Paris Saint-Germain kick start their Ligue 1 season with a trip to RC Lens on Thursday night (8:00pm kick-off).
The Parisians will be looking to put their Champions League final defeat behind them when Thomas Tuchel’s side travel to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
The Ligue 1 campaign got underway last month but PSG have been handed an extended break to recover from their Lisbon showdown with Bayern Munich.
Newly-promoted Lens began their new season in the worst possible fashion, losing 2-1 to Nice on the opening weekend, but the ‘Blood and Gold’ will be hoping PSG are yet to refocus following the disappointment in Portugal and are still suffering a slight hangover from that defeat.
PSG will be eyeing up a fourth successive Ligue 1 title this season, but can Lens conjure up an early upset and offer some excitement in these opening stages?
Where to watch Lens vs PSG on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
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Lens & PSG’s previous line-ups:
- Lens (vs Nice): Leca; Gradit, Bade, Medina; Michelin, Cahuzac, Doucoure, Boura; Kakuta, Sotoca, Ganago.
- PSG (vs Bayern Munich): Navas; Kehrer, Silva*, Kimpembe, Bernat; Herrera, Marquinhos, Paredes; Di Maria, Mbappe, Neymar.
Tuchel will be without centre-back Thiago Silva, who recently completed a move to Chelsea, so former Borussia Dortmund defender Abdou Diallo is expected to partner Presnel Kimpembe at the back. The German coach will also be hopeful Marco Verratti has fully overcome a calf issue and can make the starting XI.
Players to watch:
- Lens: Being a newly promoted club, Franck Haise will be under no illusions about the scale of the task at hand. His side put in a valiant performance against Nice last time out, but he will be desperate to avoid a second successive defeat, meaning his players must be switched on at both ends of the pitch. When Lens get chances, they will have to take them, and one player who could prove the difference-maker in this tie is former Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta. The 29-year-old suffered relegation with Amiens last season and will not want to experience a repeat of that. Having opened his account against Nice, Kakuta will have his eyes set on adding to his tally.
- PSG: The Parc des Princes may be awash with world -lass attacking talent, but Tuchel also has a number of excellent workers in his side, players who aren’t afraid to get their shorts muddy and put in the hard yards. Marquinhos typifies this approach. The versatile Brazilian has been reinvented as a defensive midfielder and offers his side the requisite protection needed just in front of the backline for his more attack-minded teammates to operate with greater freedom further up the pitch. Without Marquinhos anchoring the midfield, PSG lose balance and a safety net in the centre of the pitch, and he will be key to keeping players like Kakuta quiet later this week.
Scoreline prediction: Lens 0-3 PSG