Nice will be looking to inflict more pain on defending Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain when they face each other on Sunday (12:00pm kick-off).
Thomas Tuchel’s star-studded squad have made a less than stellar start to their latest championship defence after suffering back-to-back defeats against Lens and bitter rivals Marseille (both 1-0) before eking out a narrow 1-0 win over Metz.
It will not be easy when taking on a confident Nice side that currently sits nine places above them in the embryonic league table. But Patrick Vieira’s side do have their own problems and will not be resting on their laurels when hosting France’s seemingly perennial champions.
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Nice & PSG’s previous line-ups:
- Nice (vs Montpellier): Benítez; Atal, Pelmard, Dante, Kamara; Schneiderlin, Lees Melou, Thuram; Rony Lopes, Dolberg*, Maolida.
- PSG (vs FC Metz): Navas; Dagba, Marquinhos, Diallo*, Bakker; Herrera, Draxler, Gueye; Sarabia, Icardi, Di María.
Kasper Dolberg, Alexis Claude-Maurice, Stanley Nsoki, Danilo and Robson Bambu are all out for the hosts, for various reasons.
PSG remain without four players through suspension, with Abdou Diallo joining Neymar, Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes in missing the match after his red card against Metz. Juan Bernat is out with an ACL injury but Kylian Mbappe could return for the defending champions.
“I need to speak with him, but the doctor said to me that he is available, as has the Ligue,” Tuchel said.
“We will await the session on Saturday, we will discuss before and after. If he is feeling well, I think he will be in the squad, but I don’t know if he will start the match or not.
“We need to protect him, we can’t expect too much of him. He needs to readapt, build up his confidence in his duels, and get back his form physically. We need to be patient with him.”
Players to watch:
Nice: As touched upon, Patrick Vieira will be without a handful of players for PSG’s visit. Losing striker Kasper Dolberg is frustrating, but at least there’s someone the former Arsenal midfielder can bring in to fill that void. Amine Gouiri, who joined from Lyon in the summer, began Nice’s opening two Ligue 1 games on the flank scoring twice, but the Frenchman would classify himself as a centre-forward. This meeting with France’s number one team can go a long way to seeing if the 20-year-old is really made of the right stuff, particularly if he does start through the middle.
PSG: The absence of Neymar is expected to once again be felt by a struggling PSG team, who can at least rely on Argentine winger Ángel Di María. The former Real Madrid and Man Utd man stepped up in certain moments last term and can be the difference-maker for Tuchel’s side this weekend. He’s yet to find his groove, having gone two games without registering a goal, but it’s still early day and Nice are one of Di María’s favourite opponents, last season he bagged a brace on the road against the Eagles.