With the league title just in reach, PSG will look to command their top league position, when they host bottom-placed Metz this Saturday. The match is scheduled for the kick off at 4:00 pm GMT.
Parc des Princes will be the fortress for the 29th round clash of this Ligue 1 season. Last time these two sides met, PSG thrashed the opposition with a 5-1 emphatic victory.
PSG are unsurprisingly running away with the league title way before the final league phase. 74 points from 28 games including 24 wins and just 2 losses has assisted Unai Emery’s men to poses sheer dominance over remaining teams.
PSG have won all of their last 5 games including a 2-0 away victory against Troyes last Saturday. The sublime form of star-studded forwards Neymar, Mbappe, and Cavani has boosted the dominant display of PSG this season. The trio shares fascinating 53 goals among them, commanding the Parisians to a comfortable league outing.
However, a disappointing mid-week Champions League exit from the hands of Real Madrid has miserably affected the Paris side. With the inclusion of Neymar and Mbappe, a lot was expected from PSG side as they were the hot favorite to win this year’s Champions League.
Unfortunately, all these speculations went into vain as they failed to seize the moment with another setback. Unai Emery will have a massive task in his hand to uplift his team and boost their confidence ahead of the weekend’s clash.
On the other hand, struggling at the bottom of table, Metz are having a season to forget with a pathetic display of football. 18 losses from 28 league games sums up their utterly miserable campaign. They have failed to win in their last 5 league games. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Toulouse in their last league game.
Frederic Hantz is unable to guide his side on the winning track due to the injury issues. Star forward Nolan Roux, who has scored 11 goals for them so far is unfortunately out due to hip injury.
In addition to the miserable situation of Metz, injury to the second top scorer, Florent Mollet, has added salt to the wound. With unorganized defense and unorthodox midfield, Metz are looking down and out before the vital clash with league leaders.
Key Players to Watch
Angel Di Maria
8 goals and 5 assists so far this season defines the impressive season Angel Di Maria is having. The charismatic winger of PSG has had a terrific run of form with consistent performance.
With Neymar sidelined due to injury and Cavani suspended for the game, the Argentine winger will be a key for Saturday’s match. He was sidelined due to injury when last time these two sides met.\
Di Maria will look forward to carrying his sublime form in the coming game, and we expect another stellar performance from him.
The absence of striker Nolan Roux will inflict a huge amount of responsibility in the hands of Emmanuel Riviere. Although he has not performed to his extent, the striker holds a key for their side to salvage some respect from their game against PSG.
With 4 goals and 2 assists so far, Riviere will look to solidify his team’s attack for competitive display.
Head to Head
The Parisians have won 19 of their 30 meetings with Metz so far. Metz have struggled to find a win in their last 5 outings with PSG.
Meanwhile, PSG hammered the bottom-placed Metz in the reverse fixture. Cavani, Mbappe, Neymar, and Moura scored in the thumping 5-1 victory.
The late inclusion of star player Neymar in the injury list has caused some problem for Unai Emery as he was a vital performer for PSG side.
Similarly, Star-striker Edison Cavani will be suspended for a game since he picked up a third yellow card in the space of ten games in the Week 27 win against Marseille.
With Champions League hopes over, Emery will focus to win league title convincingly. We expect some alterations in the starting lineup from the last game.
Mbappe is expected to lead the attack with Pastore and Di Maria supporting him.
The unfortunate injury to the star striker Nolan Roux a few days back has shattered the shrimp hope for resilience against strong Paris side.
Hantz has a very compelling task to marshal his troops and organize the injury dented squad. Florent Mollet, who suffered hamstring injury back in February, is also sidelined for the week’s game.
Left-back Julien Palmeri will miss the game following his red card in the last league game.
PSG vs Metz Lineups (Predicted XI)
PSG Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Munier (RB), Silva (RCB), Kimpembe(LCB), Kurzawa (LB)
Midfielders: Le Celso (RM), Diarra (CM), Draxler (LM)
Forwards: Di Maria (RWF), Mbappe (CF), Pastore (LWF)
Metz Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defenders: Balliu (RB), Rivierez (RCB), Niakhate (LCB), Lempereur (LB)
Midfielders: Poblete (RDM), Cohade (LDM), Dossevi (RM), Milicevic (CM), Niane (LM)
Forwards: Riviere (ST)
PSG vs Metz Prediction
PSG are overwhelming favorites to win this weekend considering their sublime league form. The win will boost the sunken confidence of injured lions following the defeat at the hands of Los Blancos.
Metz meanwhile will be hoping for a miracle at this stage to stop the raging PSG. The squad suffering from injury crisis has been short in several key areas. It will indeed be a daunting task for them to change the match in their favor.
With expected goal fest from PSG, we predict a stunning 4-0 victory for the Parisians.