Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to return back to winning ways when they travel this weekend to take on Bordeaux for Ligue 1 action at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.
Stade de reims ripped the Mickey out of every possible prediction as they bamboozled the Parisians in front of their own fans, beating them 0-2 at Parc des Princes. It was a rare off day for Thomas Tuchel's men in the league, where they, more often than not, find life easy.
Bordeaux, meanwhile, have made a more than a decent start to the new season. As things stand, they are sitting at 5th on the points table, had every chance to break into the top-two by the end of this weekend's action in Ligue 1.
The Ligue 1 match will be played between Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, in Bordeaux, France. The ground has a capacity of 42,115.
The game will start at 09:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, September 28.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Bordeaux – D W D W D W
Paris Saint-Germain – W W W W W L
Bordeaux Team News:
Nicolas de Preville missed the last two games for Bordeaux due to a knee problem, but he returned to training this week. However, the player has to pass a late fitness test. As a result, Preville remains a doubt for this game.
Youssouf Sabaly meanwhile hasn't featured for the team since the opening weekend. He is doubtful as well.
Expect the hosts to more or less be the same as the last game:
Laurent Koscielny, Mexer and Pablo should feature in Paulo Sousa's three-man backline, with Loris Benito and Enock Kwateng providing the width out on the flanks.
However, Benito faces competition from Samuel Kalu, who scored a goal in the last game.
Aurélien Tchouaméni and Otavio should feature in the midfield, while Yacine Adli, the two-goal hero from the last game and François Kamano should be named in the line-up alongside striker Jimmy Briand.
That said, Youssef Aït Bennasser is back to full fitness and is pushing for a start.
Bordeaux Probable XI:
Benoit Costil (GK), Pablo, Laurent Koscielny, Mexer, Enock Kwateng, Aurelien Tchouameni, Otavio, Loris Benito, Francois Kamano, Yacine Adli, Jimmy Briand
Paris Saint-Germain Team News:
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, as well as Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer both, have been ruled out from this game due to injuries.
While the likes of Colin Dagba, Mitchel Bakker, Edinson Cavani, Tanguy Kouassi and Loic Soh MBE will miss the match as well.
Tuchel is sweating over the fitness of his stars!
Kylian Mbappe hasn't featured for PSG since suffering a hamstring injury a month ago, while his fellow teammate Edinson Cavani has missed the same amount of games with the same issue.
However, the duo returned to the training this week and there is an optimism that both the players may be involved here in some capacity.
While young right-back Colin Dagba could also be involved here after shaking off his injury problems this week.
But who could lead the lines here?
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting should start as the forward if Kylian Mbappe fails to recover in time to play here, while both Neymar and Angel di Maria will start on either side of Pablo Sarabia.
Kylian Mbappe has been named in the squad.
Here is Paris Saint-Germain squad for this game:
Juan Bernat, Adil Aouchiche, Marcin Bulka, Angel di Maria, Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye, Ander Herrera, Mauro Icardi, Arnaud Kalimuendo, Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa, Marquinhos, Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Meunier, Keylor Navas, Neymar, Leandro Paredes, Sergio Rico, Pablo Sarabia, Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti
Paris Saint-Germain Probable XI:
Keylor Navas (GK), Juan Bernat, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Thomas Meunier, Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, Angel Di Maria, Pablo Sarabia, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
PSG vs BOD Dream11 potential winner:
Paris Saint-Germain should at least get a draw here.