Who is playing for PSG vs. Monaco on Saturday?

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After winning their last two Ligue 1 games against Montpellier and Toulouse, PSG visits Monaco on Saturday for the 23rd matchday of the season.

The triumphant run of league results was interrupted by a midweek loss to Classique rivals of Marseille (2-1) and the subsequent elimination from the Coupe de France, but Paris Saint-Germain will try to bounce back before hosting Bayern Munich next Tuesday.

Problems and headaches keep piling on Christophe Galtier, as the Parisian coach won't be able to count on any of Renato Sanches (out for a few weeks), Kylian Mbappe (most probably not returning until a week from now), and Lionel Messi (hamstring issues).

Achraf Hakimi, Presnel Kimpembe, and Nordi Mukiele are highly questionable to play on Saturday, too.

Gianluigi Donnarumma didn't have the best of outings against Marseille last Wednesday allowing two goals (including a penalty) in his first and last French Cup start after the departure of Keylor Navas. That said, he's obviously retaining the GK1 role and will be manning the goalposts this Saturday and for the remainder of the season.

The defensive line might be forced into a different construction than the one we saw last Wednesday against OM because of multiple injuries.

Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi, both expected to play against Bayern Munich, won't start against Monaco and will instead be replaced by Danilo and Timothee Pembele.

It is still "early" to know whether or not Nuno Mendes will start after having done so last Wednesday and once more next Tuesday. We're counting on it, though, and the same goes for Marquinhos in the middle of the line.

There is a chance Warren Zaire-Emery gets a starting call in one of the midfield positions, but in a high-stakes scenario such as the Stade Louis-II it's hard to envision Galtier being brave enough to make that move. Alas, expect the usual trio of Marco Verratti, Vitinha, and Fabian Ruiz starting in the middle of the pitch.

With Messi and Mbappe out and the lack of warm bodies available (because Galtier won't ever trust the likes of Ismael Gharbi or Ilyes Housni to start a game, let's be honest for a minute...) it's a very chalky proposition upfront.

Neymar will play the moving-10 drifting to the left, Carlos Soler will be invisible once more and leaning toward the right flank, and Hugo Ekitike will need to level up his game a lot and do something once and for all as the lone striker leading the team in front of the opposing goal.

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PSG can build an 11-point gap between them and Marseille with a win before OM takes on Clermont Foot later on Saturday. They have a 10-point lead over Monaco already that might grow to an unbridgable 13-point one with a victory.