Paris St Germain
20:00 GMT 26 November 2017
The 2017/18 Ligue 1 season is well and truly underway and matchweek 14 sees France’s two biggest teams go head-to-head. Star-studded PSG make the trip to big-spending Monaco as the top two sides face off. It’s the visitors who currently lead the way in 1st after dropping just four points from their 13 matches while the hosts aren’t far behind in 2nd with a six-point gap between them and the league leaders.
In the last few years, the league meetings between these two financial heavyweights have been relatively equal but Monaco take the slight edge. In terms of league fixtures, Monaco have won two of the last four while PSG have won just one. However, the last three games in other competitions have seen three PSG wins, two of which by more than 2.5 goals. The last league meeting ended 1-1 as a Cavani penalty was cancelled out by a 92nd-minute Bernardo Silva equaliser.
A win for Monaco would close the gap to just three points and would put them in a great position but a loss would see them slip nine points behind PSG. They have a couple of first-team injury worries as Thomas Lemar and Djibril Sidibe will both miss the top of the table clash.
Latest matches: AS Monaco
|21.11.2017||UEFA||AS Monaco||RB Leipzig||1:4||L|
|17.11.2017||Ligu||SC Amiens||AS Monaco||1:1||D|
|04.11.2017||Ligu||AS Monaco||EA Guingamp||6:0||W|
|01.11.2017||UEFA||Besiktas JK||AS Monaco||1:1||D|
|28.10.2017||Ligu||FC Girondins Bordeaux||AS Monaco||0:2||W|
Three points for PSG would give them plenty of breathing space but a loss could start a disastrous run, as per what happened last season. They go into the match almost injury-free with Thiago Motta the only absence, a player who rarely features nowadays anyway.
Latest matches: Paris St Germain
|22.11.2017||UEFA||Paris St Germain||Celtic FC||7:1||W|
|18.11.2017||Ligu||Paris St Germain||FC Nantes||4:1||W|
|04.11.2017||Ligu||SCO Angers||Paris St Germain||0:5||W|
|31.10.2017||UEFA||Paris St Germain||RSC Anderlecht||5:0||W|
|27.10.2017||Ligu||Paris St Germain||OGC Nice||3:0||W|
There won’t be any harder to predict games across Europe this weekend than this one as it could easily go either way. PSG have the stronger side and better form which makes them very slight favourites but Monaco have home advantage and a very decent track record against the Parisians. I would expect both teams to start with a safe approach but one early goal could see the floodgates open as both sides love to get forward at every opportunity. It should be a cracker.
26 November 2017 - 20:00 GMT
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