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OL-PSG: A duel at the top (9pm, Canal +)

Published on 21 March 2021 at 6:00 AM
OL - PSG : Duel au sommet (21h, Canal +)
OL welcome Paris Saint-Germain to conclude Matchday 30 in Ligue 1. Level on points, the two teams are both aiming for victory to stay in contact with the leaders, Lille, and keep their opponents as far away as possible.

The context

By snatching a point from a draw against Reims last week, OL did not do the worst among their fellow contenders on the weekend because, at the same time, Lille and Monaco drew against each other while PSG conceded a surprise defeat against Nantes, which is fighting for survival. Thus, the Lyonnais were able to pick up one point on the Parisians and now have the same number of points: 60, three behind LOSC, who are still leading. If Monaco are still pressing the contender from fourth place, it is ahead that the Lyonnais will have to look this Sunday. Having been less successful at home lately, OL would do well to get another big result as if they win, they would be off to a good start before the run-in.

 

The challenge

For this first direct confrontation of the season's second half, OL can strike a blow and keep Paris Saint-Germain three points behind. A victory would also allow OL to consolidate second place behind Lille. The objective is obviously to stay in contact with the northern side as long as possible before they visit Groupama Stadium in April for a match on which plenty will be riding. In the meantime, Rudi Garcia's men have to face a tough opponent who will probably want to take revenge after suffering defeat at the Parc des Princes in the reverse fixture. Deprived of European play this season, OL's supporters are counting on these big matches to  bring about those emotions that they miss so much, and to dream a little more of a magical end to the season.

 

The opponent

Seven losses in 29 matches, including four at home and a change of coach during the season. It has been a long time since three-time defending champions Paris Saint-Germain have endured so much difficulty in the league. However, despite this "average" season, the capital club remain well in contention for the title and are still far from having spoken their last word. Still in the Champions League after knocking out FC Barcelona, Marquinhos and his teammates might be less physically fresh than their Lyon or Lille counterparts in the run-in, but they still have the experience of previous seasons with more than 50 matches. Finally, they should soon hope for players like Neymar, Kean or Florenzi to be fit again after missing some time out recently and thus approach their next set of fixtures with more certainty. It is up to OL to give everything to put them under pressure.

 

 

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