Paris Saint-Germain welcome Metz to the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1 on Wednesday night (20:00 kick-off) looking to win their first game of the new season.
The Parisians have started the 2020/21 campaign in dismal fashion, losing their opening two games to Lens and Marseille by a lacklustre 1-0 scoreline on both occasions.
Thomas Tuchel has the added strain of not only coming up short in Le Classique over the weekend but also seeing three of his key players get sent off, including Neymar.
For Metz it is a similar tale of woe, with the Maroons yet to taste victory this season as well, losing to both Monaco and Lille in the last few weeks.
Both these sides will be desperate to put points on the table, but without Neymar can PSG assert their dominance, or will Metz pull off another early upset?
Where to watch PSG vs Metz on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
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PSG & Metz’s previous line-ups:
- PSG (vs Marseille): Rico; Florenzi, Kehrer, Kimpembe, Bernat; Gueye, Herrera, Verratti; Sarabia, Neymar*, Di Maria.
- Metz (vs Lille): Oukidja; Centonze, Bronn, Boye, Fofana, Udol; Pajot, Angban, Maiga, Nguette; Niane.
Tuchel welcomed back Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Keylor Navas and Leandro Paredes for the Marseille clash, but will now be without the former and the latter after both picked up a red card against Andre Villas-Boas’ side — Layvin Kurzawa was also sent off.
The German could have Kylian Mbappe, Marquinhos and Mauro Icardi to choose from later this week, which will add some much-needed quality in midfield and in the final third as PSG look to clinch their first win of the 2020/21 campaign.
Players to watch:
- PSG: Although Thilo Kehrer did an admirable job at right-back for PSG in the Champions League last month, the Germany international just lacked the attacking verve of Thomas Meunier, who left for Borussia Dortmund in the summer. As such Tuchel has brought in Alessandro Florenzi on loan from Roma for the season, and he immediately showcased his attacking exploits against Marseille on Sunday. His introduction allowed Kehrer to shuffle back across to centre-back, alleviating the departure of Thiago Silva, while the Italian offered the full-back prowess of his predecessor, Meunier. The arrival of Florenzi could bring a new dimension to PSG going forward which, judging by the past two games, they desperately need.
- Metz: Just like PSG, Metz have also fired a blank in the last two games, and so, will need their most prolific players on song for such an important game against the French heavyweights. One player who could leave a significant imprint in this contest is Habib Diallo. The Senegal international was Metz’s top scorer in the league last campaign with 10 goals and will be relishing the chance to rack up another double-digit tally. He has started the previous two games on the bench but will surely be in for a start this time round as Metz look to pull off a giantkilling.