Paris Saint-Germain are hoping for some much-needed peace once they journey to Metz in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino and Lionel Messi mixed to create a media frenzy within the 2-1 victory over Lyon, with the supervisor’s choice to interchange Messi nearly as fascinating because the latter’s selection to reject a handshake.
There mustn’t be a lot drama about this. Metz are at the underside of Ligue 1 and are nonetheless chasing their first victory six matches, whereas PSG to date have tasted nothing however victory.
Here is every thing that you must find out about this.
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What time is the kick off? Wednesday 22 September, 20:00 (BST)Where is it performed? Stade Saint-SymphorienTV channel? BT Sport 2 (UK), beIN SPORTS / fubo -TV (USA)Highlights? BT Sport YouTube, Ligue 1 Uber Eats YouTubeJudge? TBC
Udol fights harm / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / Getty Images
There are hopes that Sofiane Alakouch and Matthieu Udol might be wholesome sufficient to play a position right here, however Thomas Delaine is going through a race in opposition to time to recuperate from a foot harm and Kevin N’Doram is not going to be seen till October whereas he’s recovering from a damaged collarbone.
There might be loads of eyes on new Tottenham purchaser Pape Sarr, who has performed a extra superior position just lately however can go deeper to assist his facet resist PSG’s assault.
Messi has a knee harm / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
Messi has a damaged leg and can relaxation for this, and this recreation additionally comes too early for midfielder Marco Verratti, who began working once more on Tuesday however nonetheless has a variety of work to do earlier than he was ok to return.
Sergio Ramos, Ismael Gharbi, Juan Bernat, Colin Dagba and Layvin Kurzawa are all anticipated to overlook as nicely, and Pochettino might use this as a likelihood to relaxation Kylian Mbappe, who has performed with an ankle downside.
Metz: Oukidja; Kouyate, Bronn, Udol; Centonze, Maiga, Sarr, Yade; Gueye, Boulaya; Niane.
PSG: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Paredes, Herrera, Wijnaldum; Di Maria, Icardi, Neymar.
PSG tended to have the sting over Metz even earlier than the cash rolled in, and unsurprisingly, they’ve been fully dominant since then.
Since Metz returned to the highest flight in 2014, PSG have received ten on the bounce with a mixed rating of 30-7, so it’s secure to say that the Parisians could be the favorites for this one.
Metz’s final victory of this match got here in May 2006, once they took a stunning 1-0 victory over a second string PSG facet that had rested the star sights Pauleta, Mario Yepes and Bonaventure Kalou.
PSG are apparent favorites / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
There are not any costs to foretell a PSG win right here. It’s only a matter of what number of targets Pochettino’s males will rating.
PSG could not use all their stars, however with a entrance line that may possible embody Neymar, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria, they will simply put 5 – 6 previous this struggling Metz facet, who’ve conceded greater than two targets per recreation. on common already this season.
Pochettino will demand a giant win, and something however can be the shock of the century.
Prediction: Metz 0-5 PSG