PSG are coming after a difficult Champions League encounter against Chelsea (won 3-1). Although the score can be somewhat assuring the game was exhausting and the third goal came only in extra time.
Ibrahimovic’s injury is the perfect proof the game was like a battle field. He will sit out for the encounter with Reims.
There is no need to dissect PSG anymore as most of the bettors worldwide are already familiar with their strength and aspirations. Now the most important things before the game with Reims are the circumstances surrounding it: the games with Chelsea, the 13 points advantage at the top of Ligue1 and Ibrahimovic’s injury. Of course PSG is not a one man team nowadays, but truth being told they have valuable replacements for all positions in the field, except a decent replacement for Ibrahimovic, without having to convert any player.
The comfortable advantage at the top of Ligue1 plus the game with Chelsea can drastically demotivate PSG, even in front of own fans.
PSG will also miss central midfielder Verratti due to suspension.
Reims are almost in the same situation as PSG in Ligue1. They can’t really go anywhere up or down and determination can be an issue from now on. Of course against PSG they will be extra motivated, just like every other French club.
Reims’ strength lies in the 3 central midfielders that constitute the first line of defense. They are talented and reliable players who also initiate the offensive phase.
Reims will welcome back fullback Conte after suspension.
As expected the odds for PSG are very low, but if Reims will be up for some extra efforts they have enough potential to take advantage of the special circumstances and make a nice surprise. A live bet on this game could prove to be the best idea.
UPDATE: Fullback Van der Wiel will return for PSG after sitting out a coupel of rounds.
PSG: Sirigu, Douchez – Jallet, van der Wiel, Alex, Camara, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Digne, Maxwell – Cabaye, Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Pastore – Lucas, Lavezzi, Ménez, Ongenda, Cavani
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Weber, Mandi, M.Fofana, Turan, Tacalfred, Signorino – Krychowiak, Albaek, Oniangue, Devaux, Fortes, F.Ayité, Diego – De Préville, Courtet, Charbonnier