Nice host PSG in the marquee fixture of the Ligue 1 weekend. Olympique de Marseille is the only team between them in the standings, but PSG is already 16 points ahead of their Saturday’s hosts.
Nice reach cup final
Christopher Galtier and Antoine Kombouare continued their fight for France football’s best coach of the season as they reached the Coupe de France final with OGC Nice and FC Nantes.
While Kombouare helped a team he inherited as a candidate for relegation to battling for Europe, Galtier is still among the top hierarchy after guiding Lille to the championship.
He took over Nice with the club having no part to play in European competitions. But that would certainly be changed next term as Nice is pushing for a Champions League berth with a similar philosophy to his Lille’s side.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 20:00 on Saturday 5th March 2022, and the entire match will be available on BT Sport 1.
Messi-Mbappe becoming a thing at PSG
PSG is starting to dream of a contract extension for their jewel Kylian Mbappe as the 23-years-old is leading the early race for the 2022 Ballon d’Or with mesmerizing displays weekly.
And he’s now linking up well with Lionel Messi as both led the assist chart in the league with ten. The Argentinian assisted Mbappe twice in PSG’s come from behind win against Saint-Etienne.
With Neymar also thriving after recovering from his injury, it’s now the time for PSG to get the best out of the three superstars. Ahead of the return leg against Real Madrid, Nice’s stubborn defense would be a big test for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
PSG scoreless in two games against Nice this season
Nice held PSG to a goalless draw in the corresponding league fixture. And the same scoreline was on display in their Coupe de France quarterfinal tie before Nice’s penalty shootout win. Galtier’s sides kept four clean sheets in their last five games against the mighty PSG.
OGC Nice & PSG Team News
Youcef Atal continues to be sidelined for most of the season as he’s now out with a shoulder injury.
PSG’s Argentinian midfielder Leandro Paredes is unavailable due to an adductor injury. Pochettino could give a thought on the idea of resting some key players for the midweek Champions League trip to Madrid.
PSG look to wrap up the title
Although most of their wins came with late forays, PSG is now almost certain of winning back the Ligue 1 title after last season’s surprise title by Galtier’s Lille. 15 points separate them with second-placed Marseille with Ligue 1 more competitive in the other fights than the one at the very top. Based on this weekend’s results, Nice could lose their Champions League spot to Strasbourg, who picked up a point from Allianz Riviera last week.
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