Both teams seem to be in good form since the beginning of 2017 having won all their three games so far. Unai Emery’s men now host Ligue 1 leaders Monaco FC at Parc des Princes on Sunday night in what could be their toughest test of the Ligue 1 season. Being 3 points behind the in-form visitors, a win is simply a must for the Parisiennes. PSG haven’t lost a game at home this season and will hope to keep the record clean against Leonardo Jardim’s men on Sunday. They will once again bank heavily on their star striker Edison Cavani to deliver. The Uruguayan, with the help of a brace in his club’s 0-2 win over Nantes last weekend took his season’s tally to 20 and is by far the French league’s top scorer this season. The hosts will seriously miss the services of the creative and attacking Argentine midfielder, Javier Pastore, out with a ruptured knee till February-mid at least.Even though PSG have gone without conceding a goal in their last five outings they will have to up their ante as far as getting goals is concerned. Cavani alone has accounted for 45 per cent of PSG’s 43 Ligue goals so far with hardly any contributions from anyone else.The second-highest scorer, Lucas Moura has only 6 to his name. Contrast this to Monaco’s to 64 goals scored. While their top scorer, Radamel Falcao, may have just half the number of goals as Cavani’s, just about everyone has contributed to their scoring count – Guido Carrillo (7), Valere Germain (7), Thomas Lemar (7), Gabriel Boschilia (6), Fabinho (5), Bernardo Silva (4) and so on. The Monaco defence of Sidibe, Glik and Mendy will have to do better, though, if they are to fend off Cavani & co. The 21 goals conceded are much higher than PSG’s 15, but Jardim’s boys have managed to find the back of net without fail in every Ligue 1 outing save one against Nice and it looks unlikely for PSG’s recent run of clean sheets to continue at the Parc des Princes in the face of the visitors’ relentless attacking style.
Monaco had routed the Parisiennes 3-1 when they last met at Fonteville in August, but the visitors’ away record despite being league leaders isn’t exactly blemishless. Of their three losses this season, two have been in away games that includes a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of OGC Nice in September. The Monacoans had prevailed over PSG 0-2 on their previous visit to Paris in the 2015-16 season and will look to do an encore on the night of January 29.
But Unai Emery’s unbeaten record at home and his side’s recent run of form have prompted the bookmakers to wager on a host win as is evinced from the odds below.A draw also looks like a fair outcome.
PSG to win, best odds 4/6 @ Skybet
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