Caen tried to impose the rhythm last round away at Rennes, they even held more possession and had more attempts on target, but the inefficiency in the finishing phase was the biggest problem.
Forward Santini scored twice in the first round but is invisible ever since, and creative midfielder Feret is now their most dangerous player. Unfortunately Feret is not exactly an attacking midfielder, and his only attempts on target are from long range.
Caen can be very solid in the defensive phase, but central midfielders aren’t always providing enough support, seeing that they are wasting energy in the attacking phase.
There are no reports of new injuries, so most probably Caen will use the same lineup as last round.
This is not such a good moment for PSG, as they picked up only 1 point in the last two Ligue1 rounds. Although they always clearly dominate in term of possession, the biggest problem for PSG is creating really dangerous scoring chances and converting them.
The poor offensive display is simply inexplicable, seeing they have extremely talented attacking players. It is understandable that newly arrived forwards Jese and Ben Arfa need some time to adapt, and that even Pastore needs time to get accustomed to his new role, seeing that he was mostly a bench warmer last season, but Cavani, Di Maria and Lucas played together last season as well, and playing relations should already exist.
Fullback Kurzawa missed the Champions League game against Arsenal (1-1 after a balanced game) and most probably will sit out again. Forward Ben Arfa was left outside the squad for the midweek Champions League game, and at the moment it is not clear if there is some-kind of conflict or simply Ben Arfa is out of form.
PSG shouldn’t be trusted until they solve their attacking issues and pick up some form. If someone is holding a gun to your head, forcing you to place a bet on this game, then go with Caen +1, otherwise stay away.
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back fullback Imorou and midfielder Diomande. PSG will miss fullbacks Aurier and Kurzawa because of injuries, while forward Ben Arfa was left outside the squad
Caen: Rémy Vercoutre, Matthieu Dreyer – Romain Genevois, Alaeddine Yahia, Damien Da Silva, Syam Ben Youssef, Emmanuel Imorou – Jordan Adéoti, Nicolas Seube, Ismaël Diomandé, Vincent Bessat, Steed Malbranque, Julien Féret – Yann Karamoh, Ivan Santini, Ronny Rodelin, Hervé Bazile, Pape Sané.
PSG: Areola, Trapp – Thiago Silva, Meunier, Maxwell, Marquinhos, Kimpembe – Di Maria, Krychowiak, Matuidi, Lucas, Pastore, Rabiot, Verratti, Thiago Motta – Jesé, Cavani, Augustin