Paris Saint-Germain vs. OGC Nice / Ligue 1 – Near the end of Sunday’s schedule we have a great match in the 17th round of French Ligue 1 between reigning champion PSG that currently occupies the third place in the standings and leading Nice, which has four points more before this match. What doesn’t come handy to the team from Cote de Azure is fact that in last eight head-to-head with the Parisians they suffered the same number of defeats, so now they have to give their maximum in order to put end to unpleasant tradition at the Princess Park in Paris. Begins: 11.12.2016 – 20:45 CET
On the other hand this is an ideal chance for reigning champions of Franc to close in on leading Nice to just one point, given they were unexpectedly defeated in previous round by Montpellier away 3-0. Before that match coach Emery’s players had a streak of five wins in the championship, while in the same period they won two matches in the Champions League over Basel and drew away with Arsenal, and were on good path to reach the round of 16 as the first positioned team in the Group A.
However, last week they blundered in the Champions League at home as they merely drew with Bulgarian Ludogorets 2-0, and ended up as second in the group, so now will wait for the round of 16 draw with more anxiety, which is scheduled for this Monday. Before that PSG will give it maximum to end the mini crisis with victory in great derby of Ligue 1 over leading Nice, which is why Emery announced that will send the strongest available team on the pitch, excluding injured midfielders Verratti, Rabiot and Pastore.
Probable lineups PSG: Areola – Aurier, Silva, Marquinhos, KUrzawa– Motta, Matuidi – di Maria, Ben Arfa, Lucas – Cavani
Unlike PSG, whom we’ll see on spring in the round of 16 of Champions League, Nice totally disappointed on European scene as it ended as the last in its Group I of Europa League, although they won Russian Krasnodar 2-1 at home last week. On the other hand, it is perhaps a good thing for them as now they can fully focus on the French championship, where they play very well and after 16 rounds are leaders in the standings, having three points more than Monaco and four than their next opponent and reigning champion of France, PSG.
Nice suffered just one defeat so far in the championship, which happened five rounds ago by Caen away, but they quickly recovered after that and out of next four matches they won three and drew one. In the last match played at home they won Toulouse by even 3-0, in which Balotelli didn’t take part, but against Krasnodar he showed that he has fully recovered and will probably play from the first minute against the Parisiens. Unlike him, due to injuries still out of action are goalkeeper Hassen, defenders Baysee and Lloris and forward Le Bihan.
Probable lineups OGC Nice: Cardinale – Pereira, Dante, Sarr, Dalbert – Cyprien, Walter, Seri – Belhanda – Balotelli, Plea
Paris Saint-Germain – OGC Nice PICK
Although only second-placed Monaco has scored more goals than they so far, we still believe that showdown between PSG and Nice will not offer an attractive and efficient match, given that the match is direct battle for the top of standings between teams that have the best defences in the league by far this season.
Pick: under 3.5 goals
Odds: 1.65 at mybet (down to 1.60 can be played)