Paris Saint-Germain has an easy job against Dijon, while on the other side, we have a derby between Monaco and Lyon. All odds here are from BetXChange.
PSG vs. Dijon preview
After five wins in a row, the Saints received a slap in the face at home against Manchester United. Once again, the Red Devils went home from Parc des Princes singing, with the history repeating itself. Marcus Rashford scored a late goal that provided Solskajer’s team a big triumph, shocking the home team’s fans and players.
Before a 1-2 loss to United, PSG won five games conceding just one goal, and scoring 16, while netting twice or more on four occasions. Against United, they opened the match sloppy, which eventually came back like a boomerang.
Dijon is hammered to the bottom of the French Ligue 1, with just two points in seven games, with a solid gap between them and the first team above the red line. Lorient has seven points and looks much better than the Owls.
Dijon is without a victory for 10 straight games when counting all the pre-season events, posting seven losses and three draws during that span. They couldn’t score in six of them while keeping clean sheets just once. That pretty much tells all about the problems this team finds itself at the moment.
PSG will be very motivated to erase its mistakes from midweek, which is why Dijon finds itself ahead of a disaster. The last two wins of the Saints in head-to-head meetings were 1-6 on the road and 4-0 at home.
Lyon vs. Monaco
We can’t figure out what is wrong with Lyon, who has two wins since the campaign started. They defeated Dijon with 4-1 at home in the first round, and now Strasbourg on the road, 2-3. In the meantime, the Kids, as the fans call them, posted a loss against Montpellier, 2-1, and three consecutive draws, Nimes, Lorient, and Marseille.
It could be that the UCL adventure messed them up, and that they don’t have enough motive to play in the Ligue 1 anymore. Some French journalists add that the players want to cash in their performances against the top European clubs and leave Groupama Stadium.
Monaco went that path a few years ago, as they also made a notable result in the UEFA Champions League while winning the French title, creating one very talented generation. Ever since that happened, the club from the south of the country can’t pull themselves together.
We’ve seen a lot of good players appearing here, but they can’t reach the upper part of the standings, let alone win the title as they did with Mbappe, Fabinho, and the rest of the crew.
Les Monégasques opened this season with three games without a defeat, only to win once in four matches afterward. From four games that took place at Stade Louis II, one hadn’t seen over 2.5 goals. Also, when looking at all of Monaco’s games this year, one didn’t end with both teams scoring.
Therefore, both teams to score should be a reasonable pick here. Monaco plays open and wants to attack the rival, while on the other side, Lyon’s players should rise to the occasion and show a glimpse of their form that brought them all the way to the UCL semis.