AS Monaco welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Stade Louis II and the principality this Sunday as Les Monegasques look to get back into the reckoning for Europe. Philippe Clement's men are six points off the continental places with time running out to position themselves to be in the mix while Mauricio Pochettino's Parisiens are 15 points clear at the Championnat summit despite their mixed form.
With both sides out of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League respectively, this clash has a poorer feel to it than usual: "There has been sadness about what we went through," said the Argentine in his pre-match press conference. "That is the feeling within the group. Everyone has been affected by this setback. We must continue to be competitive, to score goals and to win the league for a new title. We must mobilize and move forward."
Here is how you can watch the match and what to know:
- Date: Sunday, Mar. 20 | Time: 8 a.m. ET
- Location: Stade Louis II -- Monaco
- TV: beIN Sports
- Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
- Odds: Monaco +250; Draw +280; PSG -105 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Monaco: Cesc Fabregas and Krepin Diatta are both out, but Jean Lucas should be available while Aleksandr Golovin and Guillermo Maripan could both start.
PSG: Lionel Messi (ill), Angel Di Maria (injured), Sergio Ramos and Ander Herrera (both returning after the internationals ), as well as Juan Bernat and Layvin Kurzawa (both recovering) are all out.
Monaco: With just one win from their last eight across all competitions which included Europa League and Coupe de France exits, Clement's side are on a barren run at the worst possible time. In purely Ligue 1 terms, two wins from their last seven games is simply not good enough for a squad of this quality and they have already lost once to the capital club this season.
PSG: Pochettino and his players are still reeling from their Champions League disappointment and while they beat Bordeaux last weekend, the team still look vulnerable after their season petered out in embarrassing fashion with nothing left to play for bar a Ligue 1 title which they already have one hand on given their significant lead.
"It was a blow," admitted the South American on Saturday. "It will take time to go back to normal. With regards to my future, I am thinking about today. I want to finish the season as well as we can. We will see what happens at the end of the campaign and what the club wants to do."
"We are competitors by nature. This type of challenge is exciting. We feel capable of continuing. It is also a question of sitting down and looking at ideas to see the vision of the future. We have a lot to speak about with the club. After more than one year at the club, we have a thorough knowledge of the situation. We are better as a staff unit than when we arrived."
This one should be tight. There is no doubt that Monaco need the points more than PSG and that extra hunger, plus more interest than usual from the home fans given the opponent, should be enough to see ASM sneak three points. A draw would not be a major surprise but the Ligue 1 leaders are either on it or they are not with little to no middle ground.
Pick: Monaco 2-1 PSG.