Predictions for Coupe de France. As Paris Saint-Germain faces AS Monaco in the Coupe de France final on Wednesday, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for his first major trophy as a coach.
On Wednesday, Paris Saint-Germain will play AS Monaco in the Coupe de France final at the famous Stade de France, providing a welcome distraction.
After a disastrous season that saw them during a Ligue 1 title that lasted until the final matchday as well as an embarrassing elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Manchester City. It will be an opportunity for PSG to win their first major prize in the 2020/21 campaign.
Les Parisiens, on the other hand, have done well in the Coupe de France, winning convincingly against Brest, Lille, and Angers before edging Montpellier in the semi-final.
On the other hand, Monaco is having a fantastic season under Niko Kovac and is one of three clubs still in contention for the Ligue 1 title coming into the final day of the season. They, too, have faced difficult opponents in the Coupe de France, including OGC Nice, Metz, and Lyon.
On the other hand, Les Monegasques had a field day in the semi-final against GFA Rumilly Vallieres, a fourth-tier team whose road to the semi-final was one of the highlights of this year’s Coupe de France.
On the other hand, Monaco will be hoping to focus on securing the trophy, and we’ll take a deeper look at these two teams here at the Barcelona Agency ahead of the Coupe de France final this week.
Tactics & Team News
Pochettino will have to make some significant team selection selections while also keeping an eye on the critical weekend league match against Brest.
The Argentine was given a major setback over the weekend when Neymar was sent off for a yellow card, knocking him out of the cup final. Julian Draxler’s extra injury doesn’t help matters either. The German international will be joining Layvin Kurzawa and Mateo Veratti on the bench.
Pochettino does, however, have choices, with Rafinha expected to start in the number ten position. Along with Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria, the Spaniard should form a creative trio to provide goalscoring opportunities for Moise Kean, the lone striker. Predictions for Coupe de France.
Given that Leandro Paredes expected to return to the fray, there could be changes in the midfield. The Argentine should play with Ander Herrera in the double pivot, seeking to maintain control in the middle of the park.
PSG will be without Presnel Kimpembe due to suspension. Ensuring a starting position for Thilo Kehrer alongside Marquinhos in the four-man backline.
In the absence of Kurzawa, Mitchell Bakker should give another chance at left-back. However, Pochettino may opt to rotate on the opposite wing, with Alessandro Florenzi replacing Colin Dagba.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kehrer, Bakker; Paredes, Herrera; Di Maria, Rafinha, Mbappe; Kean
PSG has been defeated twice this season by Niko Kovac. Who has used his aggressive style of play to stifle Les Parisiens’ creative outlets. They’ve also put a greater emphasis on holding possession. This is where Youssouf Fofana and Aurelien Tchouameni, the midfield combo, could be crucial this week.
These two will play at the base of the 4-4-1-1, looking to close down spaces in the middle of the park for PSG passers, forming a solid pressing chain that shields the center-backs.
In possession, both teams are likely to pass the ball out wide, attacking PSG’s weak fullbacks with runners like Gelson Martins and Aleksandr Golovin, or rely on Kevin Volland and Wissam Ben Yedder’s runs in behind the backline.
With Golovin doing the opposite by moving infield, Volland will have some positional freedom and may even drift out wide. It will be more difficult for PSG to mark the players, as Monaco prefers to punish them with counter-attacks.
In defense, Kovac’s team can’t afford to take any chances against Mbappe’s speed. As a result, both Benoit Badiashile and Guillerme Maripan, the center-backs, should play conservatively by staying deep in their lines.
However, Monaco might make a left-sided change, with right-back Djibril Sidibe staying deep to counter Mbappe’s pace. At the same time, Caio Henrique should move forward more frequently to assist attackers, especially with Golovin shifting infield.
Probable Lineup (4-4-1-1): Majecki; Sidibe, Maripan, Badiashile, Henrique; Martins, Fofana, Tchouameni, Golovin; Volland; Ben Yedder
- Up to the semi-final, when fourth-division team Rumilly Vallieres scored in a 2-1 victory for Les Monegasques. AS Monaco had not conceded a single goal Coupe de France this season.
- PSG had a similar record before conceding twice in the semi-final against Montpellier, including a late equalizer from Andy Delort.
- Monaco has a Ligue 1 double against PSG, having defeated them 3-2 at home. Before winning 2-0 at Parc des Princes in February.
- Monaco has won the Coupe de France a total of five times. They were last victorious in 1991, which was about 30 years ago.
- On the other hand, PSG had won the competition 13 times, the most recent of which was last season. When they defeated Lyon in the final.
Player to Watch
In the absence of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe is again the focal point of PSG’s offense. As the French giants attempt to win their 14th league cup trophy this week.
Mbappe has been out for the majority of this month, and he has a point to show after being chastised for his performance in the first leg against Manchester City. After missing three games due to injury and suspension, he returned in the semi-final against Montpellier, scoring both of PSG’s goals.
In the win over Reims, the Frenchman also scored, but he has been largely unsuccessful in the games against Monaco. As a result, it will be intriguing to see how the attacker manages to get past Niko Kovac’s men’s defensive approach, knowing that he won’t give any space.
Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 AS Monaco
We could be in for another surprise, albeit given AS Monaco’s performance versus PSG this season. It might not be so surprising.
Indeed, Kovac’s team has been the superior team throughout the campaign. They’re in better form, have greater discipline, and, while their talent isn’t as good, they know how to play against the big guns. It has been clear in their performances thus far, and the Barcelona Agency anticipates Les Monegasques will win the Coupe de France final by a slim margin this midweek. Predictions for Coupe de France.