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One would have typically expected to see at least one of Lionel Messi or Kylian Mbappe on the scoresheet as PSG put four past Reims in a dominant display last weekend, but a quartet of strikes from three rare goalscorers contributed to a Parisien romping.
Marco Verratti‘s first Ligue 1 goal since June 2017 preceded efforts from Sergio Ramos and Danilo Pereira at the Parc des Princes, and the little Italian also witnessed another one of his efforts take a significant deflection off of Wout Faes into the back of the net.
It would take a monumental collapse for PSG to concede the Ligue 1 title now, with Pochettino’s men comfortably 11 points clear of their upcoming second-placed opponents at the summit before attention turns to their crunch clash with Real Madrid next month.
For now, though, PSG have a third consecutive Coupe de France triumph firmly in their sights after seeing off Vannes and Feignies Aulnoye in the earlier rounds without conceding a single goal, and success in the 2021-22 edition would represent a record-extending 15th crown in the tournament.
PSG sure are working around a severely-depleted squad this weekend, as Georginio Wijnaldum and Neymar remain sidelined with ankle injuries, but Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to return from his calf issue.
Juan Bernat and Alexandre Letellier are also set to be available, while Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi and Senegal duo Abdou Diallo and Idrissa Gueye prepare for the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Les Parisiens have also been hit by other international absences in recent days, with Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes representing Argentina, Keylor Navas on duty with Costa Rica and Marquinhos away with the Brazil squad.
Lionel Messi has remained in Paris after recovering from COVID-19, though, so the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner could feature alongside fringe players such as Denis Franchi, Julian Draxler, Xavi Simons and Colin Dagba, who will seek to take advantage of Sergio Ramos’s absence.
Meanwhile, Nice have not a single injury or suspension concern to worry about this weekend, with Mario Lemina and Youcef Atal both back in the fold following Gabon and Algeria’s AFCON eliminations.
Pablo Rosario will serve a suspension for yellow card accumulation against Clermont next weekend, but is available here and ought to form an unchanged midfield pairing with Thuram once more.
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Atal may be considered for a start over Jordan Lotomba if he is deemed fit enough, but Galtier should otherwise stick with the same winning formula from the Metz success.
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Dagba, Kehrer, Kimpembe, Mendes; Herrera, Pereira, Verratti; Draxler, Icardi, Mbappe
Nice possible starting lineup:
Benitez; Atal, Todibo, Dante, Amavi; Boudaoui, Rosario, Thuram, Stengs; Gouiri, Dolberg