Excellent performance from Caen last week away at Rennes. Caen played in 10 for about an hour, but kept it tight at the back and also managed to create a couple of scoring opportunities on counters (finished 1-1).
Few would have expected Caen to sit 4th in table with 1 round until the winter break. This is a great achievement and they are certainly enjoying the moment and making the best of their skills.
The attacking trio Rodelin – Delort – Bessat can be considered Caen’s major strength, as they are capable to create dangerous chances against the run of play, when nobody expects it.
Central midfielder Feret also plays a major role for the attacking phase. He is a highly skilled and experienced player and his passes often make the difference.
In the defensive phase Caen are pretty compact and although they have conceded about 1 goal per round, Caen have one of the most solid defense in the tournament (the fifth).
Hosts will have to do without defenders Yahia and Imorou, both of the suspended.
PSG are surely on holiday by now, but the problem is they can actually be more dangerous when there is no pressure upon them.
Last round they simply trashed Lyon after a one sided game (won 5-1). In the midweek Cup game against St Etienne they used a mixed squad (Cavani, Di Maria, Motta, Matuidi and david Luiz were only on the bench), struggled a bit against an ultra defensive opponent, and found the winner only a couple of minutes before the final whistle.
We shouldn’t rule out the possibility for PSG to start again with a mixed squad, but even so, we are all aware of the value of PSG’s bench warmers, furthermore they may be extra motivated, so it won’t be a real advantage for opponents.
PSG usually dominate in all games and it shouldn’t be any different against Caen, regardless the upcoming vacation. The prices are properly set and there is no real value in this game.
UPDATE: PSG will have to do without forward Cavani and midfielder Stambouli
Caen: Rémy Vercoutre (g), Paul Reulet (g) – Dennis Appiah, Chaker Alhadhur, Damien Da Silva, Syam Ben Youssef, Alexandre Raineau – Nicolas Seube, Jordan Adéoti, Jean-Victor Makengo, Jonathan Delaplace, Jordan Nkololo, Julien Féret (cap) – Vincent Bessat, Ronny Rodelin, Andy Delort, Hervé Bazile, Saidi Ntibazonkiza.
PSG: Trapp, Sirigu – Aurier, David Luiz, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Van der Wiel – Verratti, Thiago Motta, Rabiot, Matuidi, Di Maria – Ongenda, Lucas, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic, Augustin