Paris SG v Monaco - 8:00pm, 12th January
Sunday evening sees what has traditionally been a competitive clash in Ligue 1 over the past decade. Paris Saint-Germain have won every French title since Montpellier’s 2012 success, apart from in 2017, as Monaco pipped them. This time around though there looks to be no such challenge, as PSG stand 17 points clear of Sunday’s opposition, and 7 points clear of Marseille in 2nd, having played a game fewer. They’ve also scored four or more goals in their last six games in all competitions, although only two of them - away to Saint-Etienne and at home to Amiens - have been in the league. They’ve only lost one game at Parc des Princes this season, which was a shock 2-0 defeat to Reims, but they can boast a 4-0 win over Marseille and a 3-0 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. Against a Monaco side that are still trying to find their feet after dismal form, the likes of Neymar, Mauro Icardi, Angel di Maria, and Kylian Mbappe could have a field day.
Leonardo Jardim has now been sacked twice by Monaco in little over a year, and new boss Robert Moreno faces a baptism of fire for his Ligue 1 debut. It took seven games for the Fontvieille-based side to find their first win of the 2019-20 season, but they’ve now secured eight, and have won every game they’ve played at Stade Louis II since. That form has seen them up to 7th in the table, although a couple of good results could see them challenging for the European qualifying places, with Reenes, Lille, and Nantes not too far ahead, and the latter two having played a game more. Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder is the competition’s top scorer so far with 13 goals, and they’ll need him ready for this one. It’s worth mentioning that these two sides meet in the rearranged reverse fixture just three days after this encounter, so Monaco may try to intimidate their opponents ahead of that second tie.