Preview: Paris Saint Germain vs Clermont – prediction, team news, lineups
Aiming to continue their perfect start to the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season, Paris Saint-Germain welcomes their fellow high-flying Clermont at the Parc des Princes on Saturday afternoon.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team beat Reims 2-0 two weeks ago on a day when Lionel Messi made his first appearance in blue, while the visitors’ impressive start continued with a 2-2 draw against Metz.
Kylian Mbappé’s double may have turned the game in favor of PSG that day, but an Argentine presentation stole all the headlines at Stade Auguste-Delaune on August 29, with Lionel Messi playing the final 25 minutes of victory. the routine of Les Parisiens. in the fourth week of play.
PSG were already 2-0 up at that point after Mbappé followed his header in the 16th minute with a bunt in the 63rd minute, but clearly, there was no bad blood between the PSG attackers and Predrag Rajkovic, with the Reims goalkeeper bringing your child. on the field to take a picture with Messi full time.
Six-time Ballon d’Or winners aside, PSG have, as expected, simply climbed to the top of the standings as their title rivals falter, with Pochettino overseeing four wins out of four with 12 goals scored in this. the embryonic stage of the season.
However, PSG’s quest for a long-awaited Champions League crown will start soon when they face Club Brugge in their first group stage clash on Wednesday night, but it is now 10 wins out of their last 11 meetings. in Ligue 1 for Les Parisiens.
Four of those wins have come at home, where Pochettino’s side have scored 13 goals in their last four in the league, but their newly-promoted visitors are proving to be a force to be reckoned with since their first promotion in a big way.
It was a story of two own goals in the fourth week of Clermont’s battle with Metz, as Ibrahima Niane managed to score on the right end of the field from the penalty spot before the visitors doubled their lead thanks to a comical mistake. by goalkeeper Arthur Desmas.
However, Metz defender Sikou Niakate would soon feel the embarrassment of turning the ball into his own net just before half-time, and at 13 minutes into the second half, the ball would kindly fall to Elbasan Rashani, who pushed home to salvage a point and keep your team’s undefeated streak going.
Maintaining the momentum of his heroic two-goal performance against Lyon, Kosovo international Rashani enjoys life at the top level, as does Clermont, who remains unbeaten with eight points to show in his first four matches.
Pascal Gastien’s team remains in the top three in the standings due to their strong start to the season, and Clermont prevailed in their only previous encounter with PSG, overcoming penalties in the knockout stages of the 1996-97 French Cup .
PSG did not emerge unscathed from the international break, as Kylian Mbappé was forced to withdraw from the France team due to a calf problem, while Messi, Neymar, Leandro Paredes, and Angel Di María will return late from the team in South America.
Colin Dagba, Sergio Ramos, Juan Bernat, and Layvin Kurzawa are making progress on their return from injury but are unlikely to be involved yet, and Marco Verratti is also out with a blow to the knee.
Mauro Icardi has recovered from a shoulder sprain, but there are reports that team B forward Alexandre Fressange could have a shot at the top, while Ismael Gharbi is struggling with knee and adductor pain.
Meanwhile, Clermont has no such concerns on the injury or fatigue front, with bandmen Rashani and Jodel Dossou aiming to start following international feats with Kosovo and Benin, respectively.
Former Marseille player Saif-Eddine Khaoui is an option to switch at number 10, and Gastien should resist the urge to switch to a back five given PSG’s abundant selection concerns.
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kehrer, Diallo; Gueye, Wijnaldum, Herrera; Ebimbe, Icardi, Draxler
Clermont possible starting lineup:
Desmas; Zedadka, Ogier, Hountondji, N’Simba; Gastien, Iglesias; Dossou, Berthomier, Rashani; Bayo