As expected, PSG has begun 2019/20 strongly, and their Ligue 1 form ahead of this opening Champions League (UCL) matchday is W4, L1. All wins have yielded a clean sheet, with the last three wins (GF 7, GA 0) seeing all of PSG’s goals consigned to one half in their respective matches.
In practice, this means that three of PSG’s last six halves of domestic league action have been goalless. However, that has been the case in just one of PSG’s last six halves of UCL action at the Parc Des Princes stadium.
Real Madrid is currently third in La Liga after an unbeaten start to 2019/20 (W2, D2). Each of those wins saw Real score three uninterrupted match goals, with their second and third goals of each match being separated by a gap of fewer than twenty minutes.
Excluding finals on neutral territory, Real’s UCL away record since the start of 2017/18 reads W8, L2. Three of the last four in that group saw one team fail to score, while their last two group stage away games against a fellow team drawn from the top two pots have both yielded a winning margin of precisely two goals.
Players to watch: Both of PSG’s last two UCL home games in 2018/19 saw Juan Bernat scored PSG’s first goal inside the opening 15 minutes.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was at the double in his last game, scoring a first-half brace for the first time since January.
Stat attack: Five of PSG’s last six UCL halves at home have been settled by a one-goal margin either way.
Real are currently on a run of three consecutive UCL away wins, across which their last five goals have come in the second half.
Both of Real’s draws this season have seen both teams score, with the first two match goals shared equally.
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Referee: Taylor A. (Eng),
Venue: Parc des Princes (Paris)