There’s a lot at stake this afternoon as Paris Saint Germain hope to move above of Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 when they host Montpellier at the Parc Des Princes, a team that have already got the best of Emery’s men earlier in the season.
Its fair to say Unai Emery will be hoping for a more relaxed afternoon this weekend compared to midweek when PSG were seconds away from losing all hopes of a fifth straight Ligue 1 title. The win midweek drew PSG level with league leaders Monaco and three points at home to Montpellier will mean Paris will go top and put pressure on Les Rouge et Blanc when they travel to an ominous Parc OL on Sunday.
Blaise Matuidi saved Paris’ season in Metz late on and it’s unlikely to be any easier for Les Parisiens against Montpellier. The visitors to the Parc on Saturday inflicted Paris’ worst defeat of the season so far; a embarrassing 3-0 defeat away from home was the start of a disastrous December. However, with the likes of the in form Javier Pastore and “heart” that Emery claimed his side showed in Metz, revenge could be very sweet for PSG.
It’s been a difficult run of fixtures since the start of April but PSG have come through with flying colours and now they can look forward to a home clash with Montpellier which of course is another must win match before a clash with Nice next week with the motivation of going top of Ligue 1 at stake.
Hatem Ben Arfa, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Layvin Kurzawa and Adrien Rabiot are all missing from the squad with the latter two failing fitness tests and will be hugely missed for Paris. However, Maxwell showed he is a reliable replacement with two assists last time out and the hopefully the 32 year-old can perform to the same standards that he showed in Metz.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Trapp; Aurier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell; Motta, Verratti, Matuidi; Di Maria, Cavani, Pastore
Subs: Areola, Meunier, Kimpembe, Nkunku, Lo Celso, Guedes, Draxler
PSG 2-1 Montpellier