PSG Set To Add Salt To Madrid’s Wounds…
The match that tops this week’s encounters is the UEFA Champions League game between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Los Blancos have been struggling this season in LaLiga, however going into this game, Zinedine Zidane’s men will be confident after their win over the weekend. On the other hand, PSG are in fine form and will be looking to tear Madrid apart.
Porto will host Liverpool on Wednesday in a UEFA Champions League match. This is a vital match for the Reds as they seek to progress through the group stages, however, it will not be a walk in the park as the home side will be looking to get a positive result on their home turf.
On Saturday, February 17, Kaizer Chiefs will battle out against Cape Town City in a league match. Both teams are level on points and are placed fourth and fifth, respectively on the log standings. This promises to be a tough encounter as both teams are looking to continue contending for the league title.
Match of the Week
Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain (UEFA Champions League)
League Rankings: Madrid 5th (LaLiga) & PSG 1st (Ligue 1)
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Useful facts: Ligue1 leaders, PSG, registered their 14th win in all competitions in the last 15 games when they defeated Toulouse 1-0 over the weekend. The win for the Parisians might be a confidence booster as they turn their focus to the UEFA Champions League, where they take on reigning champions Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Wednesday evening. Despite having a partially difficult run in LaLiga, Zinedine Zidane’s men comfortably collected three points against Real Sociedad last Saturday. A plus for Madrid is that the club’s star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, was on the scoresheet, netting a hat-trick. The Champions League is Real’s last chance for silverware after they were dumped out of the Copa del Rey and sit 17 points behind FC Barcelona in LaLiga.
Luvuyo Memela: Madrid
Porto v Liverpool (UEFA Champions League)
League Rankings: Porto 1st (Primeira Liga) & Liverpool 3rd (LaLiga)
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Useful facts: For the first time in nine years, the Reds will be participating in Champions League knockout stages when they travel to Portugal to face off with Porto in the first leg at Estadio do Dragao. They will look to go beyond their 2009 quarter-final appearance where they lost 7-5 on aggregate against Chelsea. Liverpool’s in-form winger, Mohammed Salah, was at it again as he put on an impressive performance when they beat Southampton 2-0. The hosts will be meeting the Reds for the fourth time in all competitions and will look to overcome their winless run against Jurgen Klopp’s side. The last time the Dragons challenged Liverpool, the five-time champions claimed a 4-1 victory.
Luvuyo Memela: Draw
Kaizer Chiefs v Cape Town City (Premier Soccer League)
League Rankings: Chiefs 4th & City 5th
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Useful facts: Benni McCarthy’s City had a very busy week as they participated in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 where they narrowly edged Bidvest Wits 1-0 and went on to play the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round where they struck late to beat Swaziland’s Young Buffaloes 1-0, earning themselves a crucial away goal advantage. With all that out of the way, City now turn their attention back to the league, where they visit the Glamour Boys for the last fixture of the season between the two teams. Amakhosi advanced to the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup having beaten Golden Arrows 3-0 last Sunday. The last time the two sides locked horns, Chiefs beat the visitors 2-0.
Luvuyo Memela: Draw