Can PSG extend their unbeaten run this season to 8 games? Do Montpellier have any chance of stopping them?
This Saturday, Paris Saint-Germain welcome Montpellier to the Park du Princes for this Ligue 1 game. Following Marseille’s goalless draw with Angers, Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain side have now extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 7 points, with a 100% record that has seen them win all 7 of their games so far this season!
PSG are desperate to reclaim the Ligue 1 title from Lille this campaign and Pochettino will be looking for his side to build on their strong start with another 3 points at home. PSG, who have already scored 20 league goals so far this season, have a great record against Montpellier. They have won 6 and drawn 1 of their last 8 meetings against them, and they’ve scored a minimum of 2 goals on each occasion!
Forward Lionel Messi is unlikely to play in this game, as he continues to recover from bone bruising around the knee. Marco Icardi looks likely to start up front. He will join Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in a dangerous 3-man attack. All 3 forwards netted in the 4-0 home victory against Montpellier last season!
As for Montpellier, they are coming off the back of a 3-3 home draw to Bordeaux in their last game. They currently sit in 10th position in Ligue 1. Boss Olivier Dall’Oglio will be able to welcome back centre-back Matheus Thuler from suspension, following his red card against Troyes last weekend.
The 22-year-old Brazilian is likely to return to the starting XI, which will probably see Nicholas Cozza go to left-back, at the expense of Mihailo Ristić. Meanwhile, Téji Tedy Savanier could stay in the playmaker role behind central striker Valère Germain.
Even without superstar Lionel Messi, expect PSG to have too much for Montpellier. Our prediction is 3-0 to PSG.