Prediction for PSG - Strasbourg
The Parc des Princes is where top title contenders Paris Saint-Germain and penultimate Strasbourg meet in contrasting circumstances in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.
The stadium of the capital city is practically an impregnable fortress.
As PSG are unbeaten in 36 consecutive home games in all competitions (30 wins and 6 draws).
The last loss here was against Manchester City in the Champions League as recently as April 2021.
On top of that, the Parisians have not lost any of their last 31 home clashes against Strasbourg in Ligue 1.
Including 24 wins and 7 draws.
And have scored 3+ goals in their four most recent meetings (home and away) with this elite-level opposition.
All of which suggests another routine triumph is in store.
And anything less than three points would be a real disappointment for Christophe Galtier's side.
Neymar and Mbappe are expected to be on the line . But Messi will rest until the New Year.
PSG - statistics and info
Less than 2 weeks after battling it out in a historic World Cup final, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe will reunite.
But this time they will be playing side-by-side to help PSG strengthen their position in the Ligue 1 title race.
Despite Mbappe's mesmerizing hat-trick, Argentina defeated France in the grand final on penalties.
Until the Flea finally lifted the World Cup.
Like all Galtier players, they can be proud of their performance in the country of their owner - Qatar Sports Investments.
Especially the star duo who won the flattering individual awards.
Mbappe won the Golden Boot with 8 goals. Leaving Messi, the Ballon d'Or winner, one behind.
But many other PSG players also played in Qatar.
Indeed, PSG finished top of the clubs with the most goals scored at this World Cup (18).
Eight goals ahead of second-placed Manchester City.
This is the place to recall the following football fact.
The Parisians are the only team in Europe's top 5 leagues yet to lose a single competitive game this season.
Strasbourg - statistics and info
In the situation I described, for Strasbourg, PSG is hardly the team they want to meet when the league resumes.
Especially considering the visitors' appalling form before the World Cup.
Their manager Julien Stephan is far from a popular figure in Strasbourg these days.
After Le Racing won only one match in the first 15 rounds of Ligue 1 (8 draws and 6 losses).
As they are the only team among all 20 teams in the championship that has won only one victory.
With that in mind, Stefan's men can count themselves lucky to be just 2 points behind from safety .
However, unless they improve their performance soon, that gap will widen.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Ramos, Bernat; Verratti, Ruiz, Vitinia; Soler; Neymar, Mbappe
Injured: Pereira, Mendes, Kimpembe, Sanchez
Lineup: Celery; Pierre-Gabriel, Niamsey, Perrin, Le Marchand, Delaine; Belgarde, Aholu; Thomason; Ayorque, Diallo
Injured: Dagba, Qandil
Ranking and Form in the league