Ligue 1’s top three teams, PSG vs Clermont, will meet this week in a match that is sure to be a showpiece. How will the fiery newcomer do against the title challenger in the rematch? Mauricio Pochettino has announced that Lionel Messi, Neymar, Angel Di Maria, and Leandro Paredes will not play against Clermont Foot 63 in Ligue 1 on Saturday after returning from international duty in South America.
On Friday morning (at least according to French time), Messi scored a hat-trick as the Albiceleste returned home triumphant following their Copa America title this summer with a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Bolivia.
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Key Stats of PSG vs Clermont
- Paris have won their last 28 home matches against newly-promoted teams in Ligue 1 without losing, winning 15 of the last 15. Montpellier lost to them in May 2010.
- PSG won the six Ligue 1 final games.
- In their last four matches, both teams scored at least one goal.
- This will mark the first meeting between the two teams in the league.
- Clermont has scored nine goals during four Ligue 1 games. PSG are the only one to have scored 12 goals.
The latest squad news for PSG vs Clermont
Sergio Ramos, Colin Dagba, Juan Bernat, and Marco Verratti are all expected to miss the match due to long-term ailments, while Marco Verratti remains a question mark.
In addition to Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes have all been participating in World Cup qualifying matches in South America and will not be featured in this match. With no significant injuries to worry about, Clermont is ready to take on the weekend.
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Clermont Foot
Clermont are the clear underdogs but the PSG roster has a few more players who can help even the playing field.
Mauricio pochettino doesn’t dismiss the minnows, and will be up for any challenge. Gastien used a settled starting XI this year, which could be to their advantage. Anything is possible as long as they have control over the midfield.
PSG, while possessing some of the best players in the world, has shown itself to be a weak point at the defense. There is a weakness in Clermoint’s offensive which they might take advantage of. Given both teams’ desire to win, it’s realistic to expect a high-scoring game. However, PSG’s brilliance should ultimately come through.