LIGUE 1: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)







Paris Saint-Germain received Marseille in the latest game and was also the focus of the third round of Ligue 1 on Sunday at Parc des Princes. The home team is currently 16th in the group after losing 1-0 to Lens in the previous round, while the visitors are 10th after a 2-3 win over Stade Brestois 29. PSG has won 80% in 20 matches. the nearest home and Marseille lost 15% in the last 20 away games.

Due to some COVID-19 cases, PSG will have to play without Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Keylor Navas, Marquinhos and Leandro Paredes again. Neymar and Angel Di Maria are competing to take off this weekend as they recover, but the duo are not expected to be reinstated immediately to the starting lineup. Julian Draxler is also still in doubt after missing a clash with Lens due to injury, but Sergio Rico returns for this match and is expected to replace Marcin Bulka in goal. PSG's roster has been devastated by a number of coronavirus cases over the past week and the Champions League runners-up brought the inexperienced team into the first game of last season with newly promoted Lens, Thomas Tuchel forced having to watch their side make a 0-1 defeat to Ligue 1 returnees on Thursday night, and there is little time for PSG to survive that dreadful defeat as they try to recover for the weekend match against Marseille. The defeat to Lens ended a 15-match unbeaten streak in France's top league for the champions and they were also unable to score in a league match for the first time in nearly a year.

Marseille has a relatively clean medical list ahead of Le Classique, with the only confirmed absence being Bouna Sarr. Villas-Boas revealed that Morgan Sanson was forced to miss Friday's training with a minor injury, but the midfielder will be fine on the bench for Sunday's match. Duje Caleta-Car, who scored double in Marseille's win over Brest, will be paired with either Leonardo Balerdi or Alvaro Gonzalez in the defense. Marseille is also feeling the impact of the pandemic as they suffer a pre-emptive outbreak for the new season. Andre Villas-Boas's side, however, were still ahead of Brest in the first match of the campaign, but Marseille had to work hard to win 3-2 two weeks ago. Marseille ended the 2019-20 season restricted by being 12 points behind PSG, despite having played one game more, and it will take something really spectacular to challenge the throne. A win for Les Olympiens this weekend is sure to put their loyal fans into delirium again - no one can forget the spectacle in the street when PSG fell in the final. Champions League final - making the Marseille faithful very happy.




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