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Paris Saint Germain Vs Nice: Match Preview and Match Prediction

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Missing Players

Player Status Rating
Thiago Motta Out 7.19
Neymar Out 8.86
Dani Alves Doubtful 7.7
Thomas Meunier Doubtful 7.41
Player Reason Status
Wylan Cyprien Out N/A
Mickael Le Bihan Out N/A
Jean Michael Seri Out 7.29
Mario Balotelli Doubtful 7.37

Team News

Paris Saint Germain

  • Javier Pastore could be in line for a start here, although youngsters Giovani Lo Celso and Christopher Nkunku are also options for Emery in central midfield.
  • Julian Draxler will replace Neymar on the left after the latter was sent off against Marseille last weekend.
  • Thiago Motta has been playing through the pain with a knee injury and won’t be risked against Nice on Friday.
  • Thomas Meunier is suffering from muscular pains and a late decision will be made on his involvement here.

Nice

  • Wesley Sneijder could start here after impressing from the bench on Sunday.
  • Maxime Le Marchand is also pushing for a recall after a poor outing from Barcelona loanee Marlon last time out.
  • Jean Michael Seri faces a month on the sidelines, which should give Remi Walter the chance to impress against the Ligue 1 leaders on Friday.

Match Facts

PSG are undefeated in their last 28 home matches (Ligue 1).

PSG have been winning at both half time and full time in 6of their last 8 home matches (Ligue 1).

PSG have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Nice in all competitions.

PSG have scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 10 home matches (Ligue 1).

Nice have lost their last 3 matches (Ligue 1).

PSG have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches against Nice in all competitions.

PSG are undefeated in their last 8 home matches against Nice in all competitions.

Nice have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches (Ligue 1).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in PSG‘s last 3 games (Ligue 1).

Prediction

  • This fixture was one of Ligue 1’s showpiece events last season but it would be foolish to expect the pulsating football of 2016-17 given Nice’s struggles this season.
  • Unai Emery has a tough job here in terms of team selection in picking Neymar’s replacement, but the result should be a formality, even with the world’s most expensive player absent.