Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs Montpellier HSC – prediction, team news, lineups
High-flying Paris Saint-Germain will seek their eighth Ligue 1 victory in as many games when they host Montpellier HSC on Saturday night. Paris Saint-Germain vs Montpellier HSC stream, Paris Saint-Germain vs Montpellier HSC live stream, Paris Saint-Germain vs Montpellier HSC h2h.
In the meantime, the visitors will be looking to secure their first league win at Parc des Princes since winning 3-1 in May 2010.
Paris Saint-Germain maintained their 100% start in Ligue 1, but only narrowly, when they scored a dramatic injury-time winner, for the second consecutive league game, away against Metz to secure a 2-1 win. 1 Wednesday night.
Summer signing Achraf Hakimi opened the scoring in the fifth minute, before Boubakar Kouyate’s header from a corner kick tied Metz shortly before half-time.
However, the hosts, who saw their captain Dylan Bronn and head coach Frederic Antonetti sent off in injury time, couldn’t hold a point as Hakimi cut in from the right and fired in his second of the night and a dramatic 95 °. winner of the minute, sparking wild festivities that caused tempers to flare between both sides when the full-time whistle blew.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men became the fourth top-flight French team in history to win their first seven league games. Following Marseille’s goalless draw with Angers, Les Parisiens have now extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to seven points, although Marseille are one game short.
PSG, who have already scored 20 league goals so far this season, have an impressive record against this weekend’s rival Montpellier, winning six and drawing one of their last eight games against them, as well as scoring at least twice each time.
While the Parisian team is desperate to win back their Ligue 1 crown from Lille this season, Pochettino will be eager for his team to build on their strong start with another three points at home.
After losing their first game of the new Ligue 1 season at home to Marseille, Montpellier has accumulated nine points out of the possible 15 available.
Their most recent result on Wednesday night saw them play an entertaining 3-3 draw against Bordeaux, which snatched a point from them when substitute Samuel Kalu scored in the 85th minute.
A previous double from Valere Germain and a goal from Florent Mollet weren’t enough for the hosts to take all three points, although Olivier Dall’Oglio’s have risen to the top 10 and are now just three points behind the Champions League. . places.
Montpellier, who have yet to win away from home this season, will face a tough challenge on Saturday against a fit PSG. La Paillade have lost by at least a four-goal margin in each of their last four league visits to Parc des Princes, including a 4-0 loss last season.
Dall’Oglio’s team have scored in every match so far this campaign, scoring at least twice on five occasions, and with PSG having conceded in each of their last three matches in every competition, the visitors can rest assured. of causing trouble in the last third. .
PSG forward Lionel Messi has been ruled out for this weekend’s game as he continues to recover from a bruised bones around his knee, which also kept him out of the win against Metz.
Sergio Ramos (calf), Marco Verratti (knee), Juan Bernat (ACL), and Ismael Gharbi (thigh) remain on the treatment table, while Layvin Kurzawa (calf) and Colin Dagba (ankle) are doubtful and will be evaluated before kick-off.
Pochettino may decide to make one or two changes to refresh his starting lineup, due to his busy match schedule, with players like Abdou Diallo and Ander Herrera hoping to return to the first XI ahead of Nuno Mendes and Rafinha.
Mauro Icardi is ready to start once again upfront, joining Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in a powerful three-man attack; all three forwards scored in a 4-0 home win again in Montpellier last season.
As for the visitors, he will not yet have former PSG and Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, who continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Montpellier’s trio Ambroise Oyongo, Thibault Tamas and Pedro Mendes are also unavailable for selection, as they all suffer ACL injuries.
However, Dall’Oglio may welcome central defender Matheus Thuler as he served his one-match suspension; The 22-year-old Brazilian is set to return to the starting lineup, which will likely see Nicolas Cozza return to his favorite left-back position at the expense of Mihailo Ristic.
Arnaud Souquet or Junior Sambia will start as a right-back, while midfielder Teji Tedy Savanier could remain at No. 10 behind center-forward Germain.
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Danilo, Herrera, Wijnaldum; Neymar, Icardi, Mbappe
Montpellier HSC possible starting lineup:
Omlin; Sambia, Esteve, Thuler, Ristic; Ferri, Chotard; Mollet, Savanier, Mavididi, Germain