Ligue 1 : Paris Saint German Vs Lens Match Preview, Line Up, Team News, Live Info

PSG Vs Lens
Paris Saint German
(Ligue 1)
12.30 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
  Stade Bollaert-Delelis

Full Time
PSG [0]-[1] LENS
Man Of The Match - M.Verratti
Paris Saint German
Paris Saint German XI:
Bulka, Kehrer, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Bernat, Herrera, Gueye, Verratti, Sarabia, Kalimuendo, Draxler.
Lens XI:
Leca, Medina, Bade, Gradit, Sylla, Doucoure, Perez, Michelin, Kakuta, Banza, Ganago.

Match Preview

Champions League runners-up Paris Saint-Germain return to Ligue 1 action on Thursday evening as they square off against Lens at Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

After earning promotion from the second tier, the home side suffered a 2-1 defeat at Nice in their opening fixture of the season.

When PSG take to the pitch on Thursday, just over two-and-a-half weeks would have passed since they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

With the game arguably the biggest in their history, there is the realistic possibility of that disappointment lingering heading into the new campaign.

However, PSG have already been boosted by many of their rivals already dropping points this season, effectively providing them with some leeway for error as they bid to get back up to top gear.

Tuchel has been left searching for a solution to the increasing amount of positive coronavirus cases which are emerging in his squad, most recently for Kylian Mbappe who faces the likelihood of missing the next four games.

Although a postponement cannot be ruled out at this stage, Tuchel will hope that having to call upon some of his fringe players will have a galvanising effect on the squad.

While Lens directly benefitted from French football being curtailed early, they face a battle to get up to speed against stronger opposition.

Having tested current leaders Nice in their opening fixture, boss Franck Haise would have wanted to build on that performance as soon as possible.

However, PSG's European progress led to their encounter with the champions being set back a couple of weeks, leaving Lens to participate in friendlies to maintain their match sharpness.

With the break in action being followed by two games in three days, the second against Lorient, Haise has decisions to make regarding the fitness of his players as the club look forward to their first home contest of the season.

Team News And Statistics

Mbappe and Neymar head a list of PSG players who will play no part of the game on Thursday night due to coronavirus issues.

Keylor Navas, Marquinhos, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi have also tested positive over the past 10 days.

With Thiago Silva having left for Chelsea, Tuchel will select a much-changed team from the one which lined up against Bayern.

Given the shortage of attacking players, PSG could line up in a 3-4-2-1 formation headed by Jese Rodriguez or Arnaud Kalimuendo.

Predicted XI : Bulka; Kehrer, Kimpembe, Diallo; Dagba, Herrera, Gueye, Bernat; Draxler; Sarabia; Kalimuendo.

As far as Lens are concerned, Haise may name the same XI which pushed Nice all the way in their first competitive fixture of the season.

Former Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta, now on the 12th club of his career, netted on his debut.

Predicted XI : Leca; Gradit, Bade, Medina; Michelin, Cahuzac, Doucoure, Boura; Kakuta; Sotoca, Ganago.

Sports Track Score Prediction

PSG  [ 2 ] - [ 0 ] LENS

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