After an unprecedented exit from the Champions League, PSG kick starts their Ligue 1 campaign this week. The side travels to the Stade Bollaert-Delesis to take on side Lens. The match schedules for Thursday with kickoff at 10 pm.
Lens was jubilant after securing their promotion from the second tier, but it proved to be a challenging task for the side. A 2-1 loss to Nice was a reality check for PSG’s side, providing another chase for their money.
It would mark two and a half weeks since PSG took on current Champions League champions Bayern Munich in a 1-0 defeat. The match marked the most significant victory for the side since their history. The disappointment will continue to linger in the minds of the Ligue 1 champions.
PSG receive a boost in their 2020-21 campaign with some of their rivals already dropping points. It remains an uphill task for Tuchel to prove the dominance of the side this season. A significant issue currently facing the side is with the increased coronavirus positive cases witnessed.
Lens benefitted mostly from the season curtailment that saw their promotion. However, it questions the strength of the squad in the French top-flight league. Frank Haisse will be keen on building from their first encounter against Nice. PSG provides a stumbling block in their quest for their first win in the league.
Lens vs. PSG Head to Head
Both sides have played 15 games against each other, with PSG taking home eight wins while Lens with two wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Nice 2-1 Lens
Lens 1-0 Dijon
LFC 1-2 Paris FC
Lens 1-3 Union Saint-Gilloise
KRC Genk 2-3 Lens
PSG 0-1 Bayern Munich
RB Leipzig 0-3 PSG
Atalanta 1-2 PSG
PSG 1-0 Sochaux
PSG 0-0 Lyon
Lens Team News
Hasse sets to start the same starting XI that featured against side Nice. Gael Kakuta hopes to net his second game of the season after making his 12th career club move.
PSG Team News
Mbappe and Neymar are absentees ahead of the match after testing positive for coronavirus. Other stars who will not feature in the game include Icardi, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Gomez, Marquinhos and Paredes. This might give former Stoke city attacker Choupo-Moting a starting call with a lack of attacking options available for the game.
Prediction and Odds
We expect a lacklustre performance for the Ligue 1 champions, with many A-list players unavailable due to coronavirus.
Goals Under 2.5
No Score: Home