PSG will face AC Ajaccio in a Ligue 1 match on Saturday night, with the defending champions looking to get their title defence back on track. PSG has seen a dip in form since the World Cup, and injuries to key players have added to their woes. However, their recent 3-1 win over Troyes puts them in pole position to win their ninth Ligue 1 title in the last 11 seasons. Meanwhile, Ajaccio is struggling with the least potent attack in Ligue 1 this season and could be relegated if they suffer defeat against PSG.
Probable Lineups and Tactics
PSG will be without several key players, including Neymar, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, and Nordi Mukiele, who are all out for the season. However, Achraf Hakimi returns from suspension, and Lionel Messi is set to be restored from his exile. PSG is likely to deploy a 3-4-3 formation, with Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal, and Messi upfront alongside Hugo Ekitike and Kylian Mbappe.
Ajaccio lacks quality in comparison to PSG, but they will undoubtedly give it their all. They are likely to start in a 4-3-3 formation but will re-deploy to a 4-5-1 when not in possession. Mounaim El Idrissy will lead the line on the night and is likely to be fishing for long balls in an isolated role.
Prediction and Key Stats
PSG is the overwhelming favourite in the tie, and their ability to shine when under pressure is suspect. However, they are likely to end their long wait for a Ligue 1 clean sheet at home and take a step closer to retaining their league title. Lionel Messi should hold the keys to unlocking the visitors’ defence and will be keen to silence his critics. The game is unlikely to be aesthetically pleasing, but it will come as a surprise if PSG does not romp home comfortably in front of their own fans.
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