PSG vs Troyes – LIVE Reddit Soccer 08/05/2022
Paris Saint-Germain’s stroll to the finish line in Ligue 1 continues with Troyes’ visit to the Parc des Princes on Sunday evening. Les Parisiens were pegged back from 3-1 to draw 3-3 with Strasbourg last time out, while the visitors hit dethroned champions Lille for three without reply. The pressure would normally be off Paris Saint-Germain having already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title, but both players and Mauricio Pochettino may be fighting for their futures at the club in the final few weeks, with the trigger-happy board sure to take note of any underwhelming results between now and the end of the season.
Kylian Mbappe’s brace and assist for Achraf Hakimi propelled PSG into a 3-1 lead against European outsiders Strasbourg at the Stade de la Meinau last weekend, but Marco Verratti’s own goal preceded a stoppage-time volley from Anthony Caci to force a share of the spoils. Of course, the only question left is how many points PSG will accumulate before the curtain closes on the campaign, with the champions no longer able to break the 90-point barrier but seeking a perfect haul from their final three games against Troyes, Montpellier HSC and Metz to hit an impressive 88.
Back-to-back draws with Lens and Strasbourg have left Les Parisiens at risk of going three games without a win in Ligue 1 for the first time since April 2019, but Pochettino’s side have only dropped four points at home all season and had won eight in a row at the Parc des Princes before that title-clinching draw with Lens. Not since December have PSG been shut out on their own turf in Ligue 1, and with Mbappe seeking to become the first man to top the goalscoring and assist charts in the same season, that streak is showing no signs of ending anytime soon.
Back-to-back draws with Lens and Strasbourg have left Les Parisiens at risk of going three games without a win in Ligue 1 for the first time since April 2019, but Pochettino’s side have only dropped four points at home all season and had won eight in a row at the Parc des Princes before that title-clinching draw with Lens. Not since December have PSG been shut out on their own turf in Ligue 1, and with Mbappe seeking to become the first man to top the goalscoring and assist charts in the same season, that streak is showing no signs of ending anytime soon. Teaching the 2020-21 champions a footballing lesson is certainly the ideal warm-up to a clash with the reigning holders, as Lille had no answer to Troyes’ superiority in a 3-0 thumping for ESTAC in front of the home crowd at the Stade de l’Aube.
Teaching the 2020-21 champions a footballing lesson is certainly the ideal warm-up to a clash with the reigning holders, as Lille had no answer to Troyes’ superiority in a 3-0 thumping for ESTAC in front of the home crowd at the Stade de l’Aube.
Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side simply self-imploded last weekend, finishing the game with nine men and giving away three penalties – with Florian Tardieu converting two of them while Ike Ugbo netted another – and Lille duo Renato Sanches and Burak Yilmaz both saw red in a disastrous day for Les Dogues.
Having ended a four-game winning run in emphatic fashion, Troyes have very nearly staved off the threat of relegation to sit 15th in the table – five clear of Saint-Etienne in the relegation playoff spot – and they should not be in any danger of dropping into the bottom two now.
Facing former Ligue 2 foes Lens and Lorient in their final two matches of the season, Bruno Irles’s side head to the capital having won just one of their last seven Ligue 1 matches away from home – losing five of them – but they have only failed to find the back of the net in one of their last nine on the road.
Troyes held their own against PSG at the start of the season but ultimately slumped to a 2-1 defeat to the champions back in August, but Pochettino’s side ought to have their wits about them after the demolition job that their opponents served up against Lille on matchday 35.
PSG lynchpin Idrissa Gueye will return to the squad after serving a suspension in the clash with Strasbourg, while Neymar and Presnel Kimpembe will sit out the meeting with Montpellier but are available for this one.
Leandro Paredes, Julian Draxler and Mauro Icardi remain out of contention for the champions, but Abdou Diallo is back in training and could force his way into the squad – the same can be said for Colin Dagba if he shakes off a calf complaint. Lionel Messi will also need assessing due to rib pain.
Nuno Mendes will aim to displace Juan Bernat on the left flank for Sunday’s game, and Pochettino could opt to hand Keylor Navas one of his final starts for the club before an expected summer exit.
As for Troyes, their memorable victory over Lille did come at a cost, as defender Youssouf Kone was only on the pitch for 14 minutes with an adductor issue that has rendered him unavailable for Sunday’s game.
Issa Kabore also came off in the dying embers of that win but should be available here, while Yoann Salmier, Karim Azamoum, Abdu Conte, Adil Rami, Gauthier Gallon and Lebo Mothiba are all out of contention for ESTAC.
Barring the likely inclusion of Yasser Larouci to cover for the injured Kone, it should be as you were for Irles’s side after such an emphatic victory, with Jessy Moulin holding the fort in goal. Mama Balde is also back from a two-game ban to boost Troyes’ attacking options.
Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to get back to winning ways when they play hosts to Troyes at Parc des Princes on Sunday. Following a run of two draws, Paris Saint-Germain will be desperately looking to rekindle their winning form when they take on Troyes on Sunday. The game at Parc des Princes will serve as one of their remaining three matches before the season comes to a close.
PSG have already secured the title league thanks to a healthy 14-point lead over second-placed AS Monaco. But finishing the season on a strong note could be essential for Mauricio Pochettino, who is facing the prospect of being sacked at the end of the campaign.
The Argentine tactician has never really been able to get the best out of his team this season, which had resulted in early eliminations from the UEFA Champions League and Coupe de France. PSG have looked inconsistent in the league too, and they will once again be tested by Troyes this weekend.
Currently standing 14th in the league table, the newly-promoted side are well on their way to securing survival upon their return to the top flight. They have a healthy five-point lead over 18th placed Saint-Etienne and even a draw against PSG could go a long way in sealing their fate.
Troyes had lost to PSG 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in August, but the visitors are much more complete side and more than capable of pulling off an upset at Parc Des Princes. And here, at The Hard Tackle, we will run the rule over these two sides ahead of their crucial match-up in Ligue 1 this weekend.