4 May 2019
Saturday’s Ligue 1 action starts in Paris as out-of-form Paris Saint-Germain welcome OGC Nice to Parc des Princes hoping to bounce back after midweek’s 3-2 away loss to Montpellier.
The reigning Ligue 1 holders are going through the worst period this campaign having picked up just one triumph in their last five league outings (W1, D1, L3), with all of this games featuring over 3.5 goals. PSG’s drop-off in form is mainly related to their defensive performances. Thomas Tuchel’s men have not only failed to preserve a clean slate in six straight games across all competitions, but they’ve allowed over 1.5 match goals five times in that period. Nonetheless, the Parisians still boast an almost perfect home record (W16, D1), as they remain the only French team that has yet to lose at home this term. What’s more, PSG’s tally of 58 scored home goals is by far L1’s highest, as they have netted over 1.5 match goals in 14 of 17 L1 home clashes.
Meanwhile, an indifferent form over their last three league games (W1, D1, L1) will probably cost the visitors the Europa League promotion, as they currently sit eight points adrift of fourth-placed St. Etienne, with four L1 fixtures left to go. Still, Les Aiglons go into this encounter off the back of a stunning 3-0 win over Guingamp. Notably, 12 of Nice’s 14 L1 triumphs have seen them beat their rivals to nil, while four of their five L1 away wins ended with the same 1-0 scoreline in their favor. However, for Nice, goals have been at a premium in their last 14 L1 road games, as Patrick Vieira’s players have scored one goal or less across all of those clashes, with just one of seven goals they’ve bagged in that period coming before the halftime break.
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