Last round PSG recorded their second most convincing win of the season (destroyed Rennes 4-0).
Forward Cavani suffered a minor injury and was substituted at half time, but PSG continued to impress even without him. Cavani is by far their most important player, with 11 goals in 11 games, and it’s a good thing PSG learned to deal with his absence.
It was encouraging to see forward Ben Arfa playing for about half an hour. His performances were disappointing in the first rounds, and lately he couldn’t make the team anymore. Last round Ben Arfa was extremely active, and even managed to deliver an assist. He has yet to score for PSG, but it’s only a matter of time if he keeps the same rhythm.
Hosts will miss fullback Kurzawa and midfielder Rabiot, but welcome back attacking midfielder Pastore.
Nantes were really lucky to win a point last round against Toulouse (finished 1-1). They managed to score the equalizer in extra time, after a game in which they held more possession, but failed to create scoring opportunities.
The problem with Nantes is that they aren’t consistent throughout 90 minutes, and when they reduce efforts they are extremely vulnerable. This playing style affects mostly the defense, as they suddenly find themselves cornered, and can’t cope with the pressure.
Guests will have to do without 3 starters: fullback Kwateng, winger Harit and forward Sala, all of them suspended.
This will be a one way encounter, no doubts about that. PSG can easily find the net a couple of times, especially if Nantes will once again reduce rhythm out of the blue. PSG -1.75 at 1.91
PSG : Trapp, Descamps – Aurier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Meunier, Kimpembe – Krychowiak, Verratti, Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Pastore – Di Maria, Lucas, Cavani, Ben Arfa, Jesé, Augustin
Nantes : Ré.Riou, Dupé – Dubois, Vizcarrondo, Diego Carlos, Lima, Walongwa – Djidji, Gillet, Thomasson, Ab.Touré, Kacaniklic, Thomsen, Alégué – Bammou, Moimbé, Stepinski, Aristeguieta