PSG VS Nice – LIVE Reddit Soccer 06/03/2022
First meets third in Saturday’s Ligue 1 showdown at the Allianz Riviera, as Nice play host to runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the evening. Les Aiglons head into this game having just reached the Coupe de France final, while PSG ran out 3-1 winners over Saint-Etienne last week. One month on from ending PSG’s title defence in the Coupe de France, Nice crushed Versailles’ dreams of a place in the final at the Stade de France with a thoroughly professional performance against their fourth-tier opponents on Tuesday evening.
Amine Gouiri opened the scoring for Les Aiglons before Kasper Dolberg also struck in a comfortable 2-0 semi-final win to send Nice into the showpiece event, and only Nantes now stand in their way of a slice of domestic glory. Christophe Galtier has overseen some magnificent changes to this Aiglons outfit since arriving from reigning champions Lille – none more so than their new-found defensive solidity – but they could not find a way past podium rivals Strasbourg in a goalless stalemate during their most recent Ligue 1 game.
However, Les Aiglons’ Champions League destiny remains in their own hands, as they enter the weekend sitting third in the table and three points clear of fourth-placed Rennes, but PSG are a whopping 16 points ahead of their upcoming opponents. Nice’s 2-0 Coupe de France win over Versailles marked a third clean sheet on the bounce for the high-flyers, and with three of their last four Ligue 1 matches at the Allianz Riviera ending in victory, PSG cannot expect to stroll to another comfortable success.
A resurgent Saint-Etienne side threatened an almighty shock at the Parc des Princes after Denis Bouanga gave Les Verts the lead over PSG, but the title favourites soon found their groove to steer further clear in the race for the Ligue 1 crown. Kylian Mbappe would equalise for Les Parisiens on the stroke of half time before Lionel Messi once again laid the ball on a plate for him to finish just after the restart, and the Frenchman soon turned provider for Danilo Pereira’s header in a 3-1 triumph.
Mbappe equalled Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 156-goal tally for PSG in that win and is now 44 adrift of all-time top scorer Edinson Cavani, but the Real Madrid-linked Frenchman will not have the chance to close the gap on the Uruguayan this week as he serves a suspension. While Mbappe and his 14 Ligue 1 goals will be a huge miss, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have opened up a 15-point gap to Marseille in second place, which could very well come in handy here seeing as Les Parisiens have won just one of their last five away games in the top flight.
Pochettino’s side have also failed to keep a clean sheet away from home in Ligue 1 since October, and the runaway leaders were held to a 0-0 draw by Galtier’s side at the Parc des Princes before their penalty shootout heartache in the Coupe de France.
Paris Saint-Germain are gearing up for an important week ahead as they take on OGC Nice on Saturday, which will be followed by a daunting second leg fixture against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
Given the essentially unassailable 15-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table, the upcoming game against Nice might seem insignificant. But having drawn goalless in the reverse fixture, followed by an early elimination from Coupe de France at the hands of the same opponent, Mauricio Pochettino and his troops will be desperate for retribution.
On the flip side, Nice are aiming for a second-place finish that would seal direct qualification to the Champions League next season. They are currently third in the league table, one point behind Marseille. A positive result against PSG could go a long way in improving their chances of overtaking OM, especially with Les Phoceens dropping points in back to back matches.
Nice started their month with a comprehensive win over Versailles in the Coupe de France semi-final. However, given their topsy-turvy form in February, Les Aiglons are heading into this game merely as underdogs, despite their positive record against PSG throughout the season. Here, at The Hard Tackle, we will run the rule over these two sets of teams as they lock horns at Allianz Riviera this weekend.
The stage is set for Ligue 1 battle of the week when Nice hosts PSG on Saturday 5th March 2022. Read our preview of this game in this post to find out how we expect these teams to line up for this important game as well as free predictions for Football Whispers readers. PSG hope they can get a win in this trip to Nice after failing to secure three points from two encounters this season. The first leg ended 0-0 and both teams met again in France Cup in a match that ended 0-0 in regular time. Our free predictions for this game are below.
Our first Nice vs PSG prediction is under 2.5 at full-time. A nail-bitting contest on the back of two consecutive barren draws means this game can end either way. However, we can also not rule out the possibility of another draw when these teams meet again for the third time this season. One of the strengths of Nice is a solid defence that has earned them three clean sheets in the last three fixtures. For PSG, the goal is to be more offensive as they have been, and even better when they make this trip to Nice on Sunday. The Parisians are undoubtedly the better team offensively and with their top talents in attacking positions, we expect them to open the scoring in this Ligue 1 duel.