Paris Saint-Germain are 12 points clear of second-place Rennes in the Ligue 1 title race. On Wednesday night, Les Parisiens host third-place Nice at the Parc des Princes. Nice are patrolled on the touchline by manager Christoph Galtier, the man that masterminded Lille’s title triumph last season, ending Paris Saint-Germain's title winning streak.
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Galtier has turned Nice into a solid team that could challenge for the Ligue 1 title next season. For now, the Ligue 1 winning coach will aim to get the Eagles into the Champions League for the first time. A win away to Paris Saint-Germain will prove that Nice are team with big ambitions.
Fourteen points separate Nice from first-place Paris Saint-Germain. A title win is out of reach, but Nice can improve their chances of a top-three finish. In France, only the top two teams qualify directly for the Champions League while third-place achieves a qualification round place.
Paris Saint-Germain have won four straight Ligue 1 matches ahead of matchday 16. Nice are coming off of a 1-0 home loss to Metz, their second defeat in three league matches. Can Galtier lead Nice to a win in Paris?
Paris Saint-Germain vs Nice Betting Odds
Paris Saint-Germain took 16 points from the last 18 on offer. They had the joint-most points over the last six matches in Ligue 1. Mauricio Pochettino’s team scored 14 goals while conceding just three times. Reports have indicated Pochettino could be Manchester United’s next coach while Zinedine Zidane is linked with Les Parisiens. Those coaching links came after last week’s Champions League loss to Manchester City.
Nice obtained 10 points from the last 18 available in Ligue 1. They outscored opponents 8-7 over the course of those six games. Nice have scored Ligue 1’s fourth-most goals this season with 25. Galtier puts an emphasis on defence and defence is what led Lille to the Ligue 1 title last term. Nice have conceded the joint-fewest goals in the league with just 12 allowed.
Bookies’ best betting odds on a Paris Saint-Germain win at full-time are at 4/9. Les Parisiens are unbeaten in seven straight games in all competitions versus Nice. The Eagles haven’t defeated Paris Saint-Germain since the 2016-17 season. Les Parisiens are perfect at the Parc des Princes this season with 21 points from 21 available.
Nice are at the best betting odds of 13/2 to win at full-time. They have failed to win their last seven matches versus Paris Saint-Germain.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Nice Team News
Galtier could be without up to four players for the fixture. Midfielder Pablo Rosario is ruled out of the fixture due to a suspension. Defender Youcef Atal is a doubt following a muscle strain. Forward Evann Guessand has a sprained ankle and is a doubt to play. Meanwhile, Robson Bambu is a doubt with an ankle injury of his own.
Pochettino will be without Neymar until January. The Brazilian suffered another ankle ligament injury during the team’s recent win over Saint-Etienne. He will miss a handful of matches. Forward Mauro Icardi is a doubt as is midfielder Marco Verratti. Midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum, Ander Herrera, and Julian Draxler are all doubts to make the squad.
Reports this week indicate goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma could seek a transfer away from Paris. He has played back-up for parts of the season to Keylor Navas. The lack of playing time and being one of the world’s best shot-stoppers has apparently made Donnarumma unhappy in the French capital.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Nice H2H
Nice have not defeated Paris Saint-Germain since the 2016-17 season. Seven straight games between Paris Saint-Germain and Nice have ended without a loss for the Les Parisiens. Pochettino will aim to continue that trend, however, Nice are now managed by Christoph Galtier.
The French manager masterminded Lille’s title win last term after building the club a strong spine. He is doing the same with Nice and next season, with a little more money spent in the transfer market, Galtier could have a team to rival Paris Saint-Germain in the title race.
Nice are Ligue 1’s second-best away team in terms of points. They have taken 15 points from 21 on offer away from home and are on a two-match winning streak.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Nice Prediction
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Paris Saint-Germain's last six games in all competitions ended with both teams scoring goals. Pochettino’s team is conceding goals, but that is what typically happens when three players do not track back. Paris Saint-Germain have allowed 22 goals in 20 matches in all competitions. Five of Nice’s last eight matches in all competitions ended with both teams scoring. Our betting tips prediction is for both teams to score at the end of full-time.
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Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in seven straight matches against Nice. They are Ligue 1’s in-form team and are good value to finish the night with a win. Four of Paris Saint-Germain's last 13 matches in all competitions saw them drawing at halftime and winning at full-time. Three of Nice’s 15 matches in all competitions went into the halftime break with them drawing. Our betting tips prediction is for the teams to be drawing at halftime and Paris Saint-Germain winning at full-time.
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Nice can make a statement by taking points off of Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. Even without a draw or win, Nice can show the rest of France that they are for real with a strong performance against Les Parisiens. Eight of Nice’s 15 Ligue 1 matches this season finished with over 2.5 goals scored.
Paris Saint-Germain saw their last six matches in all competitions end with over 2.5 goals scored. Les Parisiens’ defence has conceded goals in recent games, forcing the attack to bail them out. Our betting tips prediction is for over 2.5 goals to be scored with Paris Saint-Germain winning against a good Nice team.
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