AS Monaco vs Paris Saint-Germain: Preview and Predictions
Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain will face each other on Sunday for the most-anticipated game in the French League 1 this weekend.
Monaco will hope to build on a recent run of decent form at home when they welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Stade Louis II stadium on Sunday.
Leonardo Jardim’s side have won three home games in a row in all competitions, but will nevertheless feel like rank underdogs against a PSG side currently eight points clear at the top of the table.
The Parisians are on top of the standings with 33 points, while Monaco are down at the 14th place with 18 points. Despite a pair of shock home defeats, Thomas Tuchel’s side find miles ahead of other teams in the league.
As they prepare to face Monaco, the biggest challenge for PSG for the remainder of the season revolves around maintaining a certain level of application and intensity until May.
The main problem for PSG every season is not winning the league but rather losing a competitive edge as they near an inevitable title, which serves to undermine performances when they enter the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Monaco will be without striker Stevan Jovetic due to a ligament injury. Diego Benaglio, Pietro Pellegri and Willem Geubbels are all also definitely out of Sunday’s meeting with the Ligue 1 champions.
Islam Slimani is suspended for this fixture after picking up a red card during Monaco’s 2-1 defeat to Bordeaux last weekend.
PSG are still without long-term absentees Ander Herrera, Layvin Kurzawa, Eric Choupo-Moting and Loic Mbe Soh. But will be boosted by the return of Neymar, who played against Real Madrid during the week
Full-back Thilo Kehrer could return to the fold having returned to training earlier this month.
Monaco possible starting lineup:
Lecomte; Jemerson, Maripan, Poundje, Aguilar, Dias; Golovin, Fabregas, Bakayoko; Augustin, Ben Yedder
PSG possible starting lineup:
Navas; Dagba, Diallo, Kimpembe, Bernat; Marquinhos, Gueye, Draxler; Di Maria, Mbappe, Neymar
Monaco have won their last 4 home matches
PSG have lost just one of their last 5 away matches
Cs: Monaco 1 vs PSG 2