PSG vs NIC Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
PSG host OGC Nice in Ligue 1 on Saturday aiming to improve on a run of just five wins in six games.
Paris Saint-Germain almost sleepwalked towards the defence of their Ligue 1 title. There was never even a doubt about PSG bottling up the league, such was their consistency and the gap at the top of the table. But their recent form is such that it may cost Thomas Tuchel his job in summer.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager was already feeling the heat after PSG’s shock exit from the Champions League, but the real disappointment came with the defeat in the final of the Coupe de France. It means PSG will end the season with just one title this season.
In fact, the Parisians have won just once in the last six games, losing four times in the last four matches. It’s a real worry for Tuchel as the squad seems to be falling apart, not playing as a team.
Against PSG are OGC Nice who are under a new manager themselves, and it’s fair to say that Patrick Viera has brought the club to a position where they can secure European football for the next season.
It may not be a perfect season for Nice but the points tally and position can’t deny the fact that Les Aiglons have made some progress this season. They should better both the points tally and the position of last season.
While in their most recent encounters, Nice have accumulated 11 points from the last six games.
The Ligue 1 match will be played between Paris Saint-Germain and OGC Nice at Parc des Princes, in Paris. The ground has a capacity of 47,929.
The game will start at 08:30 PM (IST), on Saturday, April 4.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Paris Saint-Germain – W L D D W L
OGC Nice – D W W D W W
OGC Nice vs OGC Nice Team News:
Injured – Tuchel confirmed in this pre-match conference that Thilo Kehrer, Layvin Kurzawa, Thomas Meunier and Thiago Silva are all out of this game due to their respective injuries.
Suspended – Kylian Mbappe was handed a three-game ban for the disciplinary reasons. In addition, Ligue 1 has also opened an investigation into Neymar after the former Barcelona star appeared to have punch a fan. Though, he is all clear to play in this game.
Missing the action will be Adrien Rabiot who has been frozen out of the team by the club.
Doubtful – Angel di Maria and Edinson Cavani are both carrying knocks and will be assessed before the match.
Note: Alphonse Areola could replace Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks after the former Juventus shot-stopper conceded three in midweek.
Probable XI: Buffon / Areola (GK), Dagba, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Bernat, Paredes, Verratti, Nkunku, Alves, Neymar, Choupo-Moting
Injured – Christopher Jallet, Myziane Maolida, Wylan Cyprien and Remi Walter are out injured for the visitors.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – None.
Note: Danilo and Ignatius Ganago are fit again with both of them coming off the bench against Guingamp last weekend.
Viera is unlikely to make changes to his playing XI after picking up an impressive win last time around.
That said, Ihsan Sacko was a shock starter in the last game and could make way for Bassem Srarfi and Ganago.
Probable XI: Benitez (GK), Burner, Herelle, Dante, Sarr, Makengo, Tameze, Lees-Melou, Atal, Saint-Maximin, Sacko
Potential Game Changers:
Neymar, Marco Verratti, Kimpembe
Youcef Atal, Adrien Tameze
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