Foot Predictions shows the Ligue 1 clash on Sunday between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, including hunches, news about the teams and possible lineups.
The second faces the fourth in a tantalizing clash between two Ligue 1 title rivals as Paris Saint-Germain to receive Monaco to the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.
The home team warmed up for this match with a 4-1 defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League, while Monaco just drew with Lorient last time.
No Neymar? No Angel Di Maria? No problem for PSG. The French champions were expected to fight in the absence of their two influential wingers, but Kylian Mbappe made Camp Nou his playground with an incredible hat-trick in Tuesday’s first leg triumph, while the fit team Moise Kean also took action.
With Lionel Messi often frustrated at night, many believe the torch was handed to Mbappe of the six-time Golden Ball winner – now aged 33 – although there is still the prospect of Mbappe and Messi coming together for PSG soon if their interest in the Argentina is bearing fruit this summer.
Debates about the best player in the world aside, Mbappe with 21 goals would love to continue his winning streak against his former employers this weekend, where a win would result Mauricio PochettinoThe men on the team extend their winning streak in all competitions to six matches.
Lille, Lyon and Monaco faltered in the Ligue 1 title race last weekend, and the title champions did not need a second invitation to take advantage of the trio’s slips as they marched to a 2-1 win over Nice – a result that propelled them to the second place in the table, one point below the leader Lille.
A surprise defeat for Lorient was the only spot on Pochettino’s scrapbook since the turn of the year, and unsurprisingly, PSG boasts the best home record in the French top flight – setting a league record of 34 and a low of six goals in his 13 trips to the Parc des Princes so far.
Wissam Ben Yedder he must be starting to lose count of all the times he saved Monaco from trouble, but Niko Kovac he will certainly be grateful to have the 30-year-old in his ranks, while saving his coach’s bacon against 17th-placed Lorient last weekend.
The Monegasques had won eight races in all competitions prior to Lorient’s visit, which showed exactly why he overcame PSG a few weeks earlier, as Ter MoffiThe double threatened a rare defeat for Monaco, but Ben Yedder’s 12th and 13th goals of the season meant that the team avoided the first defeat in 2021.
Kovac’s team looked unstoppable before Les Merlus claimed a share of the spoils last weekend, but their momentum suffered a significant blow before Sunday’s trip to the capital, and visitors will need Ben Yedder – second in the goal table behind Mbappe – to be at the top of your game if you want to avoid a beating.
Monaco will start the day five points below PSG in fourth place, and although there is no danger of being usurped by the teams below them, the failure to get the most points out of the trip to the Parc des Princes would be another big blow to their aspirations to the title, especially if Lyon and Lille also return to winning ways.
Kovac’s team won their last five away goals in the league, despite scoring eight goals in that series, although they must fondly remember the encounter with PSG earlier in the season, where they had a special participation in the second half. Cesc Fabregas saw the team come back 2-0 to beat the champions 3-2 on November 20.
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Paris Saint-Germain remain without Neymar and Di Maria, the first of whom should remain out for a few more weeks, but Kean is not in danger of being knocked down by the flanks.
The defensive trio of Colin Dagba, Timothee Pembele and Juan Bernat everyone remains marginalized, but none of them should push to start a place here.
In addition to the potential inclusion of Ander Herrera from the first whistle, Pochettino will understandably keep changes to a minimum.
Monaco coach Kovac is also expected to maintain the faith of the majority of the team in the tie with Lorient, but he hopes to have a rejuvenation Aleksandr Golovin back after the ace lost against Les Merlus with muscle discomfort.
Ruben Aguilar and Krepin Diatta will fight to play on the right side if Golovin is not at risk, although the latter was withdrawn at halftime last Sunday.
Fabregas’s introduction turned the game upside down in the reverse game, but the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder should not be considered to start here.
Possible starting lineup for Paris Saint-Germain:
Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Gueye, Paredes; Kean, Verratti, Mbappe; Icardi
Possible initial line-up for Monaco:
Lecomte; Sidibe, Maripan, Badiashile, Henrique; Golovin, Fofana, Tchouameni, Diop; Ben Yedder, Volland
Probability: Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 Monaco
We witnessed a clash not only between two of the most successful and fitest French teams, but also between two of the league’s most prolific strikers, Mbappe and Ben Yedder. There are many goals to be scored in this game and Monaco may feel optimistic about the chances of scoring more than one – despite the hosts’ remarkable defensive record – but a Mbappe-inspired PSG must have the firepower needed to avenge the defeat of November and trump cards appear here.
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