 3 days later on is a lot. They play a Leipzig side that generally provided issues in the past, however their absence of strength at the back will be made use of. The absence of Jude Bellingham robs Los Blancos of a few of their objective hazard however, therefore it will still remain in play come the 2nd leg.
Score Prediction: RB Leipzig 1-2 Real Madrid
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Paris Saint-Germain v Real Sociedad – Parc des Princes
Wednesday 14/02/24 – 21:00 CEST
FB: Real Sociedad are more than efficient in continuing Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League concerns, although their failure to score objectives of late might cost them, particularly with the French champs having Kylian Mbappe back from injury. Imanol Alguacil will intend to keep it tight in Paris ahead of the return leg at the Reale Arena.
Score Prediction: PSG 1-0 Real Sociedad
JM: PSG are waltzing to a Ligue 1 title defence however their Champions League enigma stay. After scraping through the group phases they fulfill a well coached La Real missing out on some essential gamers. If Mikel Oyarzabal loses out, Imanol Alguacil will fine-tune his group, however a return leg in San Sebatian might see a shock.
Score Prediction: PSG 1-1 Real Sociedad
RB: Valentine’s day in the city of love for Real Sociedad, however the Txuri-Urdin may be advised of the unpleasant side of love versus PSG. If this match had actually taken place in November, La Real would stand an opportunity of taking a win, however Luis Enrique has actually had an additional couple of months to the play and change his PSG, while Imanol Alguacil is intensely attempting to work their escape of their normal brand-new year dip. La Real are hollow, nor are they scoring frequently, however they are well-coached. PSG to take a benefit to Donostia-San Sebastian.
Score Prediction: PSG 2-0 Real Sociedad
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