Paris Saint-Germain will be hoping to get back to winning ways tonight but they face an impressive OGC Nice who are potential dark horses for breaking into that top-three.
Tuesday’s 0-0 draw away to Angers warranted deserved acclaim for the hosts who put in a heartfelt display to clinch one of their most famous results. PSG had chances to win the game – Edinson Cavani and Angel di Maria in particular hitting the post – but you could not begrudge the highflying minnows. They fully deserved their point and the fairy-tale for them continues.
As for our hosts tonight, they may be coming off the back of a defeat and a goalless draw at Lorient last weekend, but two back to back wins against Marseille and Lyon emphasises the quality they do possess. They went on an incredible run from mid September onwards with four consecutive victories that were all emphatic. 3-1 away to Bastia followed by a 6-1 mauling of Bordeaux. Then for good measure, two consecutive 4-1 victories away at Saint-Etienne and Rennes.
The renaissance of Hatem Ben Arfa has been integral to the attacking play from OGCN. After all the kafuffle surrounding his move to the Allianz Riviera earlier in the year, he is their current top-scorer this term with seven goals. The team as a whole are the second highest scorers in the league with 30; seven off ourselves as we lead the way. Claude Puel’s men are currently in 5th, two points off third-placed Angers.
Javier Pastore will once again be missing from the group, as he is yet to recover from a groin problem. He has had rotten luck with injuries as of late – including conjunctivitis – but his coach is hopeful he will be ready to return to his best after the winter break: “Javier won’t make the trip to Nice. He’s still suffering from a groin strain and hasn’t started running again. Unfortunately, he’s had to endure a string of injuries. I hope he gets better and that we’ll have the great Pastore back in 2016”.