Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) host Real Madrid (RM) in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 round of 16 at Parc des Princes in the early hours of Wednesday, February 16. The match will kick off at 1:30 AM IST.
PSG vs RM Dream11 prediction
Wednesday’s tie between PSG and Real Madrid is expected to be a cagey affair, to say the very least. The star-studded PSG may have won each of their last four Ligue 1 games, but their record in the UEFA Champions League this season hasn’t been great. The team won just three of their six league stage games as they drew two and lost one.
However, the fact that the Les Parisiens are playing at home is expected to give them the edge as Madrid, despite topping their group, have won just two of their last five games across all competitions.
PSG vs RM Dream11 team tips for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
Top tip: Best forward
With Neymar uncertain to start and Lionel Messi not enjoying a great run of form, PSG’s Kylian Mbappe becomes an automatic pick for a forward. The French striker has accumulated 366 fantasy points in six UCL games and has made it to the Dream Team on all occasions. This comes on the back of his tally of four goals and as many assists in the continental championship.
Top tip: Best midfielder
PSG’s Angel Di Maria hasn’t really performed at his full potential in the Champions League this season, but is expected to be a key player in Mauricio Pochettino’s setup. The Argentina winger is expected to start alongside Messi and Mbappe upfront, meaning that the Madrid defence can expect some hard times out wide.
Top tip: Bests defender and goalkeeper
Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal has played just three UCL games this season, but the experienced right-back has managed to accrue 140 fantasy points while making it to the Dream Team on two occasions. The Spanish full-back is a strong recommendation for this game.
For a goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois is the safest option to go with given that PSG are expected to rotate their keepers, meaning that it’s uncertain who will be their custodian between Gianluigi Donnarumma and Keylor Navas.
PSG vs RM probable playing XI
PSG playing XI (probable): Gianluigi Donnarumma (goalkeeper); Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos (captain), Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes; Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, Georginio Wijnaldum; Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria
RM playing XI (probable): Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper); Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema (captain), Vinicius Jr.
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