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Sep 10, 2020 at 8pm UK at Stade Bollaert-Delelis
LensLens
1-0
PSGParis Saint-Germain
Ganago (57')
Doucoure (44'), Sotoca (70')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Sarabia (38'), Bernat (78')

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

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Ligue 1 encounter between Lens and Paris Saint-Germain, including team news and injury news.

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.


Match preview

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel on October 18, 2019© Reuters

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.

Lens Ligue 1 form: L

Paris Saint-Germain form (all competitions): WWWWL


Team News

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe pictured on August 22, 2020© Reuters

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.

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.

Lens possible starting lineup:
Leca; Gradit, Bade, Medina; Michelin, Cahuzac, Doucoure, Boura; Kakuta; Sotoca, Ganago

Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Bulka; Kehrer, Kimpembe, Diallo; Dagba, Herrera, Gueye, Bernat; Draxler; Sarabia; Kalimuendo


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We say: Lens 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain

While a number of factors are currently hindering the visitors, we still expect a comfortable win for the champions. Although Lens will be eager to impress, a lack of competitive game time is not ideal ahead of facing the champions.


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Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting that both teams will score (BTTS - yes) in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.BTTS Yes:data

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Who will win Thursday's Ligue 1 clash between Lens and Paris Saint-Germain?

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Lille75201321117
2Paris Saint-GermainPSG75021631315
3Rennes7430158715
4Nice7412109113
5Lens74121010013
6Marseille7331108212
7Montpellier HSCMontpellier7322139411
8MonacoMonaco7322109111
9Lyon7241107310
10Saint-EtienneSt Etienne7313910-110
11Angers7313815-710
12Bordeaux72327529
13Brest73041115-49
14Metz72237708
15NantesNantes7223910-18
16Nimes7223911-28
17StrasbourgStrasbourg7106616-103
18Reims7025613-72
19Dijon7025414-102

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