Paris Saint Germain travel to third place Nice on Sunday evening knowing three points will only take them level with AS Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 after 3-1 victory against Toulouse despite falling behind early in the second half earlier this weekend. Due to recklessly failing to pick up favourable three points on the road this season, the title looks to be heading out of sight for Paris Saint Germain. In hindsight only picking up 4 out of a possible 12 points in December looks to have cost Emery the title in his first season, including 2-2 home draw to this weekend’s opponents Nice.
Paris have themselves to blame if they don’t go on to win this season – which is looking unlikely – and Nice have the chance to put an end to all title hopes. Nice themselves lead the title race at the winter break but have fallen off during the second half of the season and look to be Les Parisiens hardest test from now until the end of the season. They currently sit in third place and with guaranteed Champions League football next season it has been a successful season for Lucien Favre’s men.
“Approach each match like a final”
Thiago Motta, PSG.fr
Unai Emery, however, will hope to go one better than last time when they relied on Edinson Cavani to rescue a point at the Parc. El Matador – with 45 goals in all competitions – will be the danger man when PSG travel to Nice along with Angel Di Maria who has been in sublime form over the last month.
It’s simple for Paris Saint Germain now in the title race: they have to take maximum points from all their remaining games and hope Monaco slip up twice before the end of the season. It may be unlikely, but all Paris can do is get past their largest obstacle in Nice tonight.
Former Nice star Hatem Ben Arfa is left out of the squad for the clash. Layvin Kurzawa and Javier Pastore are the other two big absentees from the squad as they look to recover from their injuries. Julian Draxler will fill in for Pastore and look to add to his goal he scored in midweek against Monaco.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Trapp; Aurier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell; Motta, Verratti, Matuidi; Di Maria, Cavani, Draxler
Subs: Areola, Kimpembe, Meunier, Nkunku, Rabiot, Lucas, Guedes
Nice 1-2 PSG