A repeat of Sunday's epic?
Three days after the epic 3-3 draw at the Parc des Princes, Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain travel to Monaco in search of a better outcome. Robert Moreno’s men on the other hand may be quietly confident going into this one having put in an outstanding counter-attacking display on Sunday creating plenty of opportunities, on another day they would have taken all three points. Despite causing constant headaches for Marquinhos and Thiago Silva, they did lose the expected goals battle 3.18 – 1.95 though they managed more shots and had equal corners obtaining just 39% possession, heightening anticipation for Wednesday evening’s clash no end.
Monaco have won their last six Ligue 1home games on the bounce, though they are still underdogs with the bookies after their eye-catching performance last time out. Eight of their last nine home games have brought over 2.5 goals, averaging a total of 4.22 which is the most in the division. A quick start is on the cards just as was the case on Sunday with three goals inside 15 minutes, as the last three head-to-heads at Stade Louis II have seen the opener come in the first 20 minutes.
PSG have not conceded before the half hour mark in all away trips this term, combined with scoring in 43 of their last 44 outings on the road is a pretty astounding record. 10 of Ligue 1 top goal getter Wissam Ben Yedder’s 14 finishes have come at Stade LouisII so expect both defences to be brutally examined on Wednesday evening.
Seven places and 17 points separate these two with the table topping visitors remaining strong favourites to get the victory. Monaco despite their eighth position have the second most potent attack in Ligue 1 trailing the Parisians by 12 goals, intriguingly for the last 15 matches, Monaco sit third with 27 points and impressively averaging two goals per game. A win here would remarkably push the Red and Whites up to fourth, which would give them superb momentum in challenging for European qualification after a couple of lacklustre recent campaigns.
The rich club only avoided relegation by two points in 2018/19 totaling an appalling 36 points from the 38-game campaign. This took place with them still looking alarmingly good on the paper with Radamel Falcao leading the line up front, who has since departed for Galatasaray.
Monaco have to build on the platform they set in an extremely positive performance through adversity on Sunday, they may not get the win but will put in another display that demands the respect of the division in front of their home faithful.