Prematch: Paris Saint Germain vs Lorient

PSG are making headway towards winning their record 11th Ligue 1 crown

Published: April 28, 2023 00:19



Ligue 1
30 Apr 17:05

In short

Paris Saint-Germain FC will face FC Lorient on Sunday afternoon in their next Ligue 1 fixture, looking to secure their record 11th domestic crown and extend their unbeaten streak against Angers by winning against them again in Sunday’s match-up commencing at 16:05 at Parc des Princes.

Lorient Struggling to Find Winning Form in Ligue 1; PSG Match Could Offer Redemption

Lorient has gone five games without winning [DLDLL], suffering back-to-back losses following their 1-0 defeat against Toulouse and dropping one spot down the table into 11th position with 45 points from 12 wins, 9 draws and 11 defeats. Les Merlus appear destined for a mid-table finish, but an unlikely victory over PSG here could see them move two spots higher should other results prove favorable. Regis Le Bris has an impressive 37 percent win rate and could form an effective 4–1–4-1 formation with Ibrahima Kone as their striker. Kone is only responsible for five goals out of 31 appearances this season in Ligue 1, accounting for 14 percent of Lorient’s 43 goals scored overall. Due to injuries, Julien Ponceau and Jean-Victor Makengo are out for this matchup while Laporte, Theo Le Bris and Adil Aouchiche may still feature.

Mbappe's Double Leads PSG to 8-Point Lead Ahead of Ligue 1 Title Race

PSG defeated Angers last weekend 2-1 thanks to two goals scored by Kylian Mbappe [9′, 26′]. Unfortunately for Les Parisiens they could not keep a clean sheet, as Sada Thioub [87′] pulled one back for Angers. Paris now holds three straight wins, LLWWW, and sits eight points ahead of second-place Marseille [67 points], with six games left to go in their campaign. PSG currently have 75 points following 24W, 3D and 5L performances before their clash against Lorient this coming weekend. Les Parisiens currently boast an impressive 75 points from 32 Ligue 1 games – their highest total since 2018/19 [81]. A win against Lorient on Sunday could move them even closer towards winning an unprecedented 11th Ligue 1 crown. Paris have won their last six matches against visitors in Ligue 1, only losing to Angers (9 games) and Montpellier (7) during that span in the topflight. On Sunday, PSG will look to extend their winning streak against Lorient when they make their 33rd league appearance of the season. Christophe Galtier has planned for a 3–5–2 formation with Messi and Mbappe expected as attacking forces against Lorient. Neymar returned home following ankle surgery recovery time spent recuperating in Brazil – this week PSG issued a statement reading, “the player will now continue his rehabilitation protocol in Paris.”

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