Coupe de France semifinal clash between PSG and St.Etienne, where both teams are looking forward to the win and the final of the cup.
PSG is soon meeting Barcelona in a major game of Champions League but still, they need to be at their best against St.Etienne too if they are willing to increase the silver wares at their closet. PSG is coming from a narrow away win against Marseille, where Andre-Pierre Gignac were too much to handle for Laurent Blanc’s side and Marseille pushed PSG to the limits. Marseille was leading the game twice 1-0 and 2-1, but PSG was able to make the comeback and after the own goal of Morel, Marseille was defeated.
There were two major setbacks for PSG in the game against Marseille; both David Luiz and Thiago Motta were injured and are expected to miss the game tonight. Because of these injuries there might be problems with PSG’s midfield, while there is rumors that Yohan Cabaye is unsettled to the team, if Cabaye is benched, there might be much of responsibility given to younger ones like Rabiot and Marquinhos. There is also some good news for the team while defender Gregory van der Weil should make his comeback and also Ezquiel Lavezzi might be returning to strengthen the attack of PSG.
St.Etienne is coming from quite good game against Monaco, they were able to snach a point from an away game, which ended in a 1-1 draw. St.Etienne recent form has been really good for them in every aspect; they have been unbeaten for seven games so far, so they are little by little getting their dreams alive and focus all of their strength on trying to win their first Coupe de France triumph since 1977. In the cup this is the first big test for after beating teams like Boulougne and Red Star. There is some bad luck with injuries in Etienne squad too; Midfielders Romain Hamouma and Jeremy Clement are doubtful and if they are out, its a huge blow for St.Etienne, while scorer Max Cradel is already out.
So, in this game PSG ofcourse is a huge favorite to win the game. Still i do not believe that St.Etienne is going to give it easily this time, even though they have not been able to win PSG since 2012. But in the recent form there is chance to Etienne to give a good fight in this one. And because the absences of Thiago Motta and David Luiz, I believe that even PSG is still strong in defense there will be chances for Etienne to score. Also there is a fact in the last 5 PSG home games and in last 5 Etienne away games BTTS has come true in 4/5.
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