Monaco v PSG: Mbappe returns to his former side - FCNaija

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 25/11/2017

The biggest game in Ligue 1 so far this season takes place on Sunday when Monaco welcome PSG to Stade Louis II, with the hosts knowing if they lose they will be nine points adrift of the title favorites

Monaco will enter the derby low on confidence after suffering an embarrassing 1-4 defeat to German runners-up RB Leipzig in the Champions League farewell to the fans at Stade Louis II. The reigning Ligue 1 champions have also slipped up last Friday when they failed to beat the newly-promoted Amiens SC side on the road (1-1) draw letting the Parisians escape to a six-point advantage at the very top of the standings.

PSG It has indeed been a fairytale campaign for them Unai Emery and his men so far in both Ligue 1 and Champions League. The Parisians just don’t have mercy and they seem to be in a tremendous run of form as of late, having netted at least four goals in each of their last four outings in all competitions.

Former Barcelona’s star Neymar Jr was particularly inspired in the 7-1 thumping of Celtic on Wednesday netting a brace against the Scottish champions.

Team News

Monaco midfielders Adama Traore and Soualiho Meite, as well as defender Kevin N'Doram, are all currently injured. Upcoming midfielder Thomas Lemar, however, could be available for selection after a period on the sidelines.

PSG are without Thiago Motta, Ben Arfa, but Brazilian winger Lucas Moura could return for Ligue 1 encounter.

Recent Form

Monaco have won three draws two and lost one in their last six matches. While PSG have five victories and one draw from the same number of games.

Manager Quote.


PSG manager Emery qouted by the club website "Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani are among the best strikers in the world. It's a good thing for French football that they play here. We'll be lucky enough to see both of them in action on Sunday night. Their objective will be to help their team win, especially by scoring."

"It's a great thing for Kylian to return to Monaco. He is very happy with what he achieved there. It will be a special match for him, but he will give 100% for Paris Saint-Germain. He wants to grow further his development here. He still needs to learn how to adapt to defences that play deeper against us; the system he played in at Monaco was different from ours."

Prediction: Monaco 1 -3 PSG

Probable Line-up

Monaco -  Subasic - Jemerson, Jorge, Kongolo, Ragg - Fabinho, Ghezzal, Moutinho, Rony, Tielemans - Balde, Falcao (c)

PSG - Areola -  Alves, Silva (c), Marquinhos, Kurzawa - Rabiot, Verratti, Draxler - Neymar, Mbappe, Neymar