Match Preview: Paris face Toulouse with the chance to gain ground on Monaco

After the extraordinary victory over FC Barcelona on Tuesday, PSG still may be buzzing but now they face their first game since the magnificent game in midweek on Sunday evening when they go head to head with Toulouse.

It was a sublime display from everyone involved with the club in the Champions League victory in midweek, but Paris now need to turn their focus back to Ligue 1 where they have been given a wonderful opportunity to gain on leaders Monaco when they face Toulouse at the Parc Des Princes. Surprisingly, Monaco could only manage a draw away at Bastia on Friday night which leaves Paris with the chance to move to within a point of the league leaders.

Emery’s men have fine form and will be the favourites, as usual, going into the game with Toulouse but it wont be easy Les Parisiens. Toulouse are one of four teams so far this season to have beaten PSG when they overcame the French champions 2-0 at home in September. The visitors on Sunday also have won two of their last three games in Ligue 1 and sit in 9th position, a complete contrast to this time last year when they were fighting for survival.

However, a lot has changed since these two teams faced each other. PSG are unbeaten in 2017 and have won each of their last 5 games in all completion, including that extremely impressive 4-0 win over Barcelona last time out.

Nothing less than a win will be good enough for PSG with the chance to move up to one point behind Monaco at stake. A victory will mean gaining on Monaco and on top of the victory in the Champions League, it will certainly make this week a very memorable one indeed for Les Parisiens.

Team News

Angel Di Maria is unavailable for the clash with Toulouse because of a slight injury; Thiago Silva and Grzegorz Krychowiak are also still out injured. Other than that, everybody else is fit to play Toulouse and interestingly Javier Pastore, who has been out of a while, is included in the squad.

Predicted Starting XI

(4-3-3) Trapp; Meunier, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Maxwell; Motta, Rabiot, Matuidi; Draxler, Cavani, Lucas

Subs: Areola, Aurier, Kurzawa, Verratti, Nkunku, Pastore, Ben Arfa

Score Prediction

PSG 2-0 Toulouse

 

 

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