With the guaranteed classification, the PSG defends its 100% use in the Champions League this Wednesday, 22 November. At the Parc des Princes, in the French capital, welcomes Celtic. The game is part of the fifth round schedule of the group stage of the 2017/2018 continental tournament and is scheduled to start at 17:45 GMT.
After scoring 12 points, Paris Saint-Germain secured their place in the last 16 with two rounds in advance. It remains to confirm the first placement, which would avoid a confrontation with another group champion in the next phase. The vice-lead of key B is with Bayern, who has nine points. The Scots, with three, occupy the third position followed by the Anderlecht, which has not yet scored.
PSG’s recent performance
Less important than the early confirmation of the first place, something that seems irreversible, as the French club thrashed Bayern by 3 to 0, in the initial round, Paris Saint-Germain still defends a long invincibility.
The most recent defeat of the Brazilian team Neymar happened in April for the French Championship. It took 3 to 1 of Nice. Since then, the richest club in France has played 22 official matches. He won 19 and drew three.
On Saturday, November 18, he took another step to regain the hegemony of the French Championship. Also at home, he beat Nantes 4-1. He thus got 35 points (11 wins and two draws) out of 39 possible. It extended to six its front in the comparison with the Monaco, vice-leader.
The search for records seems to be enough motivation for coach Unai Emery to put a team very close to the starting lineup on Wednesday. But not just that. Despite spending a fortune in hiring reinforcements, PSG is not comparable in quality to the European giants. It has only 22 athletes in the main cast while other rivals outnumber the home of three dozen athletes.
This makes the Emery relay options limited, unless the trainer gives opportunities to base division athletes, which does not seem to be very likely.
In addition, there are inescapable embezzlements for the game as, for example, the midfielder Thiago Mota (eight games in the French Championship season 2017/2018, a goal). He is injured and will hardly be released by the medical department to face Celtic.
The current form of Celtic
The Scots still have a mission in the two remaining days. They fight for the conservation of the third place. That would give them the right to play in the Europa League in the second half of the season.
It is not the most difficult task, although they can not score on Wednesday. It will depend on the game against Anderlecht, at home, in the final round. If the Belgians do not score against Bayern, they can secure the place even with a loss by two goals difference. Anderlecht win or draw against the Germans, a draw in Glasgow will suffice.
The tranquility of Celtic is amplified by the good campaign in the Scottish Championship. The team beat Ross County 1-0 at home on Saturday to increase their lead to six points compared to second-placed Aberdeen, who were beaten 2-0 at home, to Motherwell. The current national champion has 33 points (ten wins and three draws). It counts on the best attack (30 goals) and the defense less leaked (six tries) of the season.
To face PSG, coach Brendan Rogers has three probable losses. Defender Anthony Ralston (three matches in the 2017/2018 Scottish season without a goal) and Erik Sviatchenko (no-show) and midfielder Patrick Roberts (five games without a goal) are in the infirmary.
History of the PSG vs Celtic matches
The first time they met in the first round of the 2017/2018 Champions League, PSG thrashed Celtic 5-0 at home.
Although there is the possibility that some PSG players may be spared, the measure should not reach, for example, the pair of Neymar strikers (nine matches in the French Championship 2017/2017, seven goals) and Edinson Cavani (12 matches, 15 goals ), who are fighting for artillery in the continental competition. This makes the French follow as the best guess option with a price of 1.10 on Bet365. Draw has a prize of 13.00 and the Scots are considered the greatest underdogs of the round. If they win in the French capital, the investment in this possibility will be multiplied by 23.00.