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Prediction: PSG vs Monaco

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Ligue 1 11 Dec 2021

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Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what is a real battle between two French giants this weekend, PSG will welcome Monaco to the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.

PSG

Starting with the hosts, signing off their Champions League group stage run with a thumping 4-1 win against Club Brugge on home soil, there is no doubt that PSG will be desperate to build off of that result. While the French heavyweights might be almost cruising their way towards this season’s Ligue 1 crown, Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino has seen his side endure a minor domestic wobble. Putting in what was a largely flat display away at Lens as the former champions played out a 1-1 draw, Les Parisiens have now had to settle for back-to-back top-flight stalemates. Nevertheless, opening up this weekend’s fixtures holding a commanding 11-point buffer over the chasing pack, PSG will still be boosted by their eye-catching run of form in the French capital. Unbeaten at the Parc des Princes since opening the 2021/22 campaign, it’s also worth highlighting that Sunday’s hosts have won 10 of those 11 home fixtures.

Team News

Still dealing with injury issues, PSG will be without the trio of Neymar, Sergio Ramos, and Julian Draxler this weekend.

However, Sunday’s hosts look set to welcome back both Mauro Icardi and Ander Herrera who have recovered from their knocks.

Monaco

As for the visitors, while Monaco might have had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Sturm Graz earlier in the week, that will not dampen the mood in their camp. Managing to cruise their way to the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League with time to spare, the Monégasques now have their sights firmly set on trying to find some stability. Opening this weekend’s trip to the capital still in an uphill battle to clinch another top-four finish this season, Head Coach Niko Kovač does at least find his side enjoying an eight-match unbeaten run across all formats. Last seen on Ligue 1 duties claiming a thumping 4-0 win against Metz on home soil, the former Bayern Munich boss has seen his men collect back-to-back top-flight wins for the first time since the start of October. Suffering a 2-0 defeat when they last faced off against PSG in the Coupe de France final on May 19th, Monaco will know that they face a tough test here.

Team News

Monaco have confirmed that the duo of Cesc Fabregas and Krepin Diatta will once again miss out on Sunday’s trip to the Parc des Princes.

Likewise, Kevin Volland is currently serving a suspension and will not make the trip this weekend.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off in the Coupe de France final on May 19th, PSG picked up a 2-0 victory.
    • However, Monaco did collect back-to-back Ligue 1 victories against PSG last season.
    • Each of the last four Ligue 1 meetings between Sunday’s opponents have finished with both teams finding the net.
    • PSG are unbeaten in each of their 11 home fixtures since opening the 2021/22 campaign, recording 10 wins.
    • However, Les Parisiens have played out back-to-back stalemates against Lens and Nice.

    Conclusion

    On paper, neutrals from across Europe will be hoping for what could be another lively affair in the French capital on Sunday night. With PSG managing to land a thumping 4-1 win against Club Brugge earlier in the week, Pochettino’s men will now be seeking a Ligue 1 boost here. While they might still be holding a commanding 11-point buffer at the top of the table, Les Parisiens have had to settle for back-to-back stalemates against Lens and Nice. With Monaco storming their way to a 4-0 romp against Metz last weekend, it appears that Sunday’s guests have really started to find their feet. Securing shock back-to-back Ligue 1 victories against PSG last season, don’t be surprised to see an action-packed meeting at the Parc des Princes.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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