On Wednesday night, PSG and Monaco do battle for a place in the Coupe de France semi-finals
It's all to play for on Wednesday night as Paris Saint-Germain play host to AS Monaco for a place in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France. Both sides will look to join Saint-Etienne in the final four after their penalty shoot-out win over Boulogne on Tuesday.
Sunday's league meeting between the two sides was a rather drab and disappointing affair at the Stade Louis II. Neither side could find a way through to goal and even when PSG did create something, they lacked a cutting edge in the final third.
PSG were cautious and didn't throw many players from the midfield into the attack, all but stopping any chance of Monaco hitting on the break. Leandro Jardim's side looked tired after their Champions League exploits, and they will need to forget all about their 3-1 win over Arsenal in order to get one over on the Parisians.
The amount of players missing from Wednesday's game will have a huge impact on both sides. For PSG, they are without Zlatan Ibrahimovic through suspension plus injuries to Serge Aurier, Yohan Cabaye, Lucas Moura and Thiago Motta. Jardim is scraping the barrel when it comes to centre-backs, with Wallace and Aymen Abdennour suspended and Andrea Raggi and Ricardo Carvalho still injured. It looks like Nigerian left-back Echiejile will step in beside Captain Toulalan.
With Monaco's defence epitomising the meaning of the word make-shift, PSG need to show more going forward at the Parc des Princes. Putting the defence under pressure should give them enough opportunities to break the deadlock, but only if they don't squander too many chances.
If they do push a little higher up the pitch it could give Monaco the space they need to play on the counter, helping them to create their own chances. Dimitar Berbatov's return to the starting line-up could be key, Anthony Martial started on Sunday and he wasn't able to hold the ball up enough, leaving him rather isolated.
PSG needing to play more expansive on Wednesday could hopefully open the game up, giving the Parisian crowd more of a spectacle. Well, let’s hope so.
PSG: 4-3-3 - Douchez - Van der Wiel, Camara, Thiago Silva, Digne - David Luiz, Verratti, Rabiot - Lavezzi, Pastore, Cavani
Monaco: 4-2-3-1 - Stekelenburg - Touré, Toulalan, Echiejile, Kurzawa - Fabinho, Kondogbia - Dirar, Moutinho, Ferreira Carrasco – Berbatov