Ligue 1 – Match-day 18 Sees Paris Saint-Germain take on AS Mónaco

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Monaco take the challenge to League Leaders PSG – Sunday action from the Parc des Princes at 8:45pm GMT.

Leaders PSG are currently six places higher than their rivals Monaco, when the two sides meet, they will sit in first and seventh positions respectively.

Winning the Ligue 1 and securing a Champion’s League qualification is Paris Saint-Germain’s focus

PSG will no doubt see this game as an opportunity to bring some consistency of form into their season, following a draw away to RC Lens, as well at Nice.

Also, League leaders PSG keep finding ways to win, having secured 13 victories in their last 17 matches is astonishing this season, worthy of Champion’s League qualification. With 13 wins, 1 losses and 3 draws for a total of 42 points so far this season, they have secured the top spot in the Ligue 1 having won 13 meetings, drawn three fixtures, and lost one game.

PSG have won seven matches and drawn one game of their eight League matches at home this season.

The ultimate prize this season will be for Paris Saint-Germain to finish top of the Ligue 1 and secure automatic qualification for the Champion’s League. However, they must play each game as it comes and secure the points, if that is to be achieved.

Good atacking and defensive team

PSG have conceded 16 goals so far, so their defence can be considered to be strong. PSG will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (36). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Kylian Mbappe (8), Achraf Hakimi (3), and Marquinhos (3).

PSG are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Mauricio Pochettino is concerned that Sunday’s fixture could see him without five of his key players.

AS Mónaco arrive at this meeting, having secured 26 points so far this season

Can Monaco make it three out of three, having turned over FC Metz 4-0 and Angers SCO 1-3 in their last two games?

Also, another fixture and another win for Monaco, winning is becoming habitual for them and this is the mark of a team. They currently stand seventh in the League, with 26 points for a total of 7 wins, 5 losses and 5 draws having won seven meetings, drawn five fixtures, and lost five matches.

Monaco’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to PSG. In the 8 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won three fixtures, drawn two meetings, and lost three games.

Victory for AS Mónaco would take their points tally to 29 so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

This has been a good season so far for Monaco, in terms of goals scored (27). Their stand out attacking players have been Wissam Ben Yedder (9), Sofiane Diop (5), and Kevin Volland (4). Monaco have conceded 20 goals.

Going into Sunday’s game, Niko Kovac without four of his players, due to illness or injury.

Paris Saint-Germain v AS Mónaco – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels these two clubs have already met each other 61 times with the result being 22 victories and 18 draws for PSG. Additionally, Monaco are unbeaten in their eleven of the last 19 matches played against PSG.

PSG to win – probability = 67.11 percent.

Performance Report

For PSG, Kylian Mbappe is a top performing player who has scored
eight goals in 17 League games this season, while Wissam Ben Yedder contributed with
nine goals in 17 League fixtures so far for Monaco.

Other players of note for PSG are Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi with eight goals both and for Monaco are Sofiane Diop and Kevin Volland with five goals and four goals respectively.

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