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Paris Saint-Germain will look to immediately bounce back from their shock defeat to Nantes when they host Saint-Etienne in Saturday’s Ligue 1 encounter. While Mauricio Pochettino’s side went down 3-1 to Les Canaris last week, their visitors managed to hold high-flying Strasbourg to a 2-2 draw. Very few have been able to stand in the way of the PSG juggernaut this season as Les Parisiens seek to reclaim their rightful top-flight title off Lille, but Nantes had other ideas when the capital side travelled to the Stade de la Beaujoire.
Randal Kolo Muani, Ludovic Blas and Quentin Merlin all breached PSG’s defence in the opening half to send shockwaves across the French footballing landscape, and while Neymar pulled one back just after the restart, PSG could not launch a comeback after the Brazilian’s dreadful attempt at a stop-start penalty failed to come off. Defeat to Les Canaris ended a four-game winning run and 15-game unbeaten streak for PSG in Ligue 1, but it may not matter too much in the grand scheme of things, as Pochettino’s side still boast a healthy 13-point lead over Marseille at the top of the rankings.
Failure to clinch the Ligue 1 crown now is simply unfathomable for PSG and Pochettino, who is rumoured to be contemplating an exit amid links with the Manchester United job, and a first-ever top-flight title on his CV would be an ideal way to bow out. Despite a couple of blips on the road, PSG continue to dominate domestically on home soil, winning 14 of their last 15 Ligue 1 fixtures at the Parc des Princes and keeping clean sheets in each of their last five, but Saint-Etienne are enjoying quite the resurgence.
Whatever new regimes Pascal Dupraz has introduced to the Saint-Etienne squad are starting to work a treat, as Les Verts have shot out of the relegation zone and managed to hold Champions League-chasing Strasbourg to a 2-2 draw in gameweek 25. A frantic first half saw Ryad Boudebouz put Saint-Etienne ahead before Habib Diallo and Lucas Perrin responded in quick succession for Strasbourg, but the hosts’ talisman Wahbi Khazri struck his ninth goal of the season not long after to ensure a share of the spoils.
A dampening Coupe de France exit to Bergerac did dampen the spirits somewhat, but Les Verts have taken 10 points from the last 12 on offer in Ligue 1 and now occupy 16th spot in the rankings, although they only boast a one-point lead over the four sides below them. Saint-Etienne’s relegation rivals will therefore be aware of this golden opportunity to drop Dupraz’s side below the dotted line again, but this week’s visitors to Paris have won their last two away from home and ought to have nothing to fear at the Parc des Princes amid their hot streak.
PSG eased to a 3-1 win on Saint-Etienne’s turf earlier this season, though, which marked their 24th game unbeaten against Les Verts in all competitions since a penalty shootout defeat in the 2012-13 Coupe de la Ligue, and the visitors cannot afford even a momentary lapse in concentration if they are to avoid making that 25 on Saturday.
After a shocking 3-1 defeat at the hands of Nantes, Paris Saint-Etienne will be under pressure to perform when they play hosts to Saint-Etienne on Saturday. Given that Les Parisiens have a practically unassailable 13-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table, it is hard to imagine them slipping up and once again missing out on the league title. However, a positive result this weekend could still be crucial as Mauricio Pochettino’s men aim to build winning momentum ahead of the two important games against OGC Nice and Real Madrid, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.
With just 22 points on the board, Saint-Etienne have been one of the most underwhelming teams in Ligue 1 this term. They are firmly involved in the relegation scrap, especially with Troyes and Lorient breathing down their necks. ASSE, though, have enjoyed a comeback of sorts in recent weeks. They are unbeaten in their last four encounters, winning three of them. It has pulled them out of the relegation scrap, and the Sainté Les Verts could rise further up the league table with a positive result against their esteemed opponent this weekend.
Saint-Etienne had succumbed to a 3-1 defeat when these two teams last met each other, but the game saw ASSE play with ten men throughout the second half, thanks to Timothee Kolodziejczak’s red card. The visitors will be hoping for more of an even contest this time around as they take on the French juggernaut at Parc des Princes on Saturday.
The Parisians will host Saint-Etienne for the second meeting of the season at Parc des Princes this weekend. We have the best predictions and tips for this Ligue 1 fixture. Read on for our detailed analysis and free picks for this game. PSG is at the top of Ligue 1 table with 59 points and 15 places clear of 16th placed Saint-Etienne. The visitors are struggling to break away from relegation threat even as they make this trip to Paris for an encounter with Ligue 1 giants, PSG. Here are our best free predictions for this match.
PSG should easily win this game and we expect them to do it right from the first-half. The Parisians won the reverse match 3-1 and have not lost to Etienne in the last to Saint-Etienne in the last 25 meetings across all competitions.The only worry for PSG is the lack of many clean sheets this season. Saint-Etienne is hot scoring form after finding the net at least twice in each of their last three games. Moreover, the visitors only failed to score against PSG in only one of the last five meetings.
The Parisians are in the race to reclaim their Ligue 1 crown from Lille. This fixture against Saint-Etienne could see them end the month of February with 62 points. They are currently 13 points clear of second-placed Marseille. PSG is currently the best on home record after bagging 11 victories and 1 draw from 12 home games so far in the current season. It means the Parisians are yet to lose a game on home soil, a form they hope to extend when they host Saint-Etienne in this 26th game of the season. Moreover, PSG boasts the best home defence after leaking only six goals and scoring 28 from 12 games.
Mauricio Pochettino has been boosted by the return of multiple star players in recent weeks, including Neymar. However, for this encounter, he will miss out on the services of Marco Verratti due to a suspension. He is joined by Sergio Ramos and Leandro Paredes in the club’s list of absentees for this home fixture.
Verratti’s absence could be quite significant given his technical prowess in the middle of the park. While one would expect Georginio Wijnaldum or Ander Herrera to replace him in midfield, it won’t be surprising to see Julian Draxler being given the nod. The German’s ability to move forward with the ball could help PSG in transition. Draxler, therefore, should form the three-man midfield setup for PSG, partnering with Danilo Pereira and Idrissa Gueye. Danilo could play a vital role in offering defensive cover for the backline, likely led by Marquinhos once again.
The Brazilian will demand more resistance from his teammates after conceding thrice against Nantes. But on a positive note, both Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes are likely to return to the side as the full-backs, which could significantly strengthen PSG’s defence, but, more importantly, add more thrust going forward.
Hakimi’s combination with Lionel Messi could potentially be lethal for the opposition. Mendes, too, will be hoping for a similar partnership with Neymar on the opposite flank, whereas Kylian Mbappe should be tasked with the responsibility of spearheading the PSG frontline. It will be interesting to see how the ‘MNM’ partnership fares this time around after struggling to break the shackles of the Nantes defence last weekend.