The defending French champions, Paris Saint Germain will be taking a trip to La Beaujoire as they squared off against Nantes in hope of continuing their positive run in Ligue 1. PSG sits comfortably on top of the league with 55 points and is on the back of three consecutive wins. The most recent result was a 5-0 beating to Montpellier at home. Nantes on the other end has been struggling lately as they’ve lost three out of their last five games. Christian Gourcuff’s side is fresh from consecutive defats versus Bordeaux and Rennes, which is why they occupy the 9th spot with 32 points.
Date- Wednesday, February 5
Kick-Off- 1:35 AM (IST)
Venue- La Beaujoire
Mehdi Abeid will be in contention of making it back to the starting eleven after coming off the bench in the previous game. Imran Louza is expected to feature in the advanced role as a result of it. Andrei Girotto’s will be returning from suspension and could be seen partnering with Molla Wague in central defence. Fabio, Marcus Coco, Nicolas Pallois and Kalifa Coulibaly will be missing out the upcoming fixture due to injury.
Head-coach Thomas Tuchel and Kylian Mbappe had a verbal spat over the weekend after being subbed off in the 5-0 win over Montpellier. Having said that, Edison Cavani could be given a start this time around. The big bowl for the defending French champions is that Neymar jr. will be missing out the upcoming fixture due to a rib injury. Mauro Icardo came off the bench in the last game but should be starting uptop for the away side. Thiago Silva, Juan Bernat, Colin Dagba are out injured, while Marquinhos remains in doubt to start.
NAN (Expected Playing 11)- Lafont; Moutasoussamy, Girotto, Wague, Appiah; Toure, Abeid; Simon, Blas, Louza; Emond
PSG (Expected Playing 11)- Navas; Kehrer, Kimpembe, Diallo, Kurzawa; Sarabia, Verratti, Paredes, Draxler; Icardi, Cavani
Ludovic Blas has five goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 81.2% from 1408 minutes for Nantes in the league this season.
Mauro Icardi has been one of the standouts for PSG and has nine goals as well as two assists with a pass accuracy of 86.3% from 991 minutes in Ligue 1 this season.
Moses Simon has three goals, five assists and a pass accuracy of 78.5% from 20 appearances for Nantes in the league this season.
Pablo Sarabia has been pivotal in the midfield role from PSG‘s end. The 27-year-old has three goals, three assists and a pass accuracy of 83.2% from 952 minutes in Ligue 1 this season.
Paris Saint-Germain has won 18 of its last 19 games against Nantes in all competitions.
PSG are the clear cut favourites heading into the game.
Goalkeeper- A Lafont
Defenders- T Kehrer, A Diallo, P Kimpembe, L Kurzawa
Midfielders-P Sarabia (VC), L Blas, M Abeid, A Toure
Forwards- M Icardi (C), E Cavani
Goalkeeper- A Lafont
Defenders- A Girotto, A Diallo, P Kimpembe, L Kurzawa
Midfielders- J Draxler, L Blas, A Toure
Forwards- M Icardi (C), E Cavani, M Simon (VC)
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