PSG vs Strasbourg LIVE Football Score 29/04/2022
Paris Saint-Germain will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on RC Strasbourg at Stade de la Meinau on Friday. After securing the Ligue 1 title last weekend, Paris Saint-Germain will be keen on ending their campaign on a positive note by winning all of their remaining four matches of the season. They will start the journey on Friday night with a trip to Strasbourg. It is quite the dead-rubber affair for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who have nothing left to play for after securing the title while being knocked out of both the UEFA Champions League and the Coupe de France earlier this year.
For Strasbourg, though, it is a must-win encounter as the hosts look to maintain their push for the European places. Currently standing sixth in the Ligue 1 table, the club from Alsace have a chance to finish inside the top four and clinch a place in the UEFA Europa League next season, if they can maintain a winning run in May. With four games left before the season comes to a close, Strasbourg are trailing fourth-placed AS Monaco by just three points. So a win against PSG could go a long way in helping them maintain their push for the European places as we head towards the final phase of the campaign.
RC Strasbourg are set to miss out on the services of a host of players heading into this contest, including Dimitri Lienard, Jean-Eudes Aholou, Nordine Kandil, Abdul Majeed Waris and Ismael Doukoure, although Doukoure might be a possibility for this Friday encounter. Strasbourg coach Julien Stephan typically favours a three at the back setup with two wing-backs offering width out wide and two forwards pressuring the ball-carrying centre-backs. His side is expected to line up similarly against PSG, although the wing-backs might be handed a more defensive role due to the quality of the opposition.
Attack is by far the strongest asset for Strasbourg, with three of their centre forwards scoring a combined total of 32 league goals this term. Only two in Kevin Gameiro and Ludovic Ajorque could start against PSG, thus forming the first line of press.
In midfield, Jean-Ricner Bellegarde and Sanjin Prcic are two hard-working operators who will look to break up the opposition’s play and offer maximum coverage to their partnering midfielder in Adrien Thomasson.
There should be no changes from the back three or the pendulating back five that started against LOSC Lille, though it will be interesting to see if Stephan opts to offer more freedom to one of the wing-backs in an attempt to exploit the space left behind by the marauding PSG wing-backs.
Mauricio Pochettino had hinted at his desire to give young players the opportunity to perform following PSG’s triumph in the league. In any case, the PSG head coach is missing out on several key players due to injuries, including Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes and Abdou Diallo.
The likes of Xavi Simons, and Edouard Michut are some of the candidates to start against Strasbourg. But given the way the front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are performing at the moment, the Argentine could be compelled to make minimal changes in the attack.
In midfield, Idrissa Gueye is facing a suspension, which could pave the way for the young Dina Ebimbe to earn a rare start in midfield, alongside Marco Verratti.
Pochettino usually likes to incorporate three midfielders. But having shifted to a 3-4-3 setup lately, the PSG coach could favour only Ebimbe and Verratti in the middle of the park, with the two wing-backs in Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes completing the second line of press.
Defensively, the combination of Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe looked quite promising in their recent outing together. They are likely to continue serving the back three this Friday and protect Keylor Navas in between the sticks.
Strasbourg have punched above their weight in Ligue 1 this season, with a total of 56 points from 34 matches leaving them in sixth spot in the table, just one point behind fifth-placed Nice in the fight to qualify for the 2022-23 Europa League, while they are just three points behind fourth-placed Monaco.
Le Racing have finished 15th, 11th, 10th and 15th in France’s top flight since earning promotion back to this level, it would be some story if they managed to secure a European finish in Ligue 1.
Julien Stephan’s side will enter Friday’s contest off the back of a 1-0 defeat at Lille on Sunday, with Zeki Celik deciding the match in the 87th minute to snatch a valuable point away from the visitors.
Strasbourg have been excellent at home in France’s top flight this term, collecting 34 points from their 17 matches, with only PSG (47) and Rennes (37) boasting superior records at this stage.
The Blue and Whites have lost 16 of their last 23 matches against PSG, though, including each of the last four, with the reigning champions netting four times in their last three games versus their opponents here.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Lens with teammates on April 23, 2022© Reuters
PSG, meanwhile, won Ligue 1 on Saturday courtesy of their 1-1 draw against Lens, with the point moving them onto 78 points from their 34 league matches during the 2021-22 campaign.
The capital giants have now won eight of the last 10 Ligue 1 titles, only being denied by Monaco (2017) and Lille (2021) during that period of time, and they have secured the trophy a record-equalling 10th time.
Reclaiming the French title must be seen as a huge positive, but they have fallen short in their two domestic cup competitions this term and were eliminated by Real Madrid in the last-16 stage of the Champions League, which is the trophy that the club really wanted to win this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s future as head coach is far from secure, while there is currently friction between some of the supporters and the players, and it will be interesting to see what happens during this summer’s transfer window, especially as Kylian Mbappe’s future is still unclear.
PSG are not under any pressure heading into their final four matches of the season against Strasbourg, Troyes, Montpellier and Metz, but they will want to remain professional and finish the campaign with as many points as possible.