Ligue 1 – Match-day 13: Paris Saint-Germain v Troyes

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PSG’s title hopes to continue, as they welcome Troyes to the Parc des Princes – Saturday – kick-off 5:00pm GMT.

Leaders PSG are currently 10 places higher than their rivals Troyes, when the two sides meet, they will sit in first and eleventh positions respectively.

League leaders Paris Saint-Germain will seek to win every game, this game is no exception

PSG come to this fixture on the back of a 0-3 away loss against AC Ajaccio at Stade Francois Coty.

Also, League leaders PSG keep finding ways to win, having secured 10 victories in their last 12 matches is astonishing this season, a rich vein of form that has drastically improved their Ligue 1 position. 10 wins, 0 losses and 2 draws; That’s worth the number one spot in the League having won 10 meetings and drawn two fixtures.

Playing at home, PSG have won four games and drawn one game.

Paris Saint-Germain will want to keep the pressure on their rivals as they sit at the top of the table, a win will take them to 35 points and keep their momentum going forward.

PSG are missing one players through injury or illness. This will affect Christophe Galtier’s selection choices significantly.

Troyes arrive at this meeting, having secured 13 points so far this season

A 3rd successive, disappointing result for Troyes will not be acceptable for Bruno Irles’s squad. They will see this fixture as an opportunity to turn their form around after drawing 2-2 at FC Lorient and 1-1 at AC Ajaccio.

Also, with two draws in two fixtures, Manager Bruno Irles has plenty to ponder, going into the next match, not least of which is how to get the wins he needs. With 13 points, they currently sit eleventh in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 3 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws having won three matches, drawn four games, and lost five meetings.

Troyes now travel, knowing that their current away form is woeful. So far this season they have won two meetings and lost four games matches on the road.

Victory for Troyes would take their points tally to 16 so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

This has been a good season so far for Troyes, in terms of goals scored (21). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Mama Balde (5), Florian Tardieu (3), and Wilson Odobert (3). Troyes have a very poor defensive record, having conceded 24 goals in their previous matches.

Troyes’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Bruno Irles, ahead of this Saturday’s fixture against their opponents.

Paris Saint-Germain v Troyes – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels PSG and Troyes have faced each other 22 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in PSG’s favour (15 – 2). Also, Troyes have repeatedly tasted defeat at the hands of PSG in fourteen out of the last 20 fixtures with them. The last time they played each other in this competition was May 2022 and the score line ended up with a 2-2 draw.

Players to watch

For PSG, Kylian Mbappe is one of the top performing players after having scored10 goals in 12 League matches this Ligue 1 Season, while Mama Balde is a top performing player who has scoredfive goals in 12 League games this campaign for Troyes.

Other standout players for PSG are Neymar and Lionel Messi with nine goals and six goals respectively and for Troyes are Florian Tardieu and Wilson Odobert with three goals and three goals respectively.