Match Preview: A trip to Montpellier in store Paris

This afternoon Paris travel to Montpellier in order to continue their unbeaten streak in Ligue 1.

Going into the game, Paris are full of confidence after beating Lyon last weekend and Angers 2-0 in midweek.  Edinson Cavani has stolen the headlines this month, and all season, with 14 goals in Ligue 1 all ready and he reached the exceptional milestone of 100 goals for Paris Saint Germain. Montpellier will have a hard job on their hands if they wish to stop Cavani, and they have an extra problem with Angel Di Maria likely to return from a injury that has prevented him from playing for the previous 2 weeks.

Di Maria likely to return to the Starting XI

Montpellier do pose a decent threat themselves this season, scoring 20 goals which is more than any other of the bottom five teams in the league. However, its their defence which has haulted them from going any considerable ground on the teams in the top half. They’ve conceded 28 goals in 15 games, which is the third worse record in the league after Metz and Caen.

PSG haven’t got an incredibly impressive record against Montpellier. Although they have won most in recent years, the league champions of 2012 have always put up a good fight and made it hard for every Paris team that has had to travel to them. Last season, the unstoppable PSG team could only scrape a 1-0 victory and failed to score in a 0-0 win at the Parc. So, although PSG are flying high and Montpellier are conceding a lot of goals, it is unlikely to be as one sided as many first thought.

Team News

As stated earlier, the Argentine maestro Angel Di Maria has recovered and is likely to be named in the in the Starting XI. However, after being left out on Wednesday night, Verratti is out of the squad and receiving treatment from an injury he picked up. Rabiot and Pastore are also left out through injury. Layvin Kurzawa is also back in the squad for the Montpellier clash.

Predicted XI

(4-2-3-1) Areola; Aurier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kurzawa; Matuidi, Motta; Jesé, Lucas, Di Maria; Cavani

Subs: Trapp, Maxwell, Kimpembe, Meunier, Krychowiak, Ben Arfa, Augustin

Score Prediction

Montpellier 0-3 PSG


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