PSG had a surprisingly difficult game last round against Marseille (finished 2-2). They easily imposed the rhythm, but struggled to get inside opponents’ penalty box. In most games PSG have been very efficient, but last round they looked exactly like last season, when they were moving the ball in midfield without too many ideas. PSG also lost forward Neymar who got a red card in the final minutes.
Fullback Dani Alves missed the game and Meunier took his place in the lineup. Meunier had a disappointing performance, lost many balls and was a constant liability for PSG. The good news is that Dani Alves is back now and should start in the lineup.
It’s no secret that Nice are going through a difficult moment. Last round they were humiliated by newly promoted Strasbourg on home ground. They played in numerical superiority for more than an hour, but still lost the game and could only score from penalty (Strasbourg won 2-1).
It’s true that Nice missed 2 important players (midfielder Seri and striker Balotelli), but it’s not acceptable for a team with their ambitions to underperform in such a manner.
They are now sitting on 4 straight defeats (Europa league included), and form and confidence are at minimum levels.
Hosts will miss midfielder Mottan and forward Neymar, while Nice are still without important midfielder Seri.
PSG didn’t look very good last round and they will also be missing Neymar this week, but Nice are unrecognizable as of late, and most probably won’t be able to put up much of an opposition. PSG -2.5 at 2.23
PSG: Areola, Trapp – Silva, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Berchiche, Meunier, Alves – Rabiot, Verratti, Lo Celso, Pastore, Nkunku, Draxler, Lucas, Di Maria – Cavani, Mbappé
Nice: Cardinale, Benitez – Jallet, Souquet, Burner, Dante, Marlon, Le Marchand – Lees-Melou, Sneijder, Tameze, Walter, Mendy, Lusamba, Koziello – St-Maximin, Plea, Balotelli.