It’s a daunting trip up north on New Year’s Day for Christophe Galtier’s men, who face second-place Lens in the most intense stadium atmosphere French football has to offer.
In this potential early title-deciding clash, PSG will be without Neymar – who is suspended after his double yellow card against Strasbourg – as well as Lionel Messi, who returns next week after being granted a rest, having led Argentina to the World Cup title.
As ever, then, the league leaders’ chances rest on the shoulders of Kylian Mbappé, who returned to action in midweek by scoring the winner from the spot against Strasbourg, having returned to training just days after losing the World Cup final.
Alongside the Frenchman, then, will be Pablo Sarabia and Carlos Soler, with Hugo Ekitike having taken a knock on the knee in training, according to L’Équipe. Juan Bernat remains a doubt, meaning Nordi Mukiele could start in the left-back role while World Cup semi-finalist Achraf Hakimi returns to the starting eleven. For Lens, Loïs Openda is set to play from the start as well after his impressive cameo against Nice.
PSG predicted lineup v Lens:
Gianluigi Donnarumma – Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Nordi Mukiele – Vitinha, Marco Verratti, Fabián Ruiz – Carlos Soler – Kylian Mbappé, Pablo Sarabia. (via L’Éq)
Lens predicted lineup v PSG:
Brice Samba – Jonathan Gradit, Kevin Danso, Facundo Medina – Przemysław Frankowski, Salis Abdul Samed, Séko Fofana, Deiver Machado – Florian Sotoca, Wesley Saïd – Loïs Openda. (via L’Éq)
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin