Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid face off at the Parc des Prince on Wednesday in what promises to be a blockbuster Champions League opener.
The hosts’ summer has been dominated by the future of Neymar, who made his return to action on Saturday by scoring a last-minute overhead kick winner against Strasbourg. He will, however, be just one of several stars PSG are missing as they seek to get their campaign off to a winning start.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have troubles of their own, having made an unconvincing start in the Primera Division, despite a 3-2 win over Levante at the weekend.
|Game||PSG vs Real Madrid|
|Date||Wednesday, September 18|
|Time||8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|TNT USA / UniMas / TUDN USA||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 2, BT Sport Ultimate and can be streamed via BT Sport Live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate||BT Sport Live|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Navas, Rico, Bulka|
|Defenders||Meunier, Kimpembe, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Bernat, Kurzawa, Diallo, Kouassi|
|Midfielders||Gueye, Verratti, Herrera, Paredes, Sarabia, Di Maria|
PSG are without Neymar, who is suspended for the first two game of the Champions League this season, having seen that reduced from three on appeal.
Additionally, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe will miss out, so Mauro Icardi is set to make his first start for the club.
Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Colin Dagba are also ruled out.
PSG starting XI: Navas; Meunier, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernet; Verratti, Marquinhos, Gueye; Sarabia, Icardi, Di Maria
|Position||Real Madrid squad|
|Goalkeepers||Courtois, Areola, Altube|
|Defenders||Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Mendy, Odriozola, De la Fuenta|
|Midfielders||Rodriguez, Casemiro, Kroos, Vazquez|
|Forwards||Bale, Benzema, Hazard, Vinicius, Jovic, Rodrygo|
Eden Hazard is set to make his first competitive start for Real Madrid, but Zinedine Zidane has numerous selection problems of his own to juggle.
Centre-backs Nacho and Sergio Ramos are both banned, while regular left-back Marcelo is injured.
Also laid up are Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Isco and Marco Asensio.
Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Mendy; Rodriguez, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Hazard
Betting & Match Odds
PSG are priced as 23/20 favourites with bet365. Real Madrid are a 9/4 outshot to leave Paris with maximum points, while a draw is on offer at 13/5.
Real Madrid’s quest to regain the European Cup they won on a hat-trick of occasions between 2015 and 2017 begins at Paris Saint-Germain’s Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are undefeated this season through four matches, but after draws against Valladolid and Villarreal, it is evident that they are still far from the side that swept the best of the continent away in three successive years.
Even the weekend’s 3-2 win over Levante, which seemed destined to be a cruise as they scored three times in the first 40 minutes, proved to be something of a labour as their opponents hit back twice in the second half.
“We have to improve and we will,” Zidane said in the aftermath. “I know we’ll score more goals and concede fewer.”
One man who will make Madrid improve is Eden Hazard, who has been unable to start a competitive game for them until now, but the Belgian could be unleashed in the French capital.
“Hazard is ready to play and ready to start,” Zidane confirmed on Tuesday. “We've had some good training sessions recently and he's ready.”
While the Spaniards are undoubtedly strengthened by the return of a superstar, PSG will have to do without three of their own as Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are set to sit the game out, the Brazilian due to suspension and the others because of injuries.
“They are a team that is at a very high level even without those three,” Zidane warned. “They’re a favourite to win the Champions League because they are a great team. They’re always dangerous, although sometimes they don’t get the results expected of them.”
Home head coach Thomas Tuchel may have a depleted squad, but he wants those players who are available to show how good they are.
“I want to be aggressive and play fast,” he said before reflecting on how the squad will fight their demons after a painful exit to Manchester United in the last 16 earlier this year, in which they threw away a 2-0 lead after the first leg.
“We’ve made a lot of changes, with new players We have gained in personality and experience. We have a good team. It's time to trust and look forward.”
Specialists in sore Champions League defeats when everything appears in their favour, PSG will try to flip that narrative around on Wednesday against opponents who have won the competition in three of the last four years. It is the best remedy to their exit last season.