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Probable lineups for first leg of UEFA Champions League Round of 16


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Paris Saint-Germain will come against Real Madrid on Sunday at Park Des Princes in the first leg of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Check out the probable lineups for this thrilling UCL derby clash.

Mauricio Pochettino of PSG (left) and Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid (right)
© John Berry & Quality Sport Images/Getty ImagesMauricio Pochettino of PSG (left) and Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid (right)

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid will clash off at the Park Des Princes in Paris in 2021-22 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 2:45 PM (ET). Here, you will find the expected lineups of both teams that will appear in this Round of 16 Leg 1 derby match. You can watch the game on fuboTV (Free 7-day Trial) and Paramount + (free trial) in the United States. While if you are in Canada, you can watch it on DAZN.

This will be their seventh Champions League meeting. No surprises here as Real Madrid are the favorites in head-to-head clashes, having celebrated a victory on three occasions so far; Paris Saint-Germain have grabbed a triumph only once to this day, and the remaining two matches have ended in a draw.

Their most recent game took place on November 26, 2019, when the game ended in a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. It promises to be an even more exciting clash as they meet for the first time since then in the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League campaign.

PSG probable lineup

Following a major ankle injury, PSG’s Neymar has returned to training, and the Brazilian is anticipated to be included in the squad for this encounter, although he is unlikely to start. Sergio Ramos and Ander Herrera are both expected to miss out as a result of injuries, with Idrissa Gueye returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Angel Di Maria, Georginio Wijnaldum, Nuno Mendes, and Gianluigi Donnarumma are anticipated to be included in the starting lineup, while ‘ heroes in Rennes’ late victory, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi are set to lead the attack.

PSG possible starting XI:
Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Verratti, Gueye, Wijnaldum; Messi, Mbappe, Di Maria.

Real Madrid probable lineup

After recovering from an injury, Ferland Mendy has been deemed fit, but Karim Benzema’s fitness remains a concern for the Spanish team and he is still undoubtful to begin the clash. Due to a hamstring injury, the 34-year-old Frenchman has missed two of Whites’ previous La Liga duels, but he will go to Paris.

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will line up with Casemiro in Ancelotti’s first-choice midfield three, with Marco Asensio perhaps earning a spot closer to the attack. Rodrygo, Eden Hazard, and Gareth Bale are all viable choices on the right flank, but it is Vinicius who is a sure bet to start from the first minute.

Real Madrid possible starting XI:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius.

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