Paris has problems with courageous Gäaten from Lens. Mbappé at least pulls out a free-kick off the halfway line, allowing PSG to control the ball for the time being.
Lens boldly presses and takes the first corner as Forfana wins the ball against Hakimi. Fulgini brings the standard too short in the middle, but immediately gets the ball back. His subsequent cross ball lands squarely on Openda’s head, who finishes at the near post and checks Donnarumma from close range. However, the Italian quickly jerked his arm up and made a strong parry.
The ball rolls. Paris Saint-Germain opens the game in the dark blue jerseys. The RC Lens wears yellow jerseys and red shorts.
The 22 actors have entered the lawn and are soaking up the atmosphere in the Parc des Princes. The players make the final preparations. In a few moments, the top game of the 31st match day can begin.
Lens coach Franck Haise also makes just one change from the 2-1 win over Strasbourg. This meets Florian Sotoca, who is only sitting on the bench. Instead, Deiver Machado moves into the starting lineup, replacing Sotoca one-for-one on the right. Tactically, the guests will probably act in a 3-4-2-1 system. However, a chain of five is also possible against the ball. Today it will certainly also be important for Lens to counterattack quickly and precisely.
Paris coach Christophe Galtier changed his team in just one position compared to the 2-0 win against Nice. Fabián Ruiz will start in place of the injured Renato Sanches. Tactically, everything points to a 3-5-2 system with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé at the top. Neymar is still out injured.
RC Lens is the surprise team of the season and probably the only club that can still challenge Paris for the championship. Lens currently has 63 points, six points fewer than Paris. So with a win today you could get three points and the title race would be open again. After a short interim low, the team presented themselves efficiently again in the past few weeks and defeated Clermont, Angers, Rennais and Strasbourg in Ligue 1.
Paris Saint-Germain leads the Ligue 1 table with 69 points. However, the capital club already has its problems throughout 2023. Even after the Champions League defeat against Munich, appearances in the league remained poor compared to their own claims. In the last four games there have been victories against Brestois and Nice, while losing against Stade Rennes and Olympique Lyon. For this reason, the star ensemble cannot be sure of its cause. However, the game against pursuer Lens can definitely be considered the first small match point.
Hello and welcome to Matchday 31 in Ligue 1. Paris Saint-Germain and RC Lens meet on Saturday night. Kick-off is at 9 p.m.