Preview - Saint-Étienne vs PSG 16 December 19

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Match Day 18
Saint-Étienne vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Monday, December 16th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Last five matches form: W D L W L
Average goals per match: 1.24
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Denis Bouanga (7)

Paris Saint-Germain:
Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.19
Average goals against per match: 0.56
Top Scorer: Kylian Mbappé & Mauro Icardi (7)

With three losses from their opening 16 fixtures, it hasn't entirely been plain sailing for overwhelming favourites PSG in Ligue 1 this season. The top of the table does have a familiar look to it though, with the defending Champions sitting five points clear of their nearest rivals with two games in hand. The first of those games in hand comes here as they make the trip to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to take on eighth placed Saint-Étienne.

PSG did the double over most sides last season - Saint-Étienne included. The team from the capital came out on top 1-0 in this one and won the reverse at the Parc des Princes 4-0.

Kévin Monnet-Paquet, Yohan Cabaye, Charles Abi, William Saliba, Wahbi Khazri and Miguel Trauco are all out injured for the home side, whilst Timothée Kolodziejczak is suspended. Presnel Kimpembe, Idrissa Gueya, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Ander Herrera are all side-lined for PSG.

Saint-Étienne have lost just one of eight so far at home this season and posted a good 4-1 win over Nice in their most recent game here. They have struggled a little for goals overall though - hitting one or fewer in five of eight here.

PSG have won six of eight on their travels - with their two losses coming at Rennes and very surprisingly - Dijon. They have scored in every match, but hit more than one in only four. They have been solid defensively though in conceding one or fewer in six of eight.

PSG would be expected to win this on most occasions, and with that lengthy list of absentees it's tough to see the home side getting anything out of this one.

Prediction: Saint-Étienne 1 - 3 Paris Saint-Germain


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 4
Shots: 11 - 21
Shots on target: 2 - 13
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 33% - 67%

One booking for each side in this one, with referee Ruddy Buquet taking the names of Miguel Trauco of Saint-Étienne and Abdou Diallo of PSG. They key moment in the game from a disciplinary perspective though came in the 25th minute when Jean Eudes Aholou of the home side was shown the straight red card, with his side just the one goal down at the time.

Given that early goal and dismissal, this went pretty predictably. Saint-Étienne never really in it as PSG dominated the ball and chances and steadily kept the score-line ticking over.

PSG struck first in the ninth minute through something of a scruffy goal. A ball in from the right being stabbed goal-wards on a couple of occasions before being blocked clear. Leandro Paredes volleying on goal from 20-yard out to the left. The keeper looked to have it covered but a wicked deflection on the way through took the ball in down the middle.

Then came the sending off of Aholou for a pretty silly lunge, for all that there wasn't as much contact made as it first appeared.

The second arrived two minutes before the break. Neymar playing in Kylian Mbappé down the middle. The prolific Frenchman slotting into the bottom left from twelve yards and to the left of the penalty spot. 0-2 at the break.

All PSG in the second half, with the visitors striking the post once from open play, and again when Neymar failed to convert from the spot.

The third came eighteen minutes from time. Layvin Kurzqawa's cross from the left looking to take a slight deflection on its way through to Mauro Icardi lurking in the left of the six-yard box. The Argentinian volleying home from only five yards or so.

Still time for one more one minute from time. Neymar to Mbappé on the right. Devastating turn of pace from Mbappé to take him past his marker before drilling home into the bottom left from twelve yards out on the right. Reminiscent of the Brazilian Ronaldo in his pomp.

There has been the odd bump in the road, but the overall picture remains one of PSG being the overwhelming favourites for this year's title. This result sees them move seven points clear at the top of the table, and they also still have a game in hand. Saint-Étienne drop down to eleventh.

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