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Paris Saint-Germain vs Auxerre Preview – Prediction, how to watch & potential line-ups

Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain will lock horns with promoted Auxerre at the Parc des Princes in their final outing ahead of the Qatar World Cup.

Christophe Galtier’s men have taken control of the top place on the back of an impressive 14-game unbeaten Ligue 1 start (W12, D2) and will enter the break as pacesetters regardless of the outcome of this match.

Goals from Neymar and Danilo Pereira on either side of half-time squeezed PSG past surprise package Lorient last weekend, helping them to a tight 2-1 away win.

Riding on a four-match winning league run, Les Parisiens are odds-on favourites to edge bottom-half Auxerre and at least maintain a five-point lead on second-placed Lens going into the break.

But with a bunch of Paris players getting set to travel to Qatar for the World Cup finals, it’s perhaps reasonable to expect them to take a cautious approach as they’ve done on so many occasions this season.

That’s probably the only thing that can comfort Auxerre manager Christophe Pellisier as his men desperately need points to stay clear of the drop zone.

A 1-1 draw away to Troyes in the previous round left AJA with one win across their last ten league fixtures (D3, L6), and a slender three-point lead on 17th-placed Ajaccio means a season-long fight for survival is on the cards.

Given the substantial gulf in class, Auxerre should be seeking much-needed points elsewhere, but rolling over this early in the season is not a luxury they can afford. 


Match Preview

Paris Saint-Germain

A history-defining season in the making could see PSG become the first-ever side to win 11 titles in the French top flight, with Galiter’s team already lying the foundation for another domestic triumph.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions haven’t lost any of their last 28 home league matches (W24, D4), accounting for the best ongoing such run in Europe’s top-five divisions.

With PSG, it’s all about a formidable frontline that has notched up 3+ goals in 50% of their top-flight outings this term (7/14), as the ‘MNM’ trio continues to rain down goals at will. 

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi have tallied 29 out of Paris’ 38 Ligue 1 goals in 2022/23, so the visitors should be all too aware of where the danger lies.

Auxerre

From their best four-match start to a Ligue 1 campaign since 2005/06 (W2, D1, L1) to winning just one of their subsequent ten league games, Pellisiers’ men have gone through a rollercoaster early in the season.

Auxerre have found their away league fixtures hard to contest, as barring a 2-1 win at Montpellier in August, they’ve gone winless on their remaining six Ligue 1 travels this term (D1, L5).

However, history may make AJA take the field in a buoyant mood, given that they have not lost any of their last four top-flight away matches against reigning Ligue 1 champions (W2, D2). 

Paris Saint-Germain vs Auxerre Potential Line-ups

Paris Saint-Germain (3-4-1-2): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Danilo Pereira, Marquinhos, Sergio Ramos; Achraf Hakimi, Marco Verratti, Vitinha, Nuno Mendes; Lionel Messi; Kylian Mbappe, Neymar. 

Auxerre (5-4-1): Benoit Costil; Rayan Raveloson, Denys Bain, Jubal, Julian Jeanvier, Gideon Mensah; Lassine Sinayoko, Hamza Sakhi, Birama Toure, Gaetan Perrin; M’Baye Niang.

How to Watch?

PSG vs Auxerre, coupled with all other Ligue 1 fixtures, is available to watch online via Ligue 1 live streams.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Auxerre Prediction

PSG haven’t lost any of their last 30 home league encounters against promoted teams (W27, D3) since a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Montpellier in 2010. 

That trend should continue as we back Galtier’s big guns to dismantle Auxerre.

Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Auxerre

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