Paris Saint Germain face high flying Lyon at a pivotal stage of the season as they strive for another must-win victory that will keep them in with a chance of retaining their Ligue 1 crown.
It’s been a tough first season for Unai Emery in Paris. They return back to the Parc Des Princes this evening with more pressure being put on their shoulders from Monaco who, like they have been doing all season, claiming their three points already this weekend at Caen.
“We’ve sometimes had some difficult games… This game against OL must prove that out Champions League exit was an accident.”
Unai Emery, psg.fr
Lyon have been in extremely fine form since the turn of the month and, alongside Monaco, are one of the high-flying French sides who are carrying the Ligue 1 flag in the latter stages of their European competition. They dismantled Roma over two legs in midweek and put four past Toulouse in emphatic style last weekend.
Alexandre Lacazette as usual is finding the back of the net on a regular basis despite being overshadowed by the incredible goal scoring figures of Paris’ Edinson Cavani. Between them they have scored 49 league goals, astonishingly more than 16 of the teams in Ligue 1. So there is no doubt that the fierce battle of the strikers will continue at the Parc Des Princes later. Les Parisiens will also need to keep a good eye on January signing Memphis Depay who has been an instant hit in France, judging by the five goals he had already scored, including that wonder goal from the halfway line last weekend!
PSG have already overcome Lyon twice this season. Playing them off the park in really impressive fashion in the Trophee Des Champions victory at the start of the season and El Matador inspired them to an away at the hostile Parc OL; yet despite playing in front of their own supporters this time around, Lyon should pose a much sterner test to a PSG side who may not have fully recovered from what happened at the Camp Nou a fortnight ago.
PSG are still missing some key names against Lyon. Most notably Thomas Meunier and Grzegorz Krychowiak have both played important parts in recent weeks but are both missing from the squad. Angel Di Maria had returned to full fitness and should be able to start and hopefully replicate his outstanding performance last season against Lyon when he recorded three assists in their 5-1 victory.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Trapp, Aurier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa; Verratti, Rabiot, Matuidi; Di Maria, Cavani, Draxler
PSG 2-2 Lyon