The final of the French Cup between Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco will take place this Thursday at 12:45 am. AS Monaco beat Rennes on Sunday night and can still hope to win the title. Still, on the side of Monaco, the coach Niko Kovac has other objectives for the coming week. The ultimate goal is to beat PSG and to win the French Cup 2020/2021.
For his first season as coach of AS Monaco, Niko Kovac is living a dream. His team is holding on to third place in Ligue 1 with one day left in the championship.
“Paris is now the most important match for us. Monaco is having a great season. We have 77 points and we still have to fight for the podium. This means how complicated the championship is. Paris is the most beautiful team in France, one of the most beautiful in Europe, with some of the best players in the world. “– Monaco coach after the success against Rennes on Sunday.
The suspense remains in the race for the Ligue 1 title. Lille remains first with 80 points ahead of PSG (79 pts) and Monaco (77 pts). The coaches of Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain have not yet expressed their tactics for this French Cup final. However, on PSG’s side, the starting line-up is likely to be a bit unusual due to the absences.
MONACO VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN PREVIEW :
Lille was held to a goalless stalemate by Saint-Etienne on Sunday, PSG took advantage by sweeping 10-man Reims 4-0 at the Parc des Princes, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Marquinhos, and Moise Kean all on target for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. PSG reduced the gap between them and Lille by narrowing the gap. The race for the French Cup continues.
In fact, the Parisians have lifted the title five times in the last six seasons. PSG had suffered a single defeat against Rennes in the 2018-19 final. It was in fact the only defeat during that season. PSG has made their last eight domestic games undefeated. However, PSG has already suffered two defeats in Monaco in Ligue 1 matches. Most recently, the Parisians beat Les Monegasques 5-0 in the 2016-17 semi-final.
MONACO VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN TEAM NEWS AND INJURIES :
The PSG team will be very unusual in the French Cup final against Monaco.
Abdou Diallo, Idrrisa Gueye, Julian Draxler, Marco Verratti, Layvin Kurzawa, Juan Bernat and Alexandre Letellier, Presnel Kimpembe, and Neymar are at risk of being absent on Wednesday. Their cases are different, but the doubt is the same. Mauricio Pochettino confirmed in a press conference that Abdou Diallo, Idrrisa Gueye “are suffering from gastroenteritis and felt bad. So they went home. “
For his part, Julian Draxler, meanwhile, was forced to leave in the 40th minute, being replaced by Rafinha. Draxler “went out because of a hamstring discomfort” according to the words of his coach after the game. The absence of Marco Verratti, Layvin Kurzawa, Juan Bernat, and Alexandre Letellier has already been confirmed. They will not attend the match Monaco-PSG.
In addition, PSG may not be able to count on Neymar either. During the match against Montpellier, the Brazilian goal scorer was whistled a yellow card. The Brazilian received his third yellow card in less than ten games. As a result, Neymar is suspended for the final match of the French Cup. The PSG striker expressed his frustration on his social networks.
“I would like to be in the head of the guy who made the rule of cards in France. It deserves applause. What a mess! “ – Neymar on his Instagram account.
Paris Saint-Germain has the opportunity to make a suspensive appeal of Neymar’s suspension to allow him to play in the French Cup final against AS Monaco. If PSG does not launch the appeal for this match, this will allow the Brazilian to be able to play the 38th day of Ligue 1 against Brest.
PREDICTED LINE-UPS AND SCORE :
AS Monaco : Lecomte – Henrichs, Glik, Maripan, Ballo-Touré – Bakayoko, Silva – Gelson Martins, Golovin, Baldé – Ben Yedder
Paris Saint-Germain : Navas – Kehrer, Silva, Bakker, Diallo – Danilo Pereira, Herrera – Sarabia, Mbappé, Icardi, Di Maria.
On the Monaco side, all hopes are on a goal from Wissam Ben Yeder. He is the highest scorer of Monaco for this season with 22 goals.
PSG will count on a goal from Marquihnos who has been able to ensure his role of captain and goal-scorer throughout the season. The second goal of PSG is expected from Moise Kean who scored on Sunday night against Reims.
Monaco 1-2 PSG
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