The Parisian team will play at home this Saturday in matchday 21 of Ligue 1, where they will want to maintain or increase the distance of 11 points from OGC Nice, second classified. To do this, they must beat 13th in the table, which has three games without a victory.
Paris Saint Germain has picked up a cruising pace in the French championship, where they have only lost one out of 20 games. However, they cannot be satisfied with their results either because they have accumulated four draws in the last five games. He will seek to recover the winning path in a match where Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Rico, Abdou Diallo, Juan Bernat, Achraf Hakimi, Nathan Bitumazala, Danilo Pereira, Idrissa Gueye, Neymar Da Silva, Julian Draxler, Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María will not be present. We believe that Mauricio Pochettino will opt for a 1-4-3-3:
The Costa Rican goalkeeper has played 17 games so far this season, conceding the same number of goals and keeping a clean sheet five times. The loss due to positive in COVID-19 of the Italian goal facilitates the choice of the coach.
The Portuguese left back has started in 13 of the 18 games played this season with the Parisians. In recent games he has been seen alternating position with Juan Bernat, but the Spaniard is out for this contest.
The French and Congolese defender has 23 starts in 24 games played. He has not been present in four of the last eight games, but has completed the last two in Ligue 1. Having been dosed, several consecutive starts are expected soon.
The Portuguese and Brazilian central defender will continue to wear the captain’s armband except for surprise. He has completed 15 of the 16 games he has been available for domestically, including the last six in a row.
The French and Beninese right-back has played five games throughout the course. This is due to Mauricio Pochettino’s confidence in Achraf Hakimi, who will be absent while Morocco participate in the African Cup of Nations.
The Argentine pivot has not enjoyed continuity this year, partly due to his physical problems and the lack of rhythm caused by them. He started in the most recent clash and it seems that the situation will be repeated given the absences of Danilo Pereira due to injury and Idrissa Gueye due to the call-up for the African Cup of Nations with Senegal.
Something similar happens to the Italian midfielder, who has had different ailments for which he has not been able to play often. He completed the last match after having served a penalty in the previous one for having seen five yellow cards. The number of casualties forces it to be present.
The Spanish midfielder began the season adding many minutes, but from the eleventh day onwards in Ligue 1 he alternated games on the bench and was even left out of the squad on several occasions. The losses point to his ownership, as in the two most recent stakes in the league.
The French attacker is pulling the team’s car due to the absences of the other two stars, with 18 goals and 15 assists in 26 season games. We usually see him propping up the offense, but the casualties make us believe that he will start from the left flank as on other occasions.
The versatile Dutch and Surinamese footballer can occupy all positions in midfield and attack. On this occasion, the offensive absences suggest that he can act on the right side of the attack, although with a clear tendency to the diagonal.
The Italian-Argentine striker has not enjoyed excessive continuity, adding 10 starts in 21 games throughout the course. He has completed the last two in Ligue 1 due to offensive absences, something that persists and that makes us believe that we will see him start again.