It's a very quick turnaround on Wednesday night in France's Ligue 1 as Monaco take on PSG in a rematch from Sunday's thrilling six-goal draw.
Stade Louis II, Fontvieille, Monaco
Key Stat: PSG have dominated Monaco of late, winning nine consecutive matches in all competitions before the draw on Sunday with the principality club.
Expert Verdict: PSG might be a very, very good side, but if anything has been proven this season it has been that they are not invulnerable. They can be 'gotten,' and that was displayed on Sunday when Monaco went to Paris and took a point off of them after aptly coming from behind to do so. It will not be easy here, but they hosts have a brilliant record at the Stade Louis II. It would not be the biggest of all shocks to see them win here, not at all.
Robert Moreno will be without winger Willem Geubbels and forwards Stevan Jovetic and Pietro Pellegri due to injuries.
One thing that Monaco has in spades is pace, especially when they have Keita Balde up front. The flying Senegal man can get from Point A to Point B in a hurry, and he’s coming off a game with an assist, against PSG, so that’ll make him a big threat here. That can also be said of Wissam Ben Yedder. They did go behind early, but he scored and assisted to give them a lead that didn’t last throughout but certainly let PSG know they were in a match.
Monaco have two draws, two wins, and a loss in their last five matches:
3-3 draw at PSG
2-1 home win vs Reims (Coupe de France)
5-1 home win vs Lille
0-3 home loss vs Lille (Coupe de la Ligue)
0-0 draw at Angers
Defenders:Henrichs, Glik, Maripan, Toure
Midfielders:Martins, Adrien Silva, Bakayoko, Golovin
Forwards:Ben Yedder, Balde
Thomas Tuchel is missing defender Abdou Diallo due to injury for this big rivalry match of sorts.
One man that didn’t let PSG down, and there would have been some that did, on Sunday was Neymar. The controversial Brazilian scored twice, once from the spot, to help them lead twice. Unfortunately, it did not hold in the end. In midfield, they will rely upon Italian international Marco Verratti. He assisted on the opening goal inside three minutes. They have not gotten a ton of production out of him this season, though, so they will hope that is the turn and a sign of things to come.
PSG have a draw and four wins in their last five matches:
3-3 home draw vs Monaco
6-1 home win vs St. Etienne (Coupe de la Ligue)
0-6 win at Linas-Montlhery (Coupe de France)
4-1 home win vs Amiens
1-4 win at Le Mans (Coupe de la Ligue)
Defenders:Meunier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Bernat
Midfielders:Verratti, Draxler, Gueye
Forwards:Cavani, Mbappe, Neymar
Through 55 matches, PSG have 20 wins, 16 draws, and 19 losses to PSG in a very close run thing.
Here's a look at the last five results:
Jan 12, 2020: PSG 3-3 Monaco
Nov 11, 2018: Monaco 0-4 PSG
Aug 4, 2018: PSG 4-0 Monaco (Super Cup)
Apr 15, 2018: PSG 7-1 Monaco
Mar 31, 2018: PSG 3-0 Monaco (Coupe de la Ligue)
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Monaco are at +600, a draw is at +375, and PSG are at -250.
Monaco will come into this match with some real momentum. They have not lost any of their last five matches in Ligue 1, taking three wins and two draws, and they have that result at PSG after coming from behind on Sunday to buoy them as well. Still yet, they sit in just eighth having toiled through their fair share of troubles, with 29 points. They are only four off Rennes’ pace for third, so that will be their goal they have their eyes on, especially if they maintain their trajectory.
PSG, meanwhile, will continue to be top despite their latest slip up on Sunday, which was their first draw in 19 matches. They are on 46 points, still five ahead of Marseille, and they have this match in hand, meaning they could run that up to eight at the end of the day here. So, to say they have the title within their grasp is very much the truth. Advancing in both Cups has put a bit of a strain on them, but they will be confident here nonetheless.
At home so far this season, Monaco have amassed an impressive 19 points at home. They have six wins and a draw, with five of those wins coming in a row now, giving them a ton of confidence that they can get another result off of the Parisians here. As for PSG, they have the Ligue’s best away record with seven wins and two losses. They have won four of their last five and have only given up seven goals on their travels, meaning this could be quite the tussle.
Betfair have both teams scoring at 1.4.
Ladbrokes have Monaco scoring over 1.5 goals at 6/4.
It might seem like a dumb move to take Monaco and to go against PSG, but the Paris side are just not as good as they appear to be. On the road to Monaco, they could be forced to come away with less than what they wanted.