PSG vs Brest Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 16 Jan 2022
Paris Saint-Germain’s imperious run of form in Ligue 1 has come to a halt in recent weeks. The club from the capital have secured only one victory in their last five league matches, with the team often dropping points against top teams like OGC Nice, RC Lens and most recently, Olympique Lyonnais. Despite their uncertain run of form, however, PSG comfortably remain on top of the Ligue 1 standings, holding an 11-point lead over second-placed Nice. However, with both Nice and Marseille catching up fast, Les Parisiens simply cannot afford another mishap when they play hosts to Stade Brest on Saturday.
After narrowly avoiding the relegation playoffs spot last term, Brest are enjoying a relatively better season. With 25 points in the bag, they are currently standing 13th in the league table, nine points clear of the relegation-threatened Lorient. However, the club from Brittany has not enjoyed the greatest of starts to 2022 in the league, falling to a 3-0 defeat to Nice last weekend. They are winless in their previous three matches, and with a fixture list that will see them take on PSG and defending champions LOSC Lille in their next couple of games, resilience will be the keyword for Michel Der Zakarian.
Seeking an immediate return to winning ways, runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain prepare to welcome Brest to the Parc des Princes on Saturday night. Mauricio Pochettino’s men were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Lyon last time out, while the visitors slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to high-flying Nice. Without Brazilian wing king Neymar up to his old tricks on the flanks, it was up to Lyon’s Selecao stars to explode the encounter at the Groupama Stadium into life last week, as Bruno Guimaraes and Lucas Paqueta combined for the latter to fire home the opener after just seven minutes.
That 3-0 defeat was a harsh reality check for Les Pirates after they had seen off a youthful Bordeaux outfit 3-0 in the Coupe de France, and they travel to Paris down in 13th in the table, although they are safely nine points clear of the bottom three. Der Zakarian certainly endeared himself to the Pirates faithful with that memorable six-game winning streak in the autumn, and while Brest have subsequently taken just one point from their last three in the league, a five-game unbeaten run on the road will serve to increase the confidence that an upset could be on the cards.
As for Brest, Der Zakarian only has one AFCON absentee in the form of Haris Belkebla, while Romain Del Castillo and Sebastien Cibois remain sidelined due to groin and Achilles injuries respectively. Attacking duo Romain Faivre and Irvin Cardona also missed training on Tuesday for unknown reasons, but at this stage there is nothing to suggest that the duo will not make the cut here.
Peter Bosz’z under-performing crop seemed destined to secure a priceless three points against PSG – albeit one hit with multiple absentees – but Pochettino’s side restored parity through an unlikely source in out-of-favour defender Thilo Kehrer with 14 minutes remaining. PSG have certainly developed an affinity for stalemates in Ligue 1 in recent times – drawing four of their last five games in the top flight – but they still boast a healthy 11-point lead over Nice and Marseille in the rankings, although Les Olympiens do have a game in hand.
However, Les Pirates succumbed to a 2-4 defeat to PSG on home soil back in August, which marked their 10th consecutive defeat against the capital side in all competitions, and it has been nearly 37 years since Brest last came up trumps versus Les Parisiens. Lionel Messi was restricted to individual post-COVID recovery before the Lyon clash and is also out this one, but Gianluigi Donnarumma, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria, Layvin Kurzawa and Danilo Pereira should all be back.
On a more negative note, Neymar is still injured, and Abdou Diallo, Achraf Hakimi and Idrissa Gueye continue their Africa Cup of Nations duty. Kehrer has certainly put himself into contention for a start over Colin Dagba with his equaliser against Lyon, while Ander Herrera may drop out if Di Maria is fit enough to return on the right.
The 1-1 with Lyon marked PSG’s 11th game in a row without defeat in Ligue 1, although their run of draws over the festive period will not please Pochettino, who will certainly stress the message to his depleted crop that his first-ever league title is not in the bag just yet .However, Les Parisiens enter Saturday’s game having taken 25 points from 27 on offer at home this season – scoring at least two goals in all but one of their Parc des Princes encounters – and Brest have their work cut out to march to a famous result at the capital fortress.
Kasper Dolberg sure did provide quite the Danish delight at the Stade Francis Le Ble last Sunday, as the Nice man powered home the opener from outside the area before Brest sought to take advantage of Morgan Schneiderlin’s 20th-minute sending off. However, even a man advantage could not help Michel Der Zakarian’s side get one over the title outsiders, as Andy Delort slotted home to double Les Aiglons’ lead in the dying embers before Amine Gouiri’s stellar solo effort ended all Brest hopes of a comeback.