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PSG vs Lille: Preview and possible lineups

Pin Mbappe and Buffon will return to the starting XI. AFP
Mbappe and Buffon will return to the starting XI. AFP

PSG vs Lille: Preview and possible lineups

Simon Green by Simon Green @besoccer_com - 0 8,801

Here we take a look ahead of the Ligue 1 clash against PSG and Lille at the Parc des Princes.

PSG: The defending champions have had the perfect start to their season so far, winning all of their 11 games so far including a tough match in 'Le Clasique' last time out. Regardless, they will be confident of another win here.

Presnel Kimpembe will be suspended in this one, which Dani Alves, Kurzawa and Edinson Cavani are back in training but this may come too soon for them to play.

Lille: Having won eight of their opening game sof the season, the away side have alos had an excellent stat to their campaign so far, and sit second behind the Parisians.

Christophe Galtier has no injury concerns coming in to the game and will hope that his team's attacking trio of Bamba, Ikoné and Pépé will be a match for their opponents' famed attacking line.

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel on the danger of Lille's counter-attacking style:

"Lille have some fantastic individual quality and very dangerous players in attack. They are very good on the counterattack. Tomorrow we will have to control the match, but also their counterattacks.

"We already know that one of the keys will be controlling Lille's counterattacks. We have to stop them at the source, to not suffer the consequences."

Lille manager Christophe Galtier on how to combat such an impressibve PSG team:

"We all know that PSG are a machine and it will be tough to go there and beat them. We have our qulalities, and we're not going to try and stop them from playing, we're going to go their with ambition and not hold back. We have nothing to lose."

"We have to be ourselves and express ourselves. I want the team to support eachother and that we do what we've done since the start of the season, what we do best and what's worked so far"

Did you know?

PSG starlet Kylian Mbappé is now the top goalscorer in the top 5 leagues this season (10 goals).

Lille have picked up 25 points after 11 games in Ligue 1 2018/19, their best tally at this stage since 1952/53 (with 3 pts for a win).

PSG have not lost to Lille since January 2010, when they fell to a 3-1 defeat to a team that included Eden Hazard.

Prediction: 4-2


Possible lineups:

PSG: Buffon; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kehrer; Meunier, Verratti, Rabiot, Bernat; Di Maria, Mbappé, Neymar.

Lille: Maignan; Celik, Fonte, Soumaoro, Ballo-Touré; Thiago Mendes, Xeka; Pépé, Ikoné, Bamba; Leao

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