Paris Saint-Germain hosts Nice in the Coupe de France 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Monday, January 31st at Parc des Princes (Paris)
Mauricio Pochettino’s team started their performance in the French Cup from the 1/32 finals. The current holders of the trophy hammered Feignies-Aulnoye (0-3) and Vannes (0-4). PSG has been undefeated in the local arena in recent months. The last defeat in Ligue 1 happened in early October in an away match against Rennes (2-0). After that failure, the Parisians have not lost to their opponents in 15 consecutive matches in the championship and the French Cup. The superiority of the Red-Blues over the rest of the French clubs was once again manifested on January 23 in the home game with Reims (4-0). Curiously, only defenders and midfielders upset the opponents’ goalkeeper in that game: Marco Verratti scored a brace, and Sergio Ramos and Danilo Pereira scored one goal each.
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Christophe Galtier’s team also started their performances in the tournament from the 1/32 finals. Nice defeated Cholet (0-1) and missed the 1/8 finals due to the disqualification of Paris and Lyon. The Eaglets are approaching the match against the Parisians in great shape. Galtier’s men have won six consecutive matches in all competitions since the beginning of December. A successful streak helped Nice to take second place in the French Ligue 1 standings. However, Marseille is still superior to Nice in terms of lost points. On January 23, the Eaglets scored three points in an away match against Metz, which is in the relegation zone (0-2). Amine Gouiri turned out to be the hero of that game: he converted a penalty and made an assist to Khephren Thuram.
PSG is considered the favorite in the confrontation between the leaders of the French championship. Pochettino’s team has a more solid lineup and an advantage in head-to-head matches. Another circumstance in favor of the Parisians is the statistics of their games at the Parc des Princes. The Red-Blues have beaten all their opponents at home this season, except for Nice (0-0). The Eaglets formally have fewer chances of success, but they are capable of offering battle to the favorite. The Parisians will be more vulnerable than in the last games due to the absence of several important players. Having avoided serious losses, Nice can take advantage of the personnel problems of the hosts.