PSG & Real Madrid Offer UCL Betting Value on Both Sides of the Coin

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 10:19 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 10:19 PM GMT

The popcorn match of the third round of Champions League group action is the top billing of PSG and Real Madrid, both undefeated so far in Europe. So who will win the battle of equals in Group A?

PSG Home Faves to tempting Real Underdogs
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are home favorites in this sensational billing, albeit odds makers aren’t cornering the game fully in their camp: they are trading just long of EVEN money at +140 soccer odds at Bet365.

That’s a tribute to the quality of their opponent, Real Madrid – one of the top teams in Europe and viable contenders to win their second Champions League trophy in three seasons. That said Real are trading at +210 soccer odds to win outright, an underdog price tag that strikes an attractive pose on the Champions League odds board. It’s not often a club of their quality and proven championship credentials trades upwards of +200, prompting many soccer bettors to consider a tickle.

 

PSG vs. Real
It’s not a decisive match in the competition proper per se, but their meeting could prove deciding in how the group takes shape. Real Madrid are the hot favorites at -250 soccer odds to win group A while PSG are second in line to the coveted spot with +188 soccer odds on offer.

PSG are after winning their opener 2-0 over Malmo and defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 on the road. Not to be outdone, Real Madrid also deposit two clean sheets – 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk (home) and a 2-0 win over Malmo (away).

As it is, the pair are dead even on a 2-0-0 mark and 6 points, but Real Madrid have the slight upper hand by virtue of a plus 6 goal differential.

To be fair, PSG do have cause for optimism. Having masterminded an upset over another European great, Barcelona – they pulled off the feat in last year’s campaign when the pair collided in Group F action in Paris by winning the five-goal thriller 3-2 – it’s not unreasonable to expect them to do it again.

What’s more, current form is auspicious behind an 11-game undefeated streak in all competitions – they are 8-2-0 in Ligue 1 with 26 points, which includes scoring 21 goals and conceding just 5 over the course of 10 games. At home, they are 3-1-0, shipping 9 goals and conceding three.

Real Madrid, however, are a popular side both on the pitch and the soccer betting floor. Consensus betting reveals a conspicuous lean towards the away win by Real Madrid, a soccer pick underscored by their remarkable recent away form in the competition – undefeated through 8 away matches going back to their 2012-2013 campaign.

 

Soccer Betting Tips and Picks
By all accounts, this is going to be a close encounter. There’s plenty of value on both sides of the coin, each with a reasonable expectation of winning this game. That said neither side is going to want to lose this game either, which would mean ceding the advantage in Group A. So by a process of elimination, we’re left with a potential for the draw, which can be backed at +250 soccer odds. Those looking to back either side on their soccer picks might consider hedging those bets with the combined win or draw bet: PSG to win or draw are matched on -263 soccer odds while Real to win or draw are matched on -175 soccer odds.

Champions League Soccer Pick: Draw +250 or Real to win or draw at -175

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