Preview - PSG vs Marseille 18 March 19

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Match Day 29
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Marseille
Monday, March 18th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Parc des Princes

Paris Saint-Germain: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 3.07
Average goals against per match: 0.56
Top Scorer: Kylian Mbappé (25)

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.57
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (13)

No doubt about the big one on Match Day 29 in Ligue 1. It comes at the Parc des Princes as champions elect PSG play host to fourth placed Marseille. Two of the biggest clubs in the French game, both in excellent form - at least domestically - and this looks all set to be a cracker.

PSG haven't had much trouble with many French sides for a while now, and Marseille are no different. The game here last season ended in a 3-0 win for the home side, and PSG also came out on top in Marseille earlier in the current campaign, this time by a 2-0 score-line.

Neymar, Adrien Rabiot and Julian Draxler are all out for the home side. Marseille look to have the luxury of having a fully fit squad from which to select.

PSG have been perfect at home this season, winning all 14 of their Ligue 1 fixtures here, keeping nine clean sheets and scoring three or more in ten of those games. Getting over their Champion's League exit at the first time of asking when winning 4-0 at Dijon, it will likely take some performance from Marseille to get anything out of this one.

Marseille are going well at present though with five wins and a draw from their past six fixtures, keeping four clean sheets across those games. They are however a much better side at home, having already lost seven times on the road this season, keeping just two clean sheets, and conceding two or more on eight occasions.

Marseille have a fair few matchwinners in their side and will be bang up for this one. They can be expected to cause problems but don't look good enough at the other end of the pitch to come away with anything.

Prediction: Paris Saint-Germain 4 - 2 Marseille


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  9 - 3
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 62% - 38%

Thiago Silva, Layvin Kurzawa, Angel Di Maria and Presnel Kimpembe were all booked for the home side. Boubacar Kamara, Lucas Ocampos and Hiroki Sakai had their names taken for Marseille, with referee Antony Gautier also dismissing the visitor's keeper Steve Mandanda in the 62nd minute.

This one went pretty much as predicted. Marseille simply being outclassed on the day - as most teams are by PSG in this division - and never really looking like being good enough at the back to withstand the home teams attacking might.

It did take a while for PSG a while to break Marseille down though, with the opening goal only arriving on the stroke of halftime. A swift counterattack seeing Angel Di Maria control well before playing in Kylian Mbappé in the left of the area. Cool finish from Mbappé into the bottom right from eight yards out towards the left corner of the six yard box. 1-0 at the break.

Just one minute into the second half we were all square again. Poor defending from PSG allowing Lucas Ocampos to break into the left of the area. His cross was scuffed and deflected but Valere Germain was on it like a shot to turn the ball into the bottom right from around seven yards out to the left hand side.

PSG regained the lead just nine minutes later. Nice run from Angel Di Maria on the right, with the Argentinian then exchanging passes with Thilo Kehrer and being played in in the right of the box. The angle was tight, but not so tight that Di Maria couldn't fire into the bottom left.

The destination of the points was then all but secured in the 66th minute. Steve Mandanda dismissed for handling outside the box around 30 yards from goal. From the resulting free kick Di Maria fired a curling scorcher into the top right corner.

Mbappé - who noticeably didn't seem to celebrate with his teammates following the second and third goals - then won and missed a penalty in the 93rd minute.  3-1 final score.

PSG's lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table has now increased to a scarcely credible twenty points with the reigning champions still having ten games left to play. Marseille stay fourth, but lose ground in the race for the Champion' League, now lying six points behind third placed Lyon.

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