Tough Road Test for PSG
PSG was built to win it all, however, the Parisians will have to settle for the Ligue 1 title. Only a catastrophe would prevent them from dethroning Lille, especially if they defeat AS Monaco this Sunday.
Despite the 24-point gap between the two, I expect a fast-paced, close battle. The home side still has a lot to play for, while the visitors ran out of excuses. The odds board seems to agree with me as PSG comes in as the soccer betting favorite at +105.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Ligue 1 for Monaco vs PSG We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
AS Monaco Better than the Numbers Say
Prior to the start of the season, AS Monaco was among the betting online favorites to win the Ligue 1 title. Nevertheless, 28 games later, Philippe Clement’s team is sitting in eighth place, eight points behind fourth.
The funny thing is that we’re talking about a team that won its Europa League Group with an unbeaten record. Plus, they did extremely well against the other Ligue 1 top four teams. They defeated Marseille and Rennes and drew against Nice.
I’m telling you; this team has talent to spare, including Wissam Ben Yedder, the league’s top scorer with 15 goals. There’s also Kevin Volland, Gelson Martins, and Aleksandr Golovin. Monaco has scored more goals than Nice (third), Lille (sixth), and Nantes (seventh).
Finally, they’ve been a more reliable soccer pick when playing at home. They own a 7-4-4 record (4-4-6 on the road). Additionally, they finished with a clean sheet in four of their last five home games. That and a price of +240 makes them a tempting underdog.
PSG Embarrassed Enough
PSG’s main goal has always been to win the UCL. However, the Parisians couldn’t eliminate Real Madrid in the Round of 16 despite having a 2-0 advantage. Now, they can fully focus on winning the Ligue 1 with as many points as possible.
They defeated Bordeaux 3-0 in the last fixture. Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Leandro Paredes were the scorers. Mbappe shares the league’s scoring chart top spot with Ben Yedder. That was their first clean sheet over their last five games. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas returning to the starting lineup had a lot to do with that.
Domestically, PSG has only lost three games, the thing is that all three games were on the road. Even so, they deserve to be the online gambling favorites. They’ve no distractions, they’ll be well rested, and there are no major injuries to report.
The Parisians average 2.1 goals per game. They managed to keep the rhythm even when Neymar was out due to injury. On the other hand, they own the second best defensive record after allowing only 24 goals in 28 games. You can’t ask for more.
AS Monaco vs PSG Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 103
- AS Monaco Victories: 43 (116 goals)
- PSG Victories: 33 (120 goals)
- Draws: 27
Their first meeting finished with a 2-0 victory for PSG. Mbappe scored both goals, while Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi contributed with the assists. Curiously enough, AS Monaco made more shots on goal.
The Parisians own a 6-2-2 record in their last 10 encounters. Nevertheless, they lost 3-2 the last time they visited Stade Louis II.
AS Monaco vs PSG Game Information
- Date: Sunday, March 20
- Time: 8 a.m. ET
- Location: Stade Louis II, Monaco
- Live Stream: fuboTV
AS Monaco vs PSG Betting Lines
|AS Monaco||+½ -120||+275||3+105o||1½+150o
|Paris St Germain||-½ -110||-110||3-135u||1½-110o
AS Monaco vs PSG Prediction
Everyone blames Gianluigi Donnarumma for PSG’s defeat in Madrid. Yes, he made a huge mistake, but the team didn’t have to react as it did. The Parisians’ offensive power is uncanny. It shouldn’t matter if the opponent scored one goal, they should be able to score two in a jiffy. That’s exactly what I expect for this Sunday, that PSG’s offensive power prevails.
AS Monaco’s attacking unit is also good, so the home side will put up a good fight. However, they won’t be at 100%, physically speaking, after playing midweek in the UEL.
Score Prediction: PSG 2, AS Monaco 1