Monaco take on Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday evening without suspended striker Islam Slimani.
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The top assists provider in the division with eight was sent off against Bordeaux last Sunday for two yellow cards and has been handed a two-game ban, meaning he'll be absent both at home to PSG and then for the trip to Toulouse. It means Wissam Ben Yedder will be without his sidekick, and for the second week running PSG will benefit from the absence of an opposition forward. LOSC's Victor Osimhen missed the Week 14 trip to the Parc des Princes banned and now it's Slimani, the Algerian international, missing out on a chance of causing mayhem against the champions.
Having scored his sixth league goal of the season to give Monaco the lead at Bordeaux, Slimani collected a first booking for arguing with the referee and the second for a handball that led to Nicolas De Préville converting the winner from the spot. Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim commented: "I criticised Slimani for lacking concentration, but not only that as he spoke to the referee and to the supporters. He scored a goal but honestly I expect more from him. The way he conducts himself is also important and it wasn't a great day for him."
Monaco have lost their last four league games against PSG and the capital club's attackers will be salivating at the prospect of taking on the second-worst defence in the top division. Neymar, a substitute in the 2-2 Champions League draw at Real Madrid on Tuesday that guaranteed PSG top spot in Group A, has scored on each of his two previous trips to Stade Louis II, both times from the penalty spot.
The most expensive player in the world is likely to be recalled to the starting eleven on Sunday and Thomas Tuchel again has a headache when it comes to keeping his world-class attacker happy. Neymar came on at half-team at the Bernabeu meaning that he, Kylian Mbappé, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria were all on the field at the same time. Fitting that stellar quartet into the side from the first whistle doesn't appear to be a priority for the German coach, however, and that's before the claims of Edinson Cavani, PSG's all-time record scorer are considered.
In an interview with France Info this week, Tuchel said of Neymar: "He's not at all easy to deal with! He has a big, big heart but unfortunately he doesn't always show that he's a generous and reliable lad. Sometimes he provokes too much and that's a big shame, because it's not necessary. I've told him that. We laugh a lot together and I always try to tell him the truth. He accepts that but it's difficult. 'Ney' provoke things when he feels something's not going right, not when he's calm."
Monaco: Lecomte; Jemerson, Glik, Badiashile; Martins, Bakayoko, Silva, Golovin, Dias; Augustin, Ben Yedder
Paris Saint-Germain: Navas; Meunier, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Diallo; Draxler, Marquinhos, Gueye; Mbappé, Icardi, Neymar