Match Today: Paris Saint-Germain vs Lens 01-01-2023 French League
Lens is an unlikely contender for the title in Ligue 1 and is hoping to capitalize on its home game against current leaders, Paris Saint-Germain in its next match.
Lens enters this match with 37 points in second place, seven points behind Paris Saint-Germain, who leads the standings.
Lens returned to the league after the World Cup break with a 0–0 draw with Nice, a result that marked the end of a five-match winning streak but they were unbeaten in their last six matches with four clean sheets. In Ligue 1, Lens have only suffered one loss this season, and they are up against the only unbeaten team in the league.
Eight of their last 10 matches have produced less than a goal, while seven of their 10 have scored clean sheets.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Lens
Paris Saint-Germain, for their part, entered this match after beating Strasbourg 2-1 in a hard-fought victory. They sent off Neymar in that game before Kylian Mbappe scored the winner late on.
Obviously, PSG struggled in that game and they need to get their rhythm back as soon as possible. In their last five matches, they have only two clean sheets. However, apart from the two draws in their 16 league games, they won all the rest.
PSG have scored two or more goals in each of their last five league matches, with both teams scoring in three of their last five Ligue 1 matches. This was not an easy match for Paris Saint-Germain in their recent meetings; They've only had one win in their last four matches. In their last two meetings with Lance, matches have ended in draws, with Lance picking up one win in four.
Lens against Paris Saint-Germain
Lens has seven clean sheets in 10 league matches. Eight of Lens' last 10 matches have ended with less than a goal. Paris Saint-Germain achieved one victory in four meetings with Lens. Both teams have scored in four of the last five matches between these two teams. Paris Saint-Germain has not lost in the league this season.
The dismissal of Neymar against Strasbourg means the Brazilian is suspended, and Carlos Soler is likely to play No. 10. Lionel Messi will be on his way back to Paris, allowing Hugo Ekitec to feature in attack.
Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes are the others who missed the match. Renato Sanchez could qualify for the squad, while Juan Bernat is expected to be fit despite a commendable performance by 17-year-old Aldeaille Picciapo at left-back on Wednesday.