Sochaux vs PSG: Preview, Team News, Lineup and Prediction
PSG will travel to eastern France after beating Lille in the league by 3-0 away from home.
League leaders PSG will face the Ligue 2 side Sochaux in the round of 16 of the French cup on Tuesday at Stade Auguste Bonal. The visitors defeated Guingamp to reach the round whereas Sochaux defeated fourth-tier team US Colomiers by 2-1.
PSG will travel to eastern France after beating Lille in the league by 3-0 away from home. Yuri Berchiche scored an opener at the end of the first half for the visitors.
PSG star Neymar scored from the free kick in the 77th minute of the match. Giovani Lo Celso scored a cheeky goal in the 87th minute to seal the 3-0 victory for Unai Emery’s side. PSG are leading the league with 62 points and are 11 points clear of the second-placed Marseille.
Peter Zeidler’s Sochaux defeated GFC Ajaccio in their last match by 4-1 at home. Yoann Touzghar scored a brace for the home side whereas Yakou Meite was also on the score-sheet for the German manager’s team. Joris Steve Marveaux scored an equalizer and even one own goal from the visiting Ajaccio side.
Sochaux are currently seventh in the Ligue 2 but are only four points below the second-placed Nimes. Top two teams from the Ligue 2 will directly promote in the top division whereas the team finishing third will play a playoff match against the third-last club of the Ligue 1.
Head to head
The last time Sochaux and PSG played each other was back in the 2013-14 season. Sochaux were managed to finish the match 1-1 when they hosted their next opponent for the last time in 2014. But eventually, Sochaux were relegated at the end of the season while PSG went on to win the league title.
In total 31 meetings between these two sides, Montbéliard side have managed to beat PSG on five occasions including one in the French Cup 2006-07.
PSG have defeated their counterparts 17 times in the French top flight.
Center-back Adolphe Teikeu will miss the clash against the league leaders due to injuries. Left-back Jason Pendant, who scored an opening goal against US Colomiers in the round of 32 is also sidelined due to injury. Winger Moussa Sao will also miss the game due to the personal reasons.
Forward Kylian Mbappe is facing the three-match ban and will not travel to Montbéliard. Adrien Rabiot is doubtful for the trip against Sochaux. Attacking midfielder Julian Draxler is sidelined due to the back injury. Thiago Motta and Hatem Ben Arfa are still out of the squad due to injuries. Kevin Trapp is expected to return between the sticks for Unai Emery’s side.
Sochaux vs PSG Lineup (Possible XI)
Sochaux Lineup (4-4-2)
Alphonse (RB), Ogier (CB), Ruiz (CB), Bergdich (LB)
Daham (RW), Tardieu (CM), Ba (CM), Meite (LW)
Martin (CF), Touzghar (CF)
PSG Lineup (4-3-3)
Meunier (RB), Marquinhos (CB), Kimpembe (CB), Kurzawa (LB)
Verratti (CM), Lo Celso (CM), Nkunku (CM)
Sochaux vs PSG Match Prediction
It’s a big game for Peter Zeidler’s side on Tuesday against the French giants. PSG are favorites to reach the quarterfinals of the competition with a win against the lesser team.
Our Prediction: Sochaux 1-4 PSG