At Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain will aim to conclude 2023 on a high note as they take on Metz in a midweek Ligue 1 fixture.
Paris Saint-Germain were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Lille, whereas Metz suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Montpellier HSC in their previous outings.
Paris Saint-Germain, despite their attacking prowess, faced difficulties breaking down Lille’s defense and ended up with a draw, allowing them to maintain a five-point lead in the league table.
Unbeaten in their last 11 league matches, PSG will look to maintain their momentum and secure victory against Metz before the break, with their focus soon shifting to cup competitions in January.
Metz, on the other hand, has recently faced struggles in front of goal, failing to score in their last three games.
Despite a notable unbeaten run in November, they have slipped into inconsistent performances, which have left them in a precarious position in the mid-table.
However, PSG has a commanding record against Metz, winning their last 13 encounters. Metz faces an uphill task against the champions, aiming to overcome their historical struggles against the Parisian side.
PSG will welcome Gianluigi Donnarumma back after a two-match suspension, strengthening their goalkeeper position.
However, Sergio Rico, Keylor Navas, Nuno Mendes, Presnel Kimpembe, Fabian Ruiz, Goncalo Ramos, and Carlos Soler are among the absentees for the champions.
Metz might see Oscar Estupinan and Aboubacar Lo sidelined due to physical concerns, while Kevin N’Doram will vie for a starting spot in midfield.
Paris Saint-Germain: (4-3-3)
Hakimi, Marquinhos, Skriniar, Hernandez;
Zaire-Emery, Ugarte, Vitinha;
Barcola, Kolo Muani, Mbappe
Colin, Traore, Herelle, Cande, Udol;
Van Den Kerkhof, Jacques, N’Doram, Asoro;
Prediction: Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Metz
Despite a solid defense from Metz, PSG’s attacking prowess at home is likely to be overwhelming. PSG’s desire to finish the year strongly should result in a comfortable victory, extending their dominance against Metz to secure three points before the year-end celebrations.