Paris Saint-Germain & Nice meet on Match-day 9
Saturday at the Parc des Princes, as PSG host Nice in the Ligue 1.
Leaders PSG are currently 12 places higher than their rivals Nice, when the two sides meet, they will sit in first and thirteenth positions respectively.
To retain first position in the Ligue 1 is Paris Saint-Germain’s target this week
PSG must take a positive approach to this game, if they are to get anything out of, following their recent defeat to Lyon at Groupama Stadium.
Also, League leaders PSG keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last eight games is astonishing this season, who sit comfortably withing the Champion’s League qualification zone. 7 wins, 0 losses and 1 draws; That’s worth the number one spot in the League having won seven fixtures and drawn one game.
Playing at home, PSG have won two meetings and drawn one game.
The ultimate prize this season will be for Paris Saint-Germain to finish top of the Ligue 1 and secure automatic qualification for the Champion’s League. However, they must play each game as it comes and secure the points, if that is to be achieved.
A solid defensive team
It’s an easy statement to make, but to win you simply have to score more goals than your opponent. PSG have been consistently applying this principle, whilst remaining defensively solid as a unit this season, with four goals in their previous matches. PSG have one of the best goal scoring records so far this season, with 26 so far (24 from open play and two penalties). Their stand out attacking players have been Neymar (8), Kylian Mbappe (7), and Lionel Messi (4).
PSG are likely to be missing three of their key players when they start Saturday’s game, due to injury and illness.
It’s eight points so far for Nice this season, going into this game
Whilst Nice need a positive result from this fixture, they cannot afford to throw caution to the wind. Another successive defeat for The Eagles after losing against Angers SCO and AC Ajaccio would represent a worrying sign of where they are just now.
Also, Nice need to get out of the losing habit, with four recorded in the last six games. With a thirteenth position in the league and 2 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws, they currently have eight points in the League having won two matches, drawn two meetings, and lost four games.
Nice have won two meetings, drawn one game, and lost one game of their four League matches away from home this season.
A win in this fixture, would take Nice’s points from 8 to 11, so far this season.
Going into Saturday’s game, Lucien Favre without one of his players, due to illness or injury.
Paris Saint-Germain v Nice – Head-to-Heads.
Regarding their historical duels PSG and Nice have faced each other 47 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in PSG’s favour (24 – 12). Additionally, five of the past six fixtures between PSG and Nice have resulted in a PSG win. In their most recent meeting of this fixture was March 2022, when Les Parisiens walked away as 1-0 winners.
For PSG, Neymar is a top performing player who has scoredeight goals in eight League games this season, while Andy Delort contributed withthree goals in eight League games this campaign for Nice.