Tip PSG - Saint Etienne
PSG have done the job in Europe, and after securing a semi final place in the Champions League, focus shifts to their Ligue 1 title defence, where they host St. Etienne. The champions are currently placed second with 66 points while St. Etienne, in 13th place, have 39 points. PSG are coming from a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich which secured their place in the semis, and they now need to steady their Ligue 1 ship which has been shaky lately. They are three points behind league leaders Lille and by the time they step out to play, they could be behind by six points, with Lille set to play earlier. PSG have some of the best forwards in the world and one area they need to address is their defence, having failed to keep a clean sheet in the last five matches. They also need a good break, having lost each of their last three home league matches, and conceding in four straight home league matches. The good news ahead of the game is that Marco Veratti can start after staying on the bench against Bayern Munich while news of a new contract being prepared for Neymar will lift spirits. However, Neymar is suspended for this game. A key man in this game will be Kylian Mbappe, once again. The French international has scored five times in the last five matches.
St. Etienne managed to hold PSG to a 1-1 draw in their meeting in January and head here on the back of two straight wins. PSG will be their third top five opponent in the last five matches after their losses to Monaco and Lens. They have two clean sheets in the last five matches and failed to score in one, while in total netting nine times in the last five matches. Wahbi Khazri has been explosive for the side in recent matches, scoring five goals in the last four matches. His hat trick inspired the team to a 4-1 comeback win over Bordeaux in their last match and with PSG struggling to keep clean sheets, he will be looking at the game with some excitement. In three of their last five league matches, St. Etienne have scored two or more goals but have conceded eight goals in five. In the last five away Ligue 1 matches, the visitors have won four and lost once. They have four clean sheets in the wins.
Key points PSG - Saint Etienne
St. Etienne have four wins in five away matches.
PSG have no clean sheet in the last five matches.
PSG have three straight losses in league matches at home.
St. Etienne have scored in four of their last five matches.
Conclusion PSG - Saint Etienne
PSG have done well in Europe, but struggled a bit in Ligue 1, and especially at home. With the fatigue coming from a tough game against Bayern Munich, they are sure to struggle a bit against this St. Etienne side that has done well away from home lately. We don’t expect them to have their normal push after the exhausting recent weeks, with a number of key players out injured or suspended. St. Etienne haven’t been the best defensively lately and will also struggle on that front against PSG regardless of how fatigued the hosts will be. The visitors are expected to put up a cautious approach which would limit them in attack as they try to hold off the champions so under 2.5 goals looks good here.
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PSG Saint Etienne Prediction published on April 16, 2021