Real Madrid vs PSG:
International Champions Cup,
Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Kick-off: 0:30 UK Time
Venue: Mapfre Stadium, Columbus (Ohio).
Real Madrid kick-off their preparations for the new season as they meet French Champions PSG in Ohio for the International Champions Cup fixture on Wednesday.
Zinedine Zidane, who took the reins at Santiago Bernabeu from Rafael Benitez half way through last season is set to lead the team in the first full season as Real Madrid manager. Unlike last season, he has a perfect opportunity to assess the squad and address the key areas and make improvements to aid the team compete in all tournaments they enter.
The Los Blancos have won all of their last five games in all competitions at the end of the 2015/16 season, with eight goals scored against three conceded during the period.
The Ligue 1 Champions PSG started the ICC 2016 campaign with 3-1 win over Inter Milan. And they also run victorious 2-1 in a friendly against West Bromwich Albion a week ago. Their last five games have seen four wins and a draw, scoring 14 and concedes five goals in all competitions.
Real Madrid vs PSG: Team News
Real Madrid will miss the services of C. Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Pepe as their still on holidays due to the Euro 2016 participation. But Navas and Danilo have return from fresh injuries, while PSG is without Matuidi, who is still on holidays.
Real Madrid: Expected Starting Eleven (4-4-2)
Casilla – Cavajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – Kroos, Casemiro, James, Isco – Morata, Benzema.
PSG: Expected Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Trapp – Aurier, Luiz, Silva, Maxwell – Rabiot, Krychowiak- Ben Arfa, Verratti, Augustin – Cavani
Real Madrid vs PSG: Head-to-Head
There have been eight meetings and 15 goals scored between two sides since 1998 to 2015 in all outings. Real Madrid have won four times and scored eight goals while PSG’s victory against Real Madrid is just two, drew two and netted seven.
Real Madrid vs PSG: Prediction
Real Madrid and PSG have become a strong force to reckon with especially PSG on any given day, they can pull a surprise.
PSG had an inspiring performance last season by winning the French Ligue 1 with six games to spare and reaching Champions league quarter-finals but these success was hugely on a potent forward in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Sweden international netted 36 goals for the French in the league.
Zlatan is now with Man United leaving Edison Cavani as the only high class striker in the fold. Cavani as well was not better than Zlatan last season, the 3-1 win against Inter Milan saw full-back Serge Ariuer netted the double, PSG seems to have lost a potent striker for them but with collaborative team work PSG can make a mark.
The missing of Ronaldo, Bale and Pepe is a huge blow to Madrid as these trio were very instrumental for Madrid’s Champions League triumph last season.
Zinadine Zidane have been with his team since last season and knows what players can offer. With the likes of Benzema and Morata upfront, he may expect goals to come with ease.
Predicted Full Time Score: Real Madrid 2-2 PSG.
- Both Teams to Score.
- Over 2.5 goals