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Nov 9, 2019 at 4.30pm UK at ​Stade Francis-Le Blé (Brest)
Attendance: 15,144
PSGParis Saint-Germain
Grandsir (72')
FT(HT: 0-1)
di Maria (39'), Icardi (85')

Preview: Brest vs. Paris Saint-Germain - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Paris Saint-Germain's trip to Brest in Ligue 1 on Saturday, including a prediction, team news and predicted lineups.

Paris Saint-Germain will be determined to avoid another shock defeat when they travel to newly-promoted side Brest on Saturday afternoon.

The club's last Ligue 1 outing ended in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Dijon, who just a week before were themselves beaten by Brest, with the latter currently sitting ninth in the Ligue 1 table.

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PSG manager Thomas Tuchel pictured on October 1, 2019© Reuters

Despite being seven points clear at the top in France, the defeat to Dijon last weekend was the club's third in the league since August, highlighting the fact that things are far from perfect at the Parc des Princes.

Indeed, given that Niko Kovac was recently sacked by Bayern Munich after just two league defeats, it could be said that the main thing keeping Tuchel relatively safe is the comparative weakness of PSG's domestic opponents.

Some might also say that the defeat last weekend, much like the one to Stade Reims, came against a starting XI that was picked on the basis of resting certain players for the Champions League.

After all, it is against this metric of success in Europe, as opposed to winning the Ligue 1 title, that Tuchel will be judged by the club's ownership, who are desperate to see the club claim its first European crown under the watch of Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Yet with 13 days separating this game from PSG's next outing, supporters are likely to see their manager field a strong starting XI in an attempt to return to winning ways in the league.

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their second goal with Edinson Cavani and team mates on August 11, 2019© Reuters

In Brest, however, PSG come up against a team that is enjoying a superb return to the top flight of French football after being relegated in 2013.

Incredibly, the newly-promoted side has only lost three times so far this season - the joint fewest in the division after 12 games, matched only by PSG and Marseille.

Such a statistic underpins Brest's guiding principle this season, which revolves around an enormous amount of collective discipline and a supply of energy that they have worked on consolidating for some time.

A recent run of victories over Metz, Angers and Dijon served to underline what this team was about, with Brest winning those games 2-0, 1-0 and 2-0 respectively - keeping the game tight while doing enough to claim a victory.

A similar approach against PSG, whereby they maintain a low block and minimise space, could serve as the perfect way to frustrate the French champions and claim what would be their biggest result in years.

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Recent Paris Saint-Germain form: WWWWLW

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Neymar in action for PSG on September 28, 2019© Reuters

Brest manager Olivier Dall'Oglio will have to make a late call on the fitness of key striker Gaetan Charbonnier, who is back in training after recovering from an ankle injury.

Julien Faussurier is another player with an outside chance of featuring on Saturday, while striker Kevin Mayi is definitely out due to a thigh problem.

Meanwhile, PSG continue to be without Neymar, who is still battling a hamstring problem that has plagued the Brazilian for almost a year.

Leandro Paredes could be out due to illness, while Thilo Kehrer has a slight chance of featuring after returning from injury, although Thomas Meunier is sidelined once again due to a thigh injury.

Brest possible starting lineup:
Larsonneuer; Belaud, Castelletto, Chardonnet, Baal; Autret, Diallo, Belkebla; Cardona, Mendy, Grandsir

Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Navas; Dagba, Silva, Kimpembe, Diallo; Marquinhos, Gueye, Verratti; Di Maria, Mbappe, Cavani

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We say: Brest 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain

With Tuchel fielding a strong team that will want to assert its presence early on against Brest, the front three of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria will ultimately serve as the main difference between the two sides in what nonetheless promises to be a competitive affair.

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