AC Ajaccio vs Paris Saint-Germain match preview as the Parisians visit Stade François Coty
Hosting the Champions, home game for Ajaccio is unlikely to provide any comfort for the Acéistes who are still waiting for their first win at the François-Coty Stadium (D1, L4) this season, with Ajaccio’s current run of four home losses in the top-flight now being the longest in the club’s history.
Although Coach Olivier Pantaloni said he was “relieved” after Mounaïm El Idrissy netted a 88th-minute equaliser, Riad Nouri’s missed penalty in the 37th minute (the second for Ajaccio this season) understandably left him with some feeling of “regret”.
Just like their impressive 2:1 victory against Marseille on matchday ten, Ajaccio tried to replicate the scene against Troyes but only came from behind to pick up one point (1-1). They will try again when they host the boys from Paris on Friday night.
PSG themselves have not been impressive recently as they just bounced back from three straight competitive draws and won 1-0 against Marseille in the famous “Classique” last time out.
Prior to being the subject of boos at the Ballon d’Or awards over his reported desire to leave the club, Mbappe laid off Neymar for the Brazilian to poke home the winner off the post in first-half injury time, and Marseille’s hopes of a fightback were extinguished following Samuel Gigot’s straight red card.
Christophe Galtier was understandably pleased after lamenting about the fact that his team were unable to score a second goal. However, the Parisians will look to extend their current run of four away clean sheets in Ligue 1, and notably, a fifth shutout would mark their longest such run since early 2016.
While it was a far from spectacular Classique success, PSG ended a run of three consecutive draws last weekend and unsurprisingly travel to Ajaccio boasting the league’s best attacking and defensive records away from home, scoring 19 and conceding just one on rival turf so far this term.
AC Ajaccio vs Paris Saint-Germain Injury Update
Romain Hamouma (meniscus), Yoann Touzghar (ankle) and Qazim Laci (hamstring) all remain out of contention, and it is unlikely to see if centre-back Fernand Mayembo will be fit to play a part against the champions.
Ajaccio have two players returning from one-game bans this week in the names of left-back Ismael Diallo and attacker Cyrille Bayala, both of whom have been regular starters this term and will come into contention for immediate recalls.
PSG will be without Neymar on Friday as the 30-year-old will serve a one-game suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards, although he would have reportedly been doubtful either way as he appears in court to refute charges of fraud and corruption relating to his move from Santos to Barcelona, which he denies.
Sergio Ramos is serving the second of a two-game ban, Presnel Kimpembeis still out with a hamstring problem, Danilo Pereira who was forced off last game and Pembele are left with a thigh and knee injury respectively, Nuno Mendes is also nursing a hamstring injury of his own.
AC Ajaccio vs Paris Saint-Germain Fun Facts
PSG’s current run of last four games with under 1.5 teams goals is their longest such streak in over two years
PSG have scored 2+ goals in all but one of their previous four road trips to Ajaccio (W3, D1), as well as in their last four away games to newly promoted sides (W3, L1).
Each of PSG’s last four away games in Ligue 1 has seen them keep a clean sheet as Galtier seeks to impose his defensive nous onto the Parisiens XI.
Ajaccio are winless in seven meetings against the champions, whose most recent clash with Friday’s hosts in the 2014-15 Coupe de la Ligue ended in a 3-1 victory.
AC Ajaccio’s home record this season: 0-1-4.
PSG’s away record this season: 5-1-0.
PSG haven’t lost in their last 29 games.
AC Ajaccio vs Paris Saint-Germain Possible XI Line Up
Having discussed the available players of both sides going into the game, below is how Somtosport Line Up the teams’ Possible XI
AC Ajaccio Predicted Lineup:
Coach: Olivier Pantaloni
Leroy (GK); Youssouf, Gonzalez, Avinel, Diallo; Bayala, Marchetti, Coutadeur (C), Belaili; El Idrissy, Moussiti-Oko
PSG Predicted Lineup:
Coach: Christophe Galtier
Donnarumma (GK); Hakimi, Mukiele, Marquinhos, Bernat; Verratti, Vitinha, Ruiz; Messi; Mbappe, Ekitike