Champions League Heavyweights Clash On Wednesday

There are another two tantalising European ties that will play out on Wednesday night featuring four teams from across the continent that have amassed a whopping 19 titles between them over the years. Paris St Germain are still seeking their first crown while Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are the double-defending champions looking to make it a hat-trick of victories in 2018 and become the first team in history to lift the trophy on three consecutive occasions.

UEFA Champions League fixtures:

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 Porto vs Liverpool Real Madrid vs PSG Both games expected to kick-off at 19:45 (7:45 pm) GMT

FC Porto vs Liverpool – Estadio do Dragao, Porto

Its been over a decade since either Porto or Liverpool lifted the famed European Cup. Porto’s surprise success under the guidance of a young Jose Mourinho in 2003/04 was bettered the following year by Rafa Benitez’ Liverpool who masterminded the most sensational of comebacks against Italian outfit AC Milan after being 3-0 down at half-time ‘that night in Istanbul’. On Wednesday, the pair will meet for the fifth time in the competition's history after last facing each other in the group stages in 2007/08. The Portuguese giants are unbeaten in the league in 21 matches this season, a remarkable run that sees them sitting two points clear of bitter rivals Benfica with a game in hand over them and are aiming for their first win against the five-time European champions who have suffered two defeats in their last five in all competitions which also saw them crash out of the FA Cup to West Bromwich Albion.

FC Porto vs Liverpool head-to-head:

Played: 4 Porto Wins: 0 Drawn Games: 2 Liverpool Wins: 2 Porto Goals: 2 Liverpool Goals: 7

Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Arguably the greatest match-up in the knockout round of 16 pits the star-studded Parisian side against the most successful team in UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, for the second time in three seasons after the pair clashed in the group stages of the competition in 2015/16. Los Blancos have been far from their brilliant best in 2017/18 and find themselves a whopping 17 points behind Barcelona as their bid to defend their La Liga title has crumbled. They added a third FIFA Club World Cup to their trophy cabinet back in December but defeat at home to Leganes recently dumped them out of the Copa Del Ray. The Champions League now represents their last ray of hope of obtaining some serious silverware in a season that has fallen short of the standards expected from a Real Madrid side. PSG are the highest scorers in any of Europe’s top five leagues, averaging 3.04 goals per game better than the likes of Man City (2.93) and Barcelona (2.6) but have yet to net a goal against Madrid in four attempts.

Real Madrid vs PSG head-to-head:

(including friendlies) Played: 4 PSG Wins: 0 Drawn Matches: 1 Real Madrid Wins: 3 PSG Goals: 0 Real Madrid Goals: 3

Published: 02/14/2018