Paris Saint-Germain is going head to head with OGC Nice starting on 1 Dec 2021 at 20:00 UTC at Parc des Princes stadium, Paris city, France. The match is a part of the Ligue 1.
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Following the prestigious Ballon d’Or award ceremony on Monday, the Parisians will shift their attention back to football as Paris Saint-Germain lock horns with OGC Nice on Wednesday.
The hosts are heading into this game with a whopping 12-point lead at the top of the table, making them the undisputed favourites to regain the Ligue 1 title. But this midweek, they will primarily be looking for retribution as they take on a Nice team that is led by none other than Christophe Galtier.
The French tactician was the mastermind behind LOSC Lille’s incredible 2020/21 campaign that saw them deny PSG the league title. Galtier has attained a similar level of success at Nice this season but has lagged behind in the title race due to PSG’s phenomenal start to the domestic campaign.
Indeed, Les Parisiens have dropped only five points so far this season. Their last defeat actually came against the second-placed Rennes in early October, although Mauricio Pochettino’s men did recently lose to Manchester City in the Champions League, thereby surrendering the top spot in Group A.
Meanwhile, Nice are currently third in the league table, with 26 points on the board. They will have the opportunity to potentially overtake Rennes for the second spot should the visitors manage all three points against the mighty PSG. And here, at The Hard Tackle, we will run the rule over these two sides ahead of their crucial match-up in the Ligue 1 this midweek.
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Neymar endured a brutal injury in the last game against Saint-Etienne. He is set for a long spell on the sidelines, thus joining the likes of Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler, Georginio Wijnaldum and Marco Verratti in PSG’s list of absentees.
Sergio Ramos, though, did start for PSG last time out and remains a favourite to continue his central defensive partnership alongside Marquinhos. Mauricio Pochettino might make one little alteration in defence, with Nuno Mendes replacing Juan Bernat at left-back.
Mendes and the right-back Achraf Hakimi are set to provide the width going forward for PSG. Their presence out wide will allow the wide attackers in Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe to shift into central roles. It should ultimately help PSG form a free-flowing front three consisting of Lionel Messi, Di Maria and Mbappe.
However, it will be imperative for PSG to retain their dominance in central midfield if they are to get the better of Nice. And with the likes of Wijnaldum and Verratti not being fully match fit, the onus will be on Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera to form the midfield trifecta, with Leandro Paredes holding the fort in the number six slot.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Diallo, Bernat; Gueye, Pereira, Paredes; Di Maria, Messi, Mbappe
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Delort is the undisputed target man for Nice, while Gouiri will be given more positional freedom. He may even drift out wide to provide crosses into the box. The same can be said for the usual wide attackers in Calvin Stengs and Justin Kluivert.
As for the midfield department, Khephren Thuram and Mario Lemina should form the double-pivot. They will play a vital role in screening the backline and breaking up PSG’s play in the middle of the park.
The two may also receive additional support from one of the two marauding full-backs in Jordan Lotomba and Melvin Bard. Largely, though, they will be expected to retain their position alongside the central defensive duo of Dante and Jean-Clair Todibo. The ideal balance between youth and experience between the two central defenders could go a long way in helping Nice keep things quiet at the back.
NAME: Paris Saint-Germain – OGC Nice
DATE: 1 Dec 2021
TIME: 20:00 UTC
VENUE: Parc des Princes, Paris, France