Monaco are currently giving PSG their toughest battle for the Ligue 1 crown in years, but the title rivals will need to put their league aspirations on hold as this weekend sees the two sides face off on Saturday night in Lyon in the Coupe de la Ligue final.
In addition to lifting silverware, winning the trophy would fire another warning shot for the league battles ahead. Frankly, the first final held away from the Stade de France since 1998 should be an explosive affair from start to finish, and you wouldn’t want to miss it.
Monaco Out To End PSG’s Stranglehold
Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco have been simply magnificent this season and are currently top of the league and through to the last eight of the Champions League. Lifting their first piece of silverware since gaining promotion back to Ligue 1 would signal another massive landmark on their journey back to the summit of French football – and they’ll certainly fancy their chances at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
The principality club’s scoring record in 2016-17 has been nothing short of sensational. Whether it’s Kylian Mbappe or any of their other attacking stars, they always seem to carry a huge threat in the attacking third.
Moreover, the Monegasques are unbeaten domestically since before Christmas, a run that includes a 1-1 away draw at PSG. Monaco have also beaten their opponents at home this term. Despite entering this final as underdogs, they have every chance of winning the cup for only the second time in their history.
If they do, it may be the catalyst for further honours also.
PSG Bidding For Fourth Straight Cup Win
Unai Emery’s first year in Paris certainly hasn’t been easy. As well as dropping out of the Champions League in mind-blowing circumstances, they also find themselves sitting second in Ligue 1. However, a cup win on Saturday night would signal a great first step in the rebuilding mission.
The Parisians have won in each of the past three seasons, making them the competition’s most successful club with six wins. Meanwhile, like Monaco, they enter this clash having not lost a single domestic game in 2017. It certainly won’t be an easy game, but they can be confident about retaining the cup.
Monaco may have more goal sources, but Edinson Cavani is the most dangerous attacker on the pitch. The Uruguayan has scored a goal per game this term, and will be determined to end his mini drought of two games without one on Saturday night.
If he doesn’t, the likes of Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler are more than capable of producing some magic. Whatever it should be a fascinating final. Let’s just hope the two teams deliver.
Monaco v PSG French League Cup Final Betting
The holders are favourites for this one, but odds of 21/20 suggest that Ladbrokes don’t think PSG will have it all their own way. Monaco, meanwhile, are available at 23/10. Alternatively, if you think it will go to extra-time, the draw is available at 13/5.
Both teams have rested star players en route to the final, but it would be a surprise if the best XIs aren’t selected for this one. While many think PSG are too good for their opponents, the recent head-to-heads prove that Monaco are the real deal.
PSG shouldn’t be dismissed as they are still a great team. Nonetheless, they aren’t the team that they were 12 months ago. It might not happen in 90 minutes, but we’re backing the underdogs to cause a minor upset.
All eyes will be on Mbappe, but it’s another young star that we’re backing to find the target for the underdogs. Thomas Lemar has been brilliant on both wings, alerting the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.
Back the 21-year-old to show his quality once more by scoring at anytime.