Having the ‘virus Fifa’ as their greatest opponent, Paris Saint-Germain returns to defend this Saturday, November 18, the isolated leadership and invincibility in the French Championship 2017/2018 edition. From 14h (Brasília time) you will receive Nantes at the Parc des Princes in Paris. The match is part of the schedule of the thirteenth round of Ligue 1.
PSG’s recent performance
Analysts are almost unanimous in considering PSG as virtual tournament champion even with a gigantic anticipation. Alone, the biggest investment in his football department that all rivals added, the only doubts that arise regarding his campaign in Ligue 1 is with how many rounds in advance the title will be set and if the achievement will be without defeats.
As it is a dispute with 38 rounds with departures in the round-trip system, the possibility of not realizing the first forecast is negligible. But the threat of losing invincibility always exists. Especially in matches like this one on Saturday. Not by the power of the adversary, but by the lack of adequate preparation on the part of the Parisian team.
In the last two weeks the Unai Emery technician practically can not give training. After all, most of their athletes were out serving their national team in qualifying matches for the World Cup in Russia or in preparatory matches for the 2018 World Cup.
The so-called ‘Fifa virus’, as they are called the bruises suffered by players when they are with their selections and end up causing problems for the clubs, usually attacks. In PSG made as victim the Italian midfielder Marco Veratti. He suffered an injury in the first match of the European qualifying play-off against Sweden in Stockholm.
In addition to seeing your selection be out of the 2018 World Cup, you may have to stay away from the field until you recover from the injury. The club has yet to announce an official forecast of its return. It will depend on the tests that must be done to determine the severity of the injury.
Other athletes may be out of the game due to excessive wear on matches and also on trips. This, however, will only be determined a little before the duel. Another factor that could increase the number of holders left out of action is the home game against Celtic for the fifth round of the Champions League group stage on 22 January.
Despite qualifying for the last 16 of the continental competition, the tournament is the top priority of the season for the club and also for many players, such as Brazilian striker Neymar, who are looking to break records. So, even if the game is almost friendly, many athletes certainly will not want the opportunity to improve their numbers and maintain 100% PSG in the tournament. In the French Championship, the team leads with 32 points (ten wins and two draws). He has the best attack (39 goals) and the weakest defense (eight goals).
The current form of Nantes
This scenario could make life easier for Nantes, who had the opportunity to use the stoppage in their preparation for the game and try to improve their performance in the French Championship which is already considered above expectations.
With 23 points (seven wins, two draws and three defeats), he is fifth in Ligue 1. He is one point behind the Oympique de Marseille, which in the fourth position closes the classification zone for European tournaments.
Coached by Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, who entered the history of football by being Premier League champion with little Leicester, he has virtually all of his squad available for the match. The only doubt is in relation to striker Kalifa Coulibaly (four games in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 season, no goal). He suffered a groin injury that took him out of the last five games. It depends on a new evaluation to know if you can be available to face the Parisian team.
History of the matches PSG vs Nantes
The Parisian team won the last 13 matches they played with Nantes. The unbeaten run, however, reaches 18 games (16 wins and two draws). Nantes’ most recent win in the duel came in 2004, 1-0, at home. In the capital, the last victory was in 2002, by 3 to 2, by Liga Glass.
The ‘hangover’ of the ‘Fifa date’ opens the possibility for more risky hunches in a duel where normally the PSG would be ample favorite. Tie is a good option. Has a price of 9.00 in Bet365. Success of home owners pays 1.10. With a prize of 21.00 the Nantes is considered the great underdog of the round.