PSG had a difficult game last week away at Montpellier and although they won 2-1 PSG were often under pressure and defenders had a hard time trying to protect the penalty box.
If they struggled a bit in the defensive phase upfront everything went off smoothly (like always) even if they were without Ibrahimovic. Now Ibrahimovic will return, alongside Motta and Verratti (were suspended last round), and PSG will once again be at full strength.
This is not the last game of the season for PSG as the Cup final against Auxerre will follow next week. Still, a game against Reims is the perfect opportunity to please the fans that were often unsatisfied with performances on home ground (even booed the players in a couple of games).
It was a miracle to see Reims keep a clean sheet last round (won 1-0 over Rennes). They had a somewhat cautious approach seeing they were still threatened by relegation.
Reims have the leakiest defense in Ligue1 and seeing the importance of the game offensive players hesitated when leaving their own half. Things should go back to normal this round since Reims don’t have any reasons to play it safe.
Upfront Reims can be really dangerous, especially down the flanks, even against a top side like PSG. Hosts’ fullbacks Aurier and Maxwell should expect a difficult encounter as they will be forced to make more efforts than usual.
This will definitely be an entertaining encounter with PSG’s forwards having a training session with Reims’ defenders. On the other hand we shouldn’t rule out Reims to score since they can inflict real damage down the wings. Over 3.75 goals at 2.01
UPDATE: Look like striker Ibrahimovic will once again miss. Same bet
PSG: Sirigu, Douchez – Van der Wiel, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Marquinhos, Digne, David Luiz, Z.Camara, Aurier – Cabaye, Lucas, Matuidi, Pastore, Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Verratti – Cavani, Lavezzi
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Conté, M.Fofana, Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred – Albaek, Bourillon, Peuget, Fortes, Mfulu, Oniangué, Diego – Ngog, Charbonnier, Kyei, Moukandjo