PSG continue their quest for a record-extending 15th Coupe de France title against sixth tier side Pays de Cassel on Monday (23 January) at the Stade Auguste Damette in Hazebrouck.
The Parisians are obviously the overwhelming favorites but coach Christophe Galtier is unlikely to field his first-team stars and give them a rest after their trip to Saudi Arabia midweek.
The French champions took on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr in Riyadh on Thursday (20 January) and secured a nerve-wracking 5-4 friendly win. Lionel Messi, Marquinhos, Sergio Ramos, Kylian Mbappe and Hugo Ekitike scored for the Parisians as Messi and Ronaldo met on the field for perhaps the last time.
Pays de Cassel, on the other hand, is an amateur side that was formed five years ago and are preparing for their biggest game yet. The North side beat fourth-tier side Wasquehal on penalties in the final round to set up a date with the reigning Ligue 1 champions.
While beating PSG seems an unlikely feat, the mere opportunity to play against them is a huge opportunity for a club of Pays’ stature. The Pays president said the players “cried with joy” after drawing against France’s biggest side.
Pays de Cassel vs PSG head to head and key figures
- The two teams meet for the first time.
- PSG have progressed through the fourth round of the competition in the last eight seasons since being eliminated at this stage against Marseille in the 2013/14 season.
- The seven-consecutive Coupe de France finals attendance streak was snapped by OGC Nice in the round of 16 last season.
- PSG have kept just one clean sheet in their last five games in all competitions.
- Pays has scored in all three French Cup games this season.
Pays de Cassel vs PSG Prediction
Pays is unlikely to feature against PSG’s acclaimed trio of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who may not even be on the bench after a friendly mid-week.
Still, the Parisians should have enough firepower to easily fend off the amateur team and gallop into the round of 16.
Forecast: Pays de Cassel 0-5 PSG
Pays de Cassel vs PSG Betting Tips
Tip 1 – Result: PSG
Tip 2 – Goals over/under 2.5: Over 2.5
Tip 3 – Both teams to score: No
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