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Paris Saint Germain v Monaco Preview & Tips: Parisians set to claim Ligue 1 title
Paris Saint Germain will lift the Ligue 1 trophy if they avoid defeat against Monaco on Sunday
Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
Paris Saint Germain had their four year stranglehold on Ligue 1 snapped by Monaco last season in an unlikely triumph. It’s been back to business as usual for the Parisians this season, who will take pleasure in lifting the title in front of their main rivals.
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The Parisians may have endured further disappointment in the Champions League after being knocked out by Real Madrid, but they are almost certain to win another domestic treble in France. Manager Unai Emery will certainly be sacked at the end of the season which reflects the priorities of the Qatar owned club.
The world record purchase of Neymar was a statement but he is injured alongside
Marco Verratti. Presnel Kimpembe and Thiago Motta are both suspended with doubts surrounding Dani Alves and Julian Draxler. Emery still has a team full or world class talent at his disposal including Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria.
PSG have been perfect at home this season winning all 16 games scoring 61 goals and conceding just ten. The Parisians were fortunate to escape from Saint-Etienne with a 1-1 draw last weekend courtesy of a Mathieu Debuchy own goal in injury time. Alphonse Areola saved a Remy Cabella penalty in the first half shortly before Kimpembe was sent off for the visitors.
The Red and Whites have done a fantastic job under Leonardo Jardim this season after selling another bunch of superstars in the summer. Bernardo Silva, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Kylian Mbappé all left the principality in big money moves, but Monaco recruited well and are well placed to finish second in Ligue 1.
Stevan Jovetic and Keita Balde have done well this season with Rony Lopes impressing after a loan spell at Lille, the 22-year-old Portuguese winger with 13 goals and six assists, 11 goals in his last 14 appearances. Radamel Falcao continues to score with regularity with 24 goals in all competitions.
Jardim has no significant injuries to contend with here, just Adama Traoré and Diego Benaglio missing for the Principality side. Monaco are undefeated in their last 17 Ligue 1 matches but a trip to Paris is undoubtedly their most difficult assignment of the season.
Paris Saint Germain have had Monaco’s number in recent times, winning the last five encounters including a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in November with goals to Edinson Cavani and Neymar before Joao Moutinho pulled one back for the hosts.
The Parisians defeated Monaco 3-0 in Bordeaux just two weeks ago to win the Coupe de la Ligue. Cavani and Di Maria scored early goals before Cavini bagged his second late on in a result that was never in doubt. Mbappe provided two assists as he continually tormented Monaco left-back Andrea Raggi.
- PSG have won their last 16 home matches, scoring at least 2 goals in each match (Ligue 1).
- PSG have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 8 home matches (Ligue 1).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in PSG's last 8 home games (Ligue 1).
- Monaco have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 12 matches (Ligue 1).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 11 of Monaco's last 12 games (Ligue 1).
- Monaco are undefeated in their last 17 matches (Ligue 1).
Injuries to Neymar and Marco Verratti weaken PSG to some extent, but the Parisians should still be able to record their 17th consecutive home win and lift the Ligue 1 trophy in style. They have beaten Monaco five times in a row, scoring 16 goals in the process.
Monaco have proved they are incredibly tough to beat and Jardim deserves a huge amount of credit, but their unbeaten run is likely to come to an end on Sunday.
Best Bet: Paris Saint Germain win & Both Teams to Score at 2.45
First Goalscorer Bet: Edinson Cavani at 3.50