Neymar is out of action for up to two months due to an injury

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar will be out six to eight weeks after tearing a ligament on his left ankle in the Saint-Etienne win. (Author: Gardener)

NeymarParis Saint-Germain's Neymar will be out six to eight weeks after tearing a ligament in his left ankle in Sunday's win against Saint-Etienne. The Brazil international was removed from the field in 85 minutes during PSG's 3-1 win and the club confirmed on Monday that he will be out for an extended period. After the game, Neymar promised to come back stronger from the injury. I'll come back better and stronger. "PSG said more tests would be carried out in 72 hours to further determine the severity and progression. Sunday's result increased PSG's lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 12 points .


AS Saint-Etienne vs. PSG odds, tips and prediction

Analysis of the odds and lines of AS Sainte-Etienne against PSG on Sunday, with Ligue 1 tips and predictions. (Author: Gardener)

Saint-EtienneOn Sunday morning PSG (12 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw) will travel to Geoffroy-Guichard against AS Sainte-Etienne (2-6-6). Below we see a preview of AS Sainte-Etienne vs PSG odds and lines and make our best Ligue 1 bets, tips and predictions. PSG are by far the most dominant club in Ligue 1. PSG have won two of their last three games with one goal and have lost or drawn two of the last five. Led by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, PSG are still the clear favorites and lead Ligue 1 with 11 points in 14 games. PSG have scored 32 goals in 14 games and have given up 14. Sainte-Etienne is ranked 19th out of 20 in the Ligue 1 table. They have given up 28 goals in 14 games so Sainte-Etienne is clearly struggling to contain opposing attacks and will face the league's deadliest goal on Sunday. Sainte-Etienne will be a big underdog despite his home game. Tipico Sportsbook odds; Access USA TODAY Sports betting odds for a complete list. I'd rather pay attention to the BET BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE prop which can be added at -145 right now. However, below you will learn why betting on both teams' goals is a solid way to get action and value in this potential Ligue 1 blowout. BET at OVER 3.5 (+110) as the better value. AS Sainte-Etienne's defense just wasn't great. It has allowed teams that are far weaker than PSG to score two goals per game. With that in mind, PSG will play without Julian Daxtler and Sergio Ramos, which will undoubtedly hurt his defense, which has already given his opponent a goal in three straight games. These injuries shouldn't determine whether or not PSG win, but rather whether Sainte-Entienne can find some kind of success that they may be able to. Despite only 12 points, Sainte-Entienne has scored more than one goal per game which should be a good sign against a PSG defense not nearly as dominant as their offensive. Given the attacking power of the best three-man unit in the world, I expect PSG to be on the board many times. With this in mind, it just makes more sense to bet on the over here. If you're looking for more sports betting tips and tips, access all of our content on and BetFTW. Please play responsibly. Follow @SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for referring viewers to betting services. Tipico has no influence on such income and is in no way dependent on or connected to the newsrooms or reporting. Gambling problem?


PSG should use Neymar's recent injury as an opportunity without building him up

If Mauricio Pochettino wants to win the Champions League, he has to find his best team quickly and cannot afford to play on Neymar. waiting (Author: Gardener)

