Preview and Prediction
After the extended holiday due to their late fixtures for the Champions League on July, Le Parisien is getting ready for the new season. Thomas Tuchel’s men will begin earlier this midweek by visiting one of the promoted teams, Lens. It will also mark the start of the new season in other major European leagues, which also starts this weekend, such as Holland Eredivisie and English Premier League
Both teams’ latest news
Lens seems to be striving to stay in a top tier this season by signings new vital names for their squad. They are Udinese’s Seko Fofana, Toulouse’s Corentin Jean, Nice’s Ignatius Ganago, Armenie Biefield’s Jonathan Clauss, the Argentine Facundo Medina and the former Chelsea man, Gael Kakuta, who already scored in the first game against Nice before the international break. Meanwhile, they release Guillaume Gillet and Jules Keita.
On the other hand, PSG barely makes any new signings. They have only tied up their loaned players last season, Mauro Icardi and Spanish goalie Sergio Rico, recalled Alphonse Areola and released Thomas Munier and Thiago Silva on a free transfer plus terminated the contract of Edison Cavani and Eric Choupo-Moting.
Franck Haise is likely to employ the same formation 3-4-1-2. Gael Kakuta will be the number ten man behind Ignatius Ganago and Florian Sotoca. In the midfield, the Ivorian Seko Fofana and Yannick Cahuzac will be the ones who keep balance in the defence and attack. However, Cheikh Traore and Charles Boli will be sidelined due to their injury.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel might deploy 4-3-3 formation with the possible transition to 4-3-1-2. It is due to the fact that they are in crisis on the front. Kylian Mbappe is positively infected by covid-19 while Neymar, Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Marquinhos and Keylor Navas are ruled out because of their injuries. Thus, Julian Draxler, Jese Rodriguez and Pablo Sarabia are the only options left upfront.
Players to watch
The potential top performers in the current squad are Gael Kakuta, Seko Fofana, and the captain Yannick Cahuzac. Another possible notable name to watch is the former Nice man, Ignatius Ganago.
In PSG, without those key men in the squad, Tuchel will be relying on Julian Draxler as the playmaker to lead the attack. He will be supported by Marco Verratti and probably Andre Herrera. Another vital figure to watch is the former Bayern man, Juan Bernat.
Lens vs PSG Prediction
Gael Kakuta and Co will be facing a tougher challenge here than their previous game despite playing host and Neymar plus Mbappe’s absence. If they could lure PSG to dominate the ball and build up a counter attack plus work on their finishing touch, Lens could have a chance to snatch a point here. Nevertheless, a narrow win for the visiting side is more likely.
PSG is still the clear favourite. They are priced to win at 1.93, whereas the home side is only projected to win at 4.00. The odds for a draw result are at the value of 3.55.