PSG is back in action at the Parc des Princes in Paris and it has a chance for some sweet revenge if the club can hand defending champion LOSC Lille another defeat.
Last season Lille pipped PSG for the Ligue 1 title by a single point, interrupting a run of three straight league titles for the Parisian side. But Lille has struggled after it lost several key pieces and its league-winning head coach during the offseason, finding itself 13 points behind runaway leaders PSG after just 11 matches (10th place). A loss in Paris would virtually erase any last hope of Lille mounting a final push to defend its title.
However, a win for Lille would have the opposite effect and it is getting PSG at a vulnerable moment with several key players missing due to injury or suspension. The big loss is star forward Kylian Mbappe (ear infection), who has five goals and four assists in 11 Ligue 1 matches. Lionel Messi also missed practice on Thursday after picking up a knock, but he will start in a false nine forward role.
A spotty PSG defense will have to contend with the Ligue 1 co-leading top scorer: Canadian striker Jonathan David (seven goals in 11 matches). U.S. winger Tim Weah will also start on the bench for Lille, which managed to defeat PSG in the one-off Champions Trophy 1-0 to kick off the 2021-22 campaign.
Sporting News will be following the match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they’re available.
PSG vs. Lille final score
(All times Eastern)
14th min.: What a ball by Burak Yilmaz for Jonathan Ikone who can’t convert with Gigi Donnarumma at his mercy. Lille getting the early chances, but can’t convert.
12th min.: Lille has an attack-minded lineup and once the visitors win the ball, they’re flooding the attack with numbers. But the midfielders aren’t making the right passes (or the PSG defenders are doing a great job).
5th min.: It’s been back and forth with transitions going both ways. Reinildo stops one for PSG with a tackle that sends Angel Di Maria to the ground. He gets a yellow for stopping an attack, but the left back got all ball. That was not the right call by the ref.
1st min.: What a save by Gigi Donnarumma! Quick transition by Lille led by Jonathan Ikone, and forward Burak Yilmaz with a point-blank shot that the Italian ‘keeper has to dive to stop for a corner. Nothing comes of it.
1st min.: Lionel Messi kicks off the match. PSG ball to start.
2:58 p.m. ET: And now the teams are out:
2:50 p.m. ET: Team mascots are already out on the field:
2:43 p.m. ET: The PSG’s women’s team receives the adulation of the supporters’ section:
2:10 p.m. ET: The Parc des Princes should be rocking once more for the latest PSG home game.
2:00 p.m. ET: All eyes will be on Neymar. He’s feeling the heat and he’s been defensive in the media. At some point he needs to produce.
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PSG vs. Lille lineups
In addition to Mbappe’s absence, PSG enters the match a bit shorthanded, especially in midfield, where Marco Verratti (left hip) will be out four weeks and Leandro Paredes (quad) is sidelined until after the international break. Right back Achraf Hakimi is suspended after his red card against Marseille and star central defender Sergio Ramos is expected back next week.
PSG starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 50-Gianluigi Donnarumma-GK — 14-Juan Bernat, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 5-Marquinhos, 24-Thilo Kehrer — 27-Idrissa Gueye, 15-Danilo, 18-Georginio Wijnaldum — 10-Neymar Jr., 30-Lionel Messi, 11-Angel Di Maria
PSG subs (9): 1-Keylor Navas-GK, 17-Colin Dagba, 22-Abdou Diallo, 25-Nuno Mendes, 28-Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe, 12-Rafinha, 21-Ander Herrera, 23-Julian Draxler, 9-Mauro Icardi
Lille manager Jocelyn Gouvernnec will have do without suspended defensive midfielder Benjamin Andre (suspended) and two injury absences in center back Sven Botman and goalkeeper Leo Jardim, who are still out.
Lille starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Ivo Grbic-GK — 28-Reinildo, 3-Tiago Djalo, 6-Jose Fonte, 2-Zeki Celik — 7-Jonathan Bamba, 8-Xeka, 21-Renato Sanches, 10-Jonathan Ikone — 17-Burak Yilmaz, 9-Jonathan David
Lille subs (9): 16-Adam Jakubech-GK, 33-Kouadio-Yves Dabila, 26-Jeremy Pied, 5-Gabriel Gudmundsson, 24-Amadou Onana, 20-Angel Gomes, 11-Yusuf Yazici, 19-Isaac Lihadji, 22-Tim Weah
How to watch PSG vs. Lille
- Date: Fri, Oct. 29
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Espanol
- Streaming: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect
The match will be carried by Ligue 1 rightsholder beIN Sports in both English and Spanish. Both those beIN Channels are available to be streamed via fuboTV, which is available for new users with a free 7-day trial.
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