PSG were not that aggressive in the midweek Champions League game against Leverkusen (won 2-1). And how could they have been aggressive when they won 4-0 in Germany… They even afforded to rest central defender Alex and fullback Maxwell (both of them were only on the bench).
Against Leverkusen, PSG had to do without Matuidi, Verratti and Van der Wiel. Most likely all of them will also miss against St Etienne. Some may think that being without 2 regular central midfielders is definitely a major set back for any team. But it’s not the case for PSG as they have proper replacements for every single position (maybe except for Ibrahimovic).
After scoring last week in Ligue1, winger Lavezzi netted again against Leverkusen. He is in top form at the moment and can give headaches to any Ligue1 defense.
In-fact, wingers Lavezzi and Cavani will be the ones making the difference against St Etienne whose fullbacks, despite their reputation, aren’t that solid and lucid in interventions.
St Etienne made their usual game away at Lorient last round, but this time it didn’t worked out (lost 1-0). Their long range attempts were either successfully blocked by opponents or missed the target completely. Long distance shots play a big role in St Etienne’s strategy, as they are after corners, lucky rebounds, or scoring directly from distance. Whenever this strategy doesn’t work St Etienne fail to create any-kind of danger.
PSG have some of the best players in France with increased vision and power of anticipation. Long range shooting against PSG will be like rubbing a wooden leg…
This game shouldn’t be any different than most of PSG’s home Ligue1 games, fully dominated by the hosts and a comfortable advantage in the end. PSG -1.5 at 2.16
UPDATE: Matuidi and Verratti are back in the squad for PSG. St Etienne will welcome back fullback Clerc who was out injured.
PSG: Sirigu, Douchez – Alex, Digne, Marquinhos, Jallet, Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Z.Camara – Rabiot, Pastore, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Verratti, Cabaye – Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Lavezzi, Lucas, Ménez
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Perrin, Brison, K.Zouma, Bayal, Trémoulinas, Clerc – Cohade, Guilavogui, Lemoine, Clément, Corgnet – Tabanou, Hamouma, Erding, Brandao, Mollo