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Neymar Jr. back to help PSG past Amiens?

Publish on 20/12/2019 at 14h30

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Neymar Jr. was rested for Paris Saint-Germain's Coupe de la Ligue last 16 win over Le Mans FC on Wednesday but should be back in the side as the champions welcome Amiens SC to the Parc des Princes in the final Ligue 1 Conforama game of 2019.

Paris Saint-Germain - Amiens SC

Paris are guaranteed to go into the winter break with a seven-point cushion and a game in hand over second-place Olympique de Marseille if they can beat Amiens, as expected, on Saturday evening.

Winning run

Coach Thomas Tuchel put out a strong team in the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday, as PSG avoided a potential banana skin with Kylian Mbappé and Angel Di Maria among those on target in a 4-1 win over Domino's Ligue 2 Le Mans. Having also beaten AS Saint-Etienne 4-0 last Sunday, the capital club are now undefeated in nine games in all competitions.

Neymar was rested for the game, but apart from an ill Julian Draxler and Presnel Kimbembe suffering with a groin injury, Paris have a clean bill of health. Tuchel was hapy with those who played on Wednesday, though.

"There is no injury, and that's essential," explained the German tactician after the game at the MMArena. "We had players who struggled to find their rhythm on a difficult surface. I didn't expect too much from my players, except that they qualify. We could've scored five or six but we slowed down in the second half."

History on their side

PSG undefeated in their five meetings with Amiens, winning four and drawing one with an aggregate score of 14-2. Saturday's visitors begin the day in 17th, 25 points worse off than the champions and just a single point above FC Metz, who occupy the relegation play-off spot.

Les Licornes also won through to the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals on Wednesday, beating Stade Rennais FC 3-2 thanks to Thomas Monconcuit's injury-time winner. Luka Elsner's men also battled back to hold Dijon FCO to a 1-1 draw in a relegation six-pointer last Saturday and, if nothing else, they have shown they have fight.

'State of mind'

"It puts a smile on everyone's face, the fans, the dressing room" said the coach after his side's midweek victory. "We worked hard and it gives us a lot of confidence. We're on a good run and we deserved to win. It's been two consecutive games that we quickly turned the score around, and we must rely on this state of mind."

Amiens have a significantly longer list of absentees than PSG. Four-goal top scorer Serhou Guirassy and Former Paris right-back Christophe Jallet have thigh injuries. They join Prince Gouano (virus), Saman Ghoddos (suspension) and Mathieu Bodmer (back problems) on the sidelines.

Possible line-ups

PSG: Navas; Meunier, Silva, Diallo, Bernat; Paredes, Marquinhos, Verratti; Mbappé, Icardi, Neymar

Amiens: Gurtner; Calabresi, Chedjou, Dibassy, Lefort; Monconduit, Blin; Otero, Gnahoré, Mendoza; Kakuta