PSG vs Lens Live Free: Paris Saint-Germain vs RC Lens will match up in Ligue 1 play on Saturday, 23 April 2022. PSG is first in the league, with 77 points. RC Lens is seventh, with 53.
Paris Saint-Germain host European hopefuls RC Lens on Saturday knowing that even a draw will be enough to see them crowned French champions for the 10th time in their history. Only AS Saint-Etienne have done better for now and Les Verts’ last success came back in 1981 so this has the potential to be an historic occasion. Neymar is back from suspension while Lionel Messi has recovered from injury.
PSG will have the opportunity to confirm their Ligue 1 2021-22 title win when they face Lens on Sunday, April 24. The match will be played at the Parc des Princes and is scheduled to begin at 12:30 am IST (Indian Standard Time). Despite their struggle in Europe, PSG have been pretty dominant and consistent in Ligue 1 as they close in on a 10th league title. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are comfortably placed at the top with 77 points, 15 ahead of second-placed Marseille. They are in form as well, having defeated Marseille 2-1 two games ago. Kylian Mbappe Transfer News: Roberto Carlos ‘Confirms’ PSG Star is Coming to Real Madrid.
Kylian Mbappe would once again be one of the most important players for Pochettino’s PSG. The French forward has been in sensational form this season, having scored 22 goals and notched 14 assists in Ligue 1 this season. Lionel Messi will also be expected to perform well and add some more to this Ligue 1 goal tally, which is three at the moment.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men needed only to better Marseille’s result on Wednesday and they fulfilled their end of the bargain, thumping Angers 3-0, but a late Amine Harit winner at the Stade Velodrome meant celebrations were tempered in the capital, with the title not yet officially confirmed.
The Parisians though have their fate in their own hands this weekend, and can wrap things up with a result in any capacity against Lens, regardless of what happens in Marseille’s contest with Reims. It’s a foregone conclusion at this point, but Pochettino will want the title done and dusted sooner rather than later.
PSG vs Lens team news
Mauro Icardi is out for the next two or three weeks which effectively ends whatever was realistically left of a season which never really got started. Julian Draxler and Leandro Paredes continue to recover from recent surgery while Abdou Diallo closes on a return. Layvin Kurzawa and Colin Dagba miss out completely.
Gael Kakuta and Massadio Haidara are back, but Patrick Berg and Facundo Medina miss out for the Northerners with Arnaud Kalimuendo eligible to play despite his loan from PSG.
Lionel Messi, Marco Verratti and Presnel Kimpembe are all currently struggling with various injury issues and the trio enter this weekend’s potential title-clincher doubtful. Presnel Kimpembe, Ander Herrera, Layvin Kurzawa, Leandro Paredes, Julian Draxler and Abdou Diallo are all also out of action for Pochettino, but the Argentine coach does welcome back Neymar from suspension. Teenage prospect Edouard Michut, though, now faces a ban after seeing red late on against Angers.
Franck Haise sees his squad boosted by the return of Massadio Haidara from suspension, with the former Newcastle man expected to slot back into Lens’ defence. Facundo Medina, Gael Kakuta and Patrick Berg, though are all doubtful for this one, leaving Haise with plenty to ponder in the attacking department.
PSG XI: Navas (GK) – Hakimi, Marquinhos, Ramos, Mendes – Wijnaldum, Pereira, Gueye – Messi, Mbappe, Neymar
Lens XI: Farinez (GK) – Gradit, Danso, Wooh – Clauss, Doucoure, Fofana, Frankowski – Costa-Kalimuendo, Sotoca
Given the visitors’ motivation and the fact that the hosts probably thought that they had done enough midweek before Olympique de Marseille made them wait, this one might be closer than expected. PSG are nearly on their holidays while Lens cannot give up an inch if they want to seal a deserved return to the continental stage.