PSG vs Monaco: Match Preview
Match Preview of French League Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco.
Competition: Coupe de la Ligue final
Date: 1st April 2017
Time: 20:00 UK,21:00 CET
Venue : Parc Olympique Lyonnais
TV Info: BT Sport 3(UK), beIN Sports(US), Ten Sports & Ten Action (India & Indian Subcontinent), ESPN (Carribean)
Live Stream : BT Sport website, beIN Sports Connect
PSG and AS Monaco are going to lock horns with each other for the French League Cup 2016-17. PSG and Monaco are the top two teams in Ligue 1 with PSG trailing Monaco by 3 points. French League Cup final is gonna add another dimension to their ongoing fierce rivalry this season.
PSG’s last defeat in this competition came in the hands of Saint Etienne in November 2012 when they were beaten 5-3 on penalties. Since then PSG have won the competition in 3 consecutive years and now they are on a mission to make it 4 in a row. They have won the French League Cup for a record 6 times since its birth in 1994.
Monaco, on the other side, are in scintillating form this season. They have already scored 129 goals across all competitions. They are the highest scoring side in Europe’s top 5 leagues. Monaco are the leaders in Ligue 1 and reached the quarter-final of the Champions League, dumping out Manchester City in the round of 16. Their last success in the French League Cup came in 2003 and they will try to break their 14-year long waiting.
Injuries and Suspensions
Andrea Raggi(Injured), Guido Carrillo(Injured), Gabriel Boschilia(Injured), Radamel Falcao(Doubtful), Djibril Sidibe(Doubtful), Fabinho(Suspended)
PSG(4-3-3) – Trapp, Kurzawa, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Aurier, Matuidi, Motta, Verratti, Draxler, Di Maria, Cavani
Coach – Unai Emery(Spain)
Monaco(4-4-2) – Subasic, Mendy, Jemerson, Glik, Toure, Lemar, Bakayoko, Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Mbappe, Germain
Coach – Leonardo Jardim(Portugal)
Head to Head
PSG and Monaco have played out 7 draws in their last 11 meetings. They have already met each other twice in Ligue 1 this season. Monaco beat PSG 3-1 in August at the Stade Louis II while their latest meeting at the Parc de Princes in January ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
With two free-scoring sides up against each other, expect a goal fest at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Both PSG and Monaco are in great shape recently but Monaco, having reached the quarter-final of Champions League, are high in confidence. Although Falcao is doubtful, Monaco showed against Manchester City that they can get the job done in fashion without their talismanic striker. Also, considering they are undefeated against PSG this season, Monaco are favourites to win this one.