TIP OF THE DAY: Sociedad – PSG: The Basques have nothing to lose!

On Tuesday, the first two second-leg matches of the Champions League round of 16 are scheduled, and this time we have prepared the duel between Real Sociedad and PSG for you. The first match between the Spanish and French representatives, played at Parc des Princes, ended with a 2:0 victory for Parisians. The return match is scheduled for 21:00 at Anoeta.

Real Sociedad: Disastrous Performances Lately!

As we have mentioned several times before, Real Sociedad managed to secure the fourth position in the table last season, thereby gaining direct entry into Europe’s premier club competition, achieving the long-standing goal of the San Sebastian team. The start of the season was again quite good, and it seems that Real Sociedad was at its peak during the final stages of the Champions League group phase, which the team finished at the top of the table with the same number of points as the second-placed Inter Milan. The team from Anoeta is one of the few that managed to withstand the Nerazzurri this season, not just once but twice. However, when all is said and done, it seems that the Basque club has been playing very poorly lately, and if Real Sociedad had started the season this badly, we would surely be talking about a desperate struggle for survival now.

At this moment, the former Copa del Rey winner is in seventh place in the table, which at the end of the season leads to qualification for the Conference League. Certainly, Europe’s third-tier club competition would not satisfy the leaders of this club, who dream again of the Champions League. In their last five La Liga matches, Real Sociedad has achieved only one victory, which was away against Mallorca, and in the last round, the seventh-placed team suffered another defeat, this time away at Sevilla. It was a spectacular match with five goals, where the Andalusians triumphed 3:2, moving definitively out of the danger zone.

Even before that, Imanol Alguacil’s men did not excel, as they were defeated at their home stadium by Villarreal, who also has had many problems this season. That match at Anoeta ended with a 1:3 score. In the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, Real Sociedad was smoothly defeated at Parc des Princes by PSG, with the match ending 2:0. This means that for the Spanish representative to advance to the next phase of the elite European competition, probably their best performance of the season is required.

Finally, for this return match against PSG, Alguacil will not be able to count on Munoz, Fernandez, Odriozola, and Merquelanz, while Barrenetxea is doubtful.

PSG: Advancing to the Next Phase Should Not Be in Doubt!

For years, Paris Saint-Germain has been trying to capture the trophy in Europe’s premier club competition, but success has eluded the team. The closest PSG came to the “big-eared” trophy was in the “corona” season of summer 2020, when the French representative was defeated 1:0 in the final by Bayern Munich.

As we have mentioned several times, numerous changes occurred in the French capital at the beginning of this season, the main one being on the bench, as Luis Enrique, who previously led the Spanish national team, became the new coach of the club.

As things stand in France, nothing new this season. Currently, the reigning champions of this country are at the top of the table with a nine-point lead over second-placed Brest, so it seems that another championship title is not in question.

In their last five matches, Luis Enrique’s men have achieved three victories and two draws, noting that these two draws came in the last two rounds. First, at Parc des Princes, PSG played a draw against Rennes, ending 1:1, and in the last round, the team from the capital drew again in one of the toughest away games in Ligue 1, at Monaco, a match that, against all expectations, ended goalless.

However, all focus is on the Champions League, where Enrique’s pupils managed to defeat Spanish Real Sociedad 2:0 in the first leg of the round of 16 at Parc des Princes, which is certainly a great result ahead of the return match scheduled for tonight.

It should also be mentioned that in the group stage, PSG played several quite lackluster matches, but in the end, it was enough to finish second in the group, which usually means a tougher opponent in the round of 16. However, this time that was not the case, and it is evident that PSG are the big favorites to advance to the top eight European teams in this return match.

Regarding absences, Luis Enrique has fewer problems than his counterpart at Real Sociedad. The former coach of the Spanish national team and Barcelona will not be able to count on Asensio, Skriniar, and Kimpembe for this match.

Our Betting Suggestions

As we have already noted, Real Sociedad has been playing very poorly lately, and we believe that this cannot change overnight. Therefore, it’s quite possible that Parisians will also win the return match, which is why we advise you to play an Away Win (fr 2), for which the bookmaker Mozzartbet has prepared a coefficient of 2.90.

Certainly, the double chance X2 bet on the French representative is also very acceptable, for which Mozzartbet has set up odds of 1.65.

Finally, don’t expect too many goals here, so it might be ideal to focus on the combination of bets X2&un 3.5 goals, all with odds of 1.82 at Mozzartbet.

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