Monaco are hoping that their mini-revival helps get a positive outcome against league leaders PSG, who visit the Stade Louis II on the back of a draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League. Monaco have had a full week to prepare for this encounter unlike PSG.
It has been once again a dominant campaign from PSG when it comes to the French Ligue 1. An incredible 11 wins out of 14 games has helped Thomas Tuchel’s team open up an eight-point advantage. Marseille are unlikely to offer any major threat for PSG’s title hopes even with the team going on a sequence of four wins in five.
PSG have had a remarkable run against in all competitions going back to 2017. PSG’s last defeat against this opposition came in August 2016. Since then, they have gone on a sequence of wins that have only increased in margin as the years have progressed. PSG have come up with nine consecutive wins against Monaco in all competitions. Just in the last five meetings, the defending champions have scored 11 goals.
It is fair to expect Monaco to come up with a much more competitive game this time around. After the fiasco surrounding Thierry Henry and multiple managers, Monaco have been showing signs of returning to a consistent set up with Leonardo Jardim.
Monaco have been quite impressive at home and they have won the last five games at Stade Louis II in all competitions.
Monaco’s biggest absentee for the game would be Stevan Jovetic. The striker is suffering from the ligament injury that has kept him out of action for a while. Jardim will be without Willem Geubbels, Pietro Pellegri, and Diego Benaglio.
The return of Neymar is a remarkable boost for PSG. The Brazilian featured in the midweek match against Real Madrid. Tuchel, though, still has a long list of injuries with Ander Herrera, Eric Choupo-Moting, Layvin Kurzawa, and Loic Mbe Soh unavailable for action. In this instance, the only new player expected to make his way from the treatment table is Thilo Kehrer.
PSG are given a short price for a victory and it is understandable considering the superiority that they have shown against Monaco in recent years. There is not a lot of value in backing PSG to win this game. Yet, the same does not apply when it comes to goals market. For those opting for the over/under 3.5 goals, this match offers a lot of potential with PSG having a lot of attacking talent even with their treatment table being relatively full.
Strangely, PSG have not been all about goals this season. The defending champions have managed to score more than 3.5 goals in just four of the last 13 games. Crucially, PSG have been unable to hit more than 2.5 goals in any of their last five games. Even then, Monaco are missing some key players and there should be plenty of opportunities on the counter for PSG’s pacey forward line-up.