PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne, Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Live Stream, Ligue 1 gameweek 18

Paris Saint-Germain take on AS St. Etienne in what should be an exciting game of football in the Ligue 1, and Alley Sport brings you the PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne. The Parisians only recently sacked manager Thomas Tuchel after a 4-0 win over Strasbourg on the eve of Christmas. With Pochettino rumoured to be announced very soon as the new manager, there is a lot of intrigue around the club and how start Neymar and Kylian Mbappe would respond to the new appointment.

PSG PSG's start forwards Mbappe (left) and Neymar (right), celebrating a goal against RB Leipzig | Source: Getty Images, PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne
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PSG’s start forwards Mbappe (left) and Neymar (right), celebrating a goal against RB Leipzig | Source: Getty Images, PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne

St Etienne vs PSG, Match preview

PSG started their Ligue 1 campaign a little later than usual because of their run in the 2019/20 Champions League, where the reached the final. A slow start to their season saw the Parisians lower down the table in the initial stages of the season. However, the team have performed commendably to turn it around since then, and find themselves in 3rd place, just one point from the top of the table. Under these circumstances, manager Tuchel’s dismissal came as a surprise. All eyes will be on Pochettino now, as he is expected to take over the team before the match against St Etienne.

PSG recorded a comfortable 4-0 win over Strasbourg in their last game of 2020, with goals from 18-year-old academy player Timothee Pembele, Kylian Mbappe, and summer signings Idrissa Gueye and Moise Kean.

Their opponents for this week, AS St Etienne were denied 3 points against AS Monaco, in a thrilling 2-2 draw. The coming match will also be crucial for St Etienne in their race to survive relegation. PSG could potentially go top of the table, if results elsewhere also go in their favour. It would be a statement of intent from Pochettino, should he take the job.

PSG players Moise Kean (left) and Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrate a goal in their 4-0 win against Strasbourg | Source: Freetips.com, PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne
PSG players Moise Kean (left) and Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrate a goal in their 4-0 win against Strasbourg | Source: Freetips.com, PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne

St Etienne vs PSG, Latest Team News

Whoever is announced as the new PSG manager, will immediately have to deal with the injury crisis at the Parc de Princes outfit. World-record signing Neymar Jr is out with a sprained ankle and so is fellow attacker Mauro Icardi. Full-backs Florenzi, Bernat, Kurzawa and central defenders Diallo and Kimpembe will also sit this one out. Midfielders Danilo Pereira and Leandro Paredes, along with winger Pablo Sarabia are also out injured.

AS St Etienne also have a fair share of players missing this fixture due to injury. Gabriel Silva, Panagiotis Retsos, goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier, Wahbi Khazri and full back Yvann Macon are on the sidelines.

Mauricio Pochettino, who led Tottenham to their first ever Champions League final, is the frontrunner for the vacant PSG job | Source: Getty Images, PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne
Mauricio Pochettino, who led Tottenham to their first ever Champions League final, is the frontrunner for the vacant PSG job | Source: Getty Images, PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne

PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne

Since PSG have not yet announced a new manager at the time of writing, with Pochettino the bookies’ favourite, we are unclear as to what tactical approach the new manager would consider. Come what may, world-class forward Kylian Mbappe is expected to be the focal point in the absence of both Neymar and Icardi.

Moise Kean and Angel Di Maria could support Mbappe in attack. Youngsters such as Mitchel Bakker, Colin Dagba and Timothee Pembele are expected to be involved. Midfield playmaker Marco Verratti is also an important player and can be the deciding factor in a system that favours him. Captain Marquinhos is sure to play at the heart of defence with Thilo Kehrer by his side. Keylor Navas should be the first-choice goalkeeper.

PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne

GK: Keylor Navas

CB: Thilo Kehrer

CB: Marquinhos

CB: Mitchel Bakker

RWB: Timothee Pembele

LWB: Colin Dagba

CM: Marco Verrati

CM: Rafinha

ST: Moise Kean

RW: Angel Di Maria

LW: Kylian Mbappe

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St Etienne vs PSG, Score predictions

PSG are going through an injury crisis and are without a manger at the time of writing. However, the quality and experience in their squad should see them through this fixture against struggling St Etienne, who last won a league match against PSG in November 2012. We expect a 2-0 win for the visitors.

World-record signing Neymar Jr adds to his long list of injuries in his PSG career, as he is sidelined for their game against St Etienne | Source: Getty Images, PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne
World-record signing Neymar Jr adds to his long list of injuries in his PSG career, as he is sidelined for their game against St Etienne | Source: Getty Images, PSG predicted lineup vs St Etienne

St Etienne vs PSG, Live Stream

Fans in India, unfortunately cannot watch the match on TV since there are no official broadcasters for Ligue 1 in the country. They can however, catch the action on the FanCode app from 0130 IST. French football fans can watch the game on Telefoot Stadium 1 from 9:00 pm CEST.

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