Preview - PSG vs Monaco 16 April 2018

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Match Day 33
Paris Saint Germain vs Monaco
Monday, April 16th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Parc des Princes

Paris Saint Germain: 
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 3.00
Average goals against per match: 0.69
Top Scorer: Edinson Cavani (24)

Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals per match: 2.41
Average goals against per match: 1.06
Top Scorer: Falcao (18)

Ligue 1 saves the best until last on Match Day 33 as the top two clash. It's runaway leaders Paris Saint Germain against second placed Monaco at the Parc des Princes.

PSG wont quite be at full strength for this clash with Marco Verratti joining Neymar on the injury list and both Thiago Motta and Presnel Kimpembe suspended. In addition, there are slight doubts about Dani Alves and Julian Draxler.

Adama Traoré and Diego Benaglio are out for Monaco, but in terms of regular first team starters they are just about at full strength.

Home form in the League simply doesn't get any better than PSG's. 16 games, 16 wins, 61 goals for and just 10 against. Only three games lie between the Paris giants and a perfect home season, with this representing much the stiffest test at least on paper.

Seven points clear of fourth placed Marseille, Monaco should be ok in terms of Champions League qualification. They will however be keen to avoid the qualifying rounds and so need to keep up the momentum to fend off a surging Lyon outfit. Anything they pick up here will nevertheless be seen as an unexpected bonus.

Monaco certainly wont roll over but PSG should still have too much going forward and can edge one step closer to that perfect season in front of their own fans.

Prediction: Paris Saint Germain 2 - 1 Monaco


Half time: 4 - 1
Full time: 7 - 1
Shots: 12 - 21
Shots on target: 7 - 9
Corner Kicks: 5 - 8
Possession: 35% - 65%

Javier Pastore had his name taken by referee Ruddy Buquet for the home side. Fabinho, Andrea Raggi and Joao Moutinho were all booked for Monaco.

This was supposed to be one of the biggest threats to PSG's perfect home record. It instead turned into an absolute rout and PSG's second biggest home win of the season. If they were looking to make a statement that they were much the best team in this division, they certainly did it and claimed the title in the process.

The first came in the 15th minute. Edinson Cavani and Dani Alves combining to carve open the Monaco defence and set up Giovani Lo Celso to tap into an empty net from around six yards.

Two minutes later their lead was doubled. Yuri Beriche racing to the by-line down the right and crossing into the area. Cavani rising highest to head into the bottom corner.

And again, just two minutes later it was three. A brilliant swivel pass from Cavani sending Angel Di Maria racing through from the half way line. Keeper Danijel Subasic raced out and stood tall. Di Maria chipped him anyway. Lovely finish.

PSG had to wait a whole eight minutes for their fourth. An excellent outside of the foot cross from Javier Pastore being met by Lo Celso racing into the box to head home.

Monaco did get one back before half time. Almamy Toure doing really well down the right to beat his man and cross to the far post. Rony Lopes on hand for the tap in. 4-1 at half-time.

Normal service was resumed in the 58th minute. Alves playing Pastore in who in turn fed Di Maria to find the bottom right hand corner.

Falcao wasn't having much luck at the other end, but in the 76th minute he did put one past his own keeper when inadvertently turning in a corner from the left. 6-1.

The final blow was struck in the 86th minute. Pastore's cross from the right being miskicked by Thomas Meunier, but the ball making its way to Julian Draxler to sidefoot home via a slight deflection. 7-1 final score.

17 points clear with only 5 games remaining; PSG are now officially Ligue 1 Champions.

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