A disappointing Ligue 1 campaign for Paris Saint Germain comes to an end this Saturday as they host Caen who still have a lot to play for at the foot of the table.
Many people may have thought this would be the game when PSG would celebrate their fifth consecutive league title when the fixture list was announced at the start of the season. Unfortunately that won’t the case for Les Parisiens who officially conceded their title to Monaco in midweek.
“Give our fans a great game”
Unai Emery, PSG.fr
The week, however, wasn’t all doom and gloom from a Paris perspective. Edinson Cavani won his first Ligue 1 player of the year award since joining the capital club. The Uruguayan had big shoes to fill when Ibrahimović left last summer but Cavani has more than stepped up to the task with his goal return and is looking for three this weekend to equal a Paris Saint Germain goal scoring record of 38 league goals in a single campaign. El Matador is also only one goal shy of the 50 goal mark in all competition and looks likely to break another record. I will also be hoping that Unai Emery gives rare starts to Giovani Lo Celso and Goncalo Guedes, the former has been superb in the recent weeks and has come agonisingly close to scoring his first Paris goal too.
Visitors Caen are only one point form safety at the bottom of the table and fighting of their lives going into the final clash of the season; in contrast Paris have little to play for as they prepare for their Coupe de France final with Angers next weekend. Making it even more likely that Emery will rest key players for the final game at the Parc des Princes this season.
It will be a big night for Maxwell who will play his final game at the Parc Des Princes for Paris Saint Germain. The Brazilian has been a key player and certainly a fan favourite in Paris which will make his farewell even more emotional this evening.
Paris may be weak defensively this weekend with injuries. Thiago Silva is out with injury and both full backs, Kurzawa and Meunier, are both out until next season. Marco Verratti is also not in the squad opening up chances for Nkunku and Lo Celso to start. Di Maria and Thiago Motta both come back into the squad after suspension.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Trapp; Aurier, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Maxwell; Rabiot, Matuidi, Lo Celso; Di Maria, Cavani, Draxler
PSG 4-2 Caen