NeymarDespite a frustrating loss to Manchester City during the week, there was cheer over PSG's trip to Saint-Etienne on Sunday. The hosts, paralyzed by injuries and missing new signings this summer, were largely uninspired under Claude Puel, even if they had recently experienced a slight upturn. Sergio Ramos made his long-awaited first start for the league leaders and it looked like PSG could get some sense of the rhythm of his game even in the absence of Marco Verratti. It is a disappointment not to lead the Champions League group, but the squad is now largely fit and starting to fire - as demonstrated by Lionel Messi's hat-trick of the templates in the 3-1 win against Saint-Étienne, which even against 10 men did not easy task. Perhaps progress could be made by using the league and cup games as a kind of tactical sandpit for Mauricio Pochettino until mid-March. In fact, L’Équipe has already eagerly mentioned the potential of playing with three behind, with the more mobile marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe flanking Ramos. At least that was working theory until Neymar, who was something of a passenger in the game, was knocked off the pitch with an ankle injury two minutes before the end. A scan this week will determine the length of his absence, but he is unlikely to return in the calendar year. While not as severe as the metatarsal fractures that affected Neymar's first two seasons in Paris, or even the combination of excruciating muscle injuries that limited him to just 18 league games last season, this is another setback for Pochettino as he continues a full fit first XI. There is no doubt about Neymar's talent and stellar contributions, especially domestically, where he has scored a goal or assist on average every 70 minutes since arriving in France. But is it perhaps time to reassess its role as an automatic starter, at least this season? He could prove to be an integral part of the team next season, with Messi and Ángel Di María also being a year older, and Kylian Mbappé could potentially go out this summer. But the extent to which the club can reliably factor in a player who has played in more than 20 league games in one season since moving from Barcelona is comfortable to work with a large number of midfield partners and in any number of systems. Although he can play as number 10, giving him that role with Messi as an option is ridiculous so he continues to be used on the left. That's fine when the team plays 4-3-3 with the diligent leadership of Idrissa Gueye or Ander Herrera providing cover, but that means there is no place for Di María as Messi has a position on the right Page occupies. PSG are no stranger to playing with four attackers. Even the relatively conservative Thomas Tuchel played with one of Edinson Cavani or Mauro Icardi alongside Mbappé upstairs with Di María and Neymar on the wings, but that was with Juan Bernat and Thomas Meunier as full-backs. The fact is that PSG cannot play with the Portuguese and Hakimi as their first choice with two in midfield and four behind, which has been emphasized again and again this season. Without Neymar, PSG could try to play Di María on the left in front of a three-way midfield or Mbappé on the left with Icardi (if he's fit) on top. All of these options seem tastier than the irregularly brilliant but also terrifyingly exposed 4-2-3-1 that Pochettino preferred when Mbappé, Neymar, Di María and Messi are all fit. This brings us back to the options that the Ramos return to fitness offers. Would a 3-4-3 with Hakimi and Mendes pushed higher on the pitch be solid enough to play Messi, Mbappé and Neymar over the front? Potentially yes, but with the injured Brazilian, that luxury of time is running out to find the right tactical balance. Can Pochettino, and indeed the club's ambitions in the Champions League, afford to wait for Neymar to return? The answer here is unfortunately no - this team was at its best, if not without Neymar then at least a 4-3-3. While it could be argued that Di María, and not Neymar, should be the underdog, if this is the system Pochettino prefers, the Argentine's performances have been since his return to full fitness (he inspired a comeback against Lille and delivered one this weekend another good performance) put that of his South American compatriots in the shade, not to mention his versatility and speed of work. So while Neymar's bag of tricks, flicks and dribbles are drawing attention, PSG must be driven by the imperative of Champions League success. If this aspect of his play is not missed in the coming weeks, it should not be on the European stage either. The Rennes striker managed a hat trick in the Europa Conference League with the start against Lorient in a rough derby. With Bruno Génésio's team in second place, the fit Jérémy Doku back in the team and no relevant European games until March, could the Breton team have prevailed as the alleged favorites to come second ahead of Nice? The two teams will meet in a highly anticipated encounter on Sunday week. Brest are still only 12th, proof of how bad the season started but Michel Der Zakarian's side have won the last four games. After beating European hopefuls Lens 4-0 last weekend, they defeated Bordeaux 2-1 on Sunday. Jérémy Le Douaron, who had been pulled from amateur football before last season, impressed with a brace, the second a good finish. He was an impressive reminder of why Der Zakarian has become synonymous with attractive football over the past four seasons. Óscar Garcia's team have survived a number of injuries that struck them at the start of the season. Things look much grimmer for their opponents though - Clermont have lost five games in a row and are fighting without veteran defender Cédric Houtondji. With Lens, Montpellier and Angers before the break, it doesn't look any easier for Pascal Gastien's team.


