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Real Sociedad v Paris Saint-Germain: Tips, Predictions and Odds

French giants Paris Saint-Germain have a 2-0 lead to defend when they head to northern Spain to take on Real Sociedad in the second leg of their Champions League Round-of-16 tie.

Real Sociedad v Paris Saint-Germain

Real Sociedad v PSG tips and predictions

PSG to win @ 17/10

Paris Saint-Germain have done half the job by establishing a 2-0 lead over Real Sociedad in the first leg of their Champions League Round-of-16 tie, and take them to make it a win double by also triumphing in San Sebastian.

The Ligue 1 leaders were given a fair test in the French capital by the Basque side, who spurned a number of good opportunities, especially in the first period.

By the end, however, coach Imanol Alguacil sounded content to have got away with just a two-goal deficit to at least give his team a sniff of overcoming the odds at the Anoeta.

For that to happen, however, the Basque side are going to have to score first and have to score at least twice and certainly the evidence for the latter isn’t there.

Agreed, they did find the net twice at Sevilla on Saturday, though in a 3-2 loss which left them seventh in La Liga.

But in their previous eight games they had found the net just four times and haven’t scored more than one goal in each of their last seven home games. The last of those was a 1-1 draw with Mallorca in the Copa del Rey, a match they lost on penalties.

Sociedad are struggling and PSG can take advantage by snatching the away win.

Luis Enrique’s side are unbeaten in 20 matches since a group-stage loss at Milan in November and in their last ten away games have kept six clean sheets and never conceded more than one goal in any of those matches.

Their last away game was Friday’s 0-0 draw at Monaco, a match in which they rode their luck and needed heroics from keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

But the important thing was they avoided defeat and, with a nine-point lead over surprise packages Brest with ten games left, seemingly have one hand on the league trophy.

Their failure to score was a rarity - they are by a distance France’s top scorers and Kylian Mbappe, goalscorer in the first leg, is by a distance France’s top individual scorer.

Real will have to come at PSG and that should play into the hands of the Parisians who can pick them off at their leisure.

Igor Zubeldia to be booked @ 21/10

Mbappe to find the net at 6/4 will be a popular bet given the Frenchman scored in the first leg, has 32 for the campaign in total and has found the net in each of his last six Champions League tussles against Spanish opposition.

However, focus instead on one of the men charged with stopping the Real Madrid-bound striker in San Sebastian, Igor Zubeldia.

The 26-year-old’s record for incurring the wrath of referees is noteworthy and the 21/10 he finds his way into Michael Oliver’s notebook looks ever so tempting.

At Sevilla on Saturday, Zubeldia picked up his tenth La Liga yellow of the season to go alongside one in the Copa and two in the Champions League. He has been booked four times in the last month.

Over 4.5 PSG corners @ 1/1

When these teams met at the Parc des Princes on 14th February they combined to chalk up 16 corners in a hugely entertaining contest.

And that corner tally wasn’t unusual set against their records in the group stage, during which the Frenchmen were averaging 7.3 corners per game, the Basques exactly seven.

Domestically Enrique’s Ligue 1 leaders average 5.2 corners per game, so it makes sense to believe they will clear the 4.5 corners mark at 1/1.

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Real Sociedad v PSG odds

Real Sociedad - 6/4
Draw - 12/5
PSG - 17/10

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