PSG - Nice - Saturday 16.00 GMT
PSG host Nice at the Parc des Princes on Saturday afternoon, two weeks after their first home defeat since May 2014 against Monaco (2-0).
The Paris players had an off day and everything went Monaco’s way on that night. Since then, most of the players went away on international dutu and they are back, ready for this second league game in a row at home and ready to redeem themselves. Even if they are already champions, they obviously didn’t like losing against Monaco two weeks ago. They ant to get back to winning ways on Saturday to prepare in the best way the Champions League clash with Manchester City next week in Paris.
It will be very important for them and for their confidence to get things right against Nice. Laurent Blanc has decided to bring Serge Aurier back in the squad, six weeks after he was left out of the first team squad because of his outburst on social media. Marco Verratti is still out injured and Angel Di Maria is a big doubt too. But everybody else is available and they will all want to play this game to get in the right state of mind before Wednesday and the City game.
Despite the defeat against Monaco, PSG have an incredible home record in Ligue 1 with just two defeats since November 2012. They also have a good record against Nice at home with four wins in a row at the Parc des Princes. They were last beaten by Nice at home in 2009.
The away team has a lot to play for. They are 3rd in the table and can still dream of finishing second as well. They are only five points behind Monaco in second. They dream to do the same performance as them in Paris and getting the three points too.
Their star Hatem Ben Arfa is in great form and will play against the team he supported as a child and not far from where he grew up. He will try to inspire his team on Saturday. However, I can’t see PSG being beaten twice in a row in the league at home. I think the Champions will play well and get a good win.
The odds are massively in favour of PSG with a home win at 1.60. The draw is at 4.00 and a Nice away win is at 5.50.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is favourite to score first at 3.65. My best tip is Edison Cavani to score at anytime at 2.10.
Score prediction: PSG 2 Nice 0 at 8.00