Ronaldo's role at Manchester United in question upon Rangnick's arrival

Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench in United's draw with Chelsea, which could be the new normal if Ralf Rangnick takes over Old Trafford. (Author: Gardener)

RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo stormed straight into the tunnel at the end of Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, without even looking over his shoulder at his teammates or the fans who are so willingly chanting his name. It was certainly not due to fatigue, considering he had only been involved for 26 minutes after replacing goalscorer Jadon Sancho as a substitute for the second half. Perhaps it was the realization that once interim manager Ralf Rangnick arrives at Old Trafford, he may have to get used to the experience he had at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. Unless Rangnick changes his overall approach to the game, United's tactics and line-up under the new coach will be very similar to those of caretaker Michael Carrick against Thomas Tuchel's side: they will become more solid in midfield and the strikers will be expected to that they push you up with energy and be the first line of defense at all times. He's a lot, including an incredible goalscorer, but he doesn't have the energy or apparent appetite to do the job that Rangnick expected his strikers to do and that Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes did on Sunday. "I thought the top three, Marcus, Jadon and Bruno, did a great job of knowing when to press and when to withdraw," said Carrick after the game. The big question Rangnick has to answer quickly is whether he will compromise his philosophy to accommodate the United star player or whether Ronaldo will now have to accept another role - one he may not like - as a hit substitute. It's just not in his makeup to accept a partial role, despite Carrick saying before kick-off against the Premier League leader Ronaldo didn't protest his surprise demotion. "I had a good chat with Cristiano," said Carrick. With United going to face Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday, followed by another home game against Crystal Palace next Sunday, Ronaldo's omission against Chelsea may have been nothing more than game management to ensure the Portugal international is fresh for those two games. After the recent losses to Liverpool and Manchester City, which played a huge role in the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as coach, had little to no effect, it made sense to leave Ronaldo out against the European champions. Whether Carrick or Rangnick made the decision is unclear, although Carrick insisted Rangnick was not involved in team selection for the Chelsea game. "That wasn't the case, no," said Carrick. But despite his failure against Liverpool and City, Ronaldo remains by far United's top scorer this season. With 10 goals in all competitions, he has more than twice as many as Fernandes and Mason Greenwood, who are second on the list with four each. Yes, his workload is not what the German would normally ask his strikers to do, but his goals have saved United more than once this season. If his engagement wears off under the new coach, someone else has to step up significantly. When they signed Ronaldo from Juventus Turin in August, there was always a risk that United would become too dependent on a player who scored 799 career goals for club and country. Having him back at the club after initially leaving United for Real Madrid in 2009 has been seen as an opportunity they couldn't refuse and the debate is endless as to whether he was good for the team or harmful. But Rangnick represents the here and now and Ronaldo is judged on what he can and cannot do. When Fabio Capello took over the English team in 2008, he quickly made it clear that he could not or would not find a place for Michael Owen on his team, even though the striker was just 28 years old at the time and scored 41 goals in 88 goals before Capello's appointment to the manager. Capello viewed Owen as just a goalscorer and a player unable to bring in enough past goals to warrant his inclusion. He only picked him once as a replacement before overlooking him for the remainder of his tenure. Ronaldo could turn out to be Rangnick's version of Owen at United - a player with a great goal record but not much else. And if that's the case, Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford is likely to be short-lived as he hasn't signed up for a second term with United just to watch things play out from the bank.


Sergio Ramos makes PSG debut

Spanish defender Sergio Ramos will make his long-awaited debut for Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 game in Saint-Etienne on Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

Sergio RamosJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel fears Iran will find a windfall in easing sanctions in renewed nuclear negotiations with world powers, but will not cut back on bomb-making projects sufficiently, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday. The negotiators will meet in Vienna on Monday in a final attempt to rescue a nuclear deal, which the United States, under then-President Donald Trump, resigned in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.


Lionel Messi's template hat-trick helps PSG win

A late injury to Neymar overshadowed a formidable win. (Author: Gardener)

Lionel Messi'sPARIS (Reuters) - The French Ministry of Health said Sunday it had discovered eight possible cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant across the country after the government announced it would tighten restrictions to curb its spread. "They are considered possibly contaminated with the Omicron variant because they have been in southern Africa for the past 14 days," said a statement from the Ministry of Health.


