Real seek PSG revenge

Real Madrid welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Santiago Bernabeu tonight looking for revenge after a Champions League humbling.

A 3-0 loss at Parc des Princes in September saw Zinedine Zidane under huge pressure, especially as the hosts were without their entire first-choice front line of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.

Those three are back – and Mauro Icardi has been impressing in their absence – but Real Madrid will not want to head into the final matchday needing a result against Club Brugge to reach the knockout stages.

Zidane appears to have his squad back under control after a shaky start to the season, so will fancy their chances in front of their own fans.

Real Madrid are in far better shape than two months ago when they went down so heavily at Parc des Princes and with Group A all but decided, we should see a more even contest.

Eden Hazard will be keen to impress against a team he has regularly rejected advances from in recent seasons.

Gareth Bale came on against Real Sociedad so is fit, though if Zinedine Zidane would start him against PSG is a different matter. James Rodriguez remains out, along with Nacho, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.

PSG welcomed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe back for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Lille and both should start today.

There have been 10 previous meetings between the two sides, with both teams sharing four wins apiece.

PSG brushed Los Blancos aside in September as Angel Di Maria scored twice against his former team in a 3-0 win. – EveningStandard

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