PSG begin the defence of their Ligue 1 crown away at Lens. The Parisians have dominated domestically but fell at the last hurdle against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final last month. Thomas Tuchel’s dejected troops were defeated by a familiar face as Kingsley Coman’s header ensured the trophy went to Bavaria.
Where and when: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens – 10 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Lens vs. PSG: BT Sport 1
Last time: David Luiz, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Blaise Matuidi and Javier Pastore were all on the scoresheet during the encounter at Parc des Princes in March 2015.
Lens v PSG Predictions and Preview
Lens made their return to France’s top flight after the Ligue 2 campaign was curtailed with 10 rounds of action remaining. Les Sang et Or were in second place behind Lorient and have recruited well in the off-season.
Seko Fofana arrived from Udinese and forged a good career in Italy. The all-action midfielder rounded off his time with the Zebrette in style with the winner against Juventus and is looking to add more goals to his game. Fofana is 8/1 to net anytime and Lens will hope to bounce back from their 2-1 opening day loss to Nice. The hosts are 6/1 to pull off a shock win and 17/4 to earn a draw.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|PSG to win 3-1||9/1||Offer|
|Pablo Sarabia to score last||7/2||Offer|
|PSG to win by 2 goals||10/3||Offer|
Visitors PSG need to put their Champions League heartache behind them. The Parisians certainly had their chances but Kylian Mbappe and Neymar underwhelmed. Tuchel is likely to move his World Cup winner infield with Julian Draxler and Sarabia in support as Neymar and Di Maria continue to recuperate after testing positive for Covid-19.
The duo are joined on the sidelines by Leandro Paredes and, coupled with the departures of captain Thiago Silva and all-time top scorer Edinson Cavani, Tuchel is short of options.
Draxler was heralded as the next big thing in Germany during his Schalke days and there was a fight for his signature with Real Madrid and Arsenal big admirers, but he has struggled for regular game time in Paris.
The midfielder is embarking on his fifth season at Parc des Princes and has an opportunity to stake a place for a more regular role with a number of players unavailable for selection. Draxler is 6/1 to bag first.
Mbappe is 7/2 favourite to open proceedings as he bids for a fifth league championship. The 21-year-old has won nearly every honour in the game and is sure to get his hands on Europe’s biggest prize one day.
Mauro Icardi will take his place on the bench but will have a point to prove as the contest unfolds. The Argentine hit the ground running after moving from Inter 12 months ago but lost his place in the side as Di Maria returned from injury.
The ex-Nerazzurri hitman is 13/2 to hit the final effort of the fixture, while PSG are 2/9 to emerge triumphant. The travelling party are locked with bitter rivals Marseille on nine titles with Saint-Etienne only just ahead with 10.
One to watch for Lens: Gael Kakuta will line up in the hole behind Florian Sotoca and Ignatius Ganago and is 9/1 to score last. The well-travelled midfielder capped his debut with a goal on Matchday 1 and should benefit from Les Sang et Or’s brand of attacking football.
One to watch for PSG: Marco Verratti was sorely missed in Lisbon but should be fit to return to the starting eleven. The Italian playmaker will have more licence to join the attackers with Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye shielding the defence and is 16/2 in the same betting.
Long shot: Lens will be wary of a wounded PSG squad and it could be a long night for Franck Haise’s men if they concede early on. The Parisians are backed at 22/1 to seal a 5-0 thrashing and Mbappe is unlikely to fluff his lines again.