Lionel Messi's template hat-trick helps PSG defeat Saint-Etienne

A late injury to Neymar overshadows a formidable win (Author: Gardener)

Lionel Messi'sOf course, Napier will have their hands full when it comes to meeting up with the current players, but there are obvious repairs on the recruitment path as well. According to Rivals, the Gators are currently 39th grade; However, there is no doubt that Napier will hit the gas pedal these last few weeks by meeting with UF commitments and highly respected prospects still in the market.


Ballon d'Or leader Lionel Messi receives hat-trick of assists for PSG

PSG superstar Lionel Messi warmed up well for the Ballon d'Or awards with a hat trick of assists when PSG beat Saint-Etienne 3-1. You can see it here. (Author: Gardener)

Lionel MessiPSG superstar Lionel Messi warmed up well for the Ballon d'Or awards with a hat trick of assists when PSG beat Saint-Etienne 3-1. You can see it here. It looked like PSG would go 1-0 on break after Denis Bouanga gave Saint-Etienne the lead in the 23rd minute. The Parisians were leveling at halftime, however, when Messi sent Brazilian defender Marquinhos home. Saint-Etienne did well to withstand the significant pressure but they eventually gave way in the 79th minute. PSG eventually ended the game in stoppage time when Messi completed his assists hat trick when he moved to Marquinhos to bring home his second game. It could be a good 24 hours for Messi, who is expected to win the Ballon d'Or, but Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah will all bring him close.


PSG score late goals to beat 10-man Saint-Etienne

Marquinhos scores twice when Paris St-Germain comes in from behind to beat 10-man Saint-Etienne and have a 14 point lead at the top of Ligue 1. (Author: Gardener)

Saint-EtienneLast updated on. From the European Football section, Timothee Kolodziejczak was sent off for a foul on Kylian Mbappe and Marquinhos headed PSG after a free kick before half-time. Angel di Maria rolled in 11 minutes from time and Marquinhos added third place to the guests in stoppage time. Bouanga's start, confirmed by the VAR after initially being sidelined, was the eleventh time Mauricio Pochettino's PSG conceded the league opening goal in 2021 - the highest record in a calendar year since 2012. Lionel Messi, all three of his side supported goals, missed a glorious chance to put the visitors in the lead mid-way through the second half when he shot past goal after a save attempt by Neymar. But he made it up again, putting an excellent pass with the outside of his shoe to prepare Di Maria before crossing for Marquinhos as PSG extended their lead after second-placed Nice lost 1-0 to Metz on Saturday .


PSG star was stretched from the field with an ankle problem in the Ligue 1 win against Saint-Étienne

Neymar sustained a serious injury on Sunday (Author: Gardener)

Saint-ÉtienneParis Saint-Germain defeated AS Saint-Étienne 3-1 on Sunday and increased their lead at the Ligue 1 summit to 14 points. But also superstar Neymar lost the French giants late at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard to a serious ankle injury. Captain Marquinhos scored two goals on either side in Angel Di Maria's goal, with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick with assists, but the rematch win was overshadowed by Neymar's 2-1 injury. Saint-Étienne had taken the lead through Denis Bouanga after Neymar ruled out an early attempt across the VAR, with technology working in Les Verts' favor to put them in the lead, but a hard red card from Timothee Kolodziejczak paved Marquinhos the way to equalize the half-time measure. Etienne Green was in sensational form in goal for Sainté and failed more than once against Kylian Mbappe when Claude Puel's men threatened a surprise, but PSG's superior quality was ultimately evident against the 10 men, with Di Maria and Marquinhos scoring the goal. "We created a lot of chances with 11 against 11, but the ball didn't go in," said the Argentina international after the final whistle. "I think we put in a great performance and finally managed to score a goal through Marquinhos and me. We showed control and patience to win. Even though it was far from fluid again from Pochettino's men, Sergio gave Ramos made his debut in defense and received a crash course on what to expect from Ligue 1 now that he's back on the field, but all eyes will be on Neymar as Les Parisiens try to find out the extent of his latest injury and how long they can be without for him in a scenario not too dissimilar to his first two seasons at Parc des Princes, where winter injuries have ruined both campaigns. At the match's press conference, Pochettino announced the Brazilian was in pain after he twisted his ankle and that tests will be done Monday to learn more about the severity of the injury ren.