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Ligue 1 | Gameweek 30
Apr 21, 2024 at 8pm UK
Parc des Princes
Lyon

PSG
4 - 1
Lyon

Matic (3' og.), Beraldo (6'), Ramos (32', 42')
FT(HT: 4-1)
Nuamah (37')

Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Lyon - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Ligue 1 clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Aiming to take a further step towards the French crown, Paris Saint-Germain will welcome Europe-chasing Lyon to Parc des Princes for a Ligue 1 clash on Sunday night.

Les Parisiens enjoyed a memorable night in the Champions League on Tuesday, whilst Les Gones are coming into this fixture after a seven-goal thriller with Brest last time out.


Match preview

Paris Saint-Germain's  (PSG) Kylian Mbappe with teammates celebrate after the match on April 16, 2024© Reuters

Looking to win an elusive Champions League crown for the first time, Kylian Mbappe and PSG booked their spot in the final four of this year's competition with a 4-1 second-leg victory over La Liga champions Barcelona on Tuesday night at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, but things did not start well for the visitors.

Possessing a one-goal lead from the first leg, the Catalan club doubled their advantage overall as former Leeds United man Raphinha found the net in the 12th minute, although Les Parisiens produced a remarkable comeback to continue in the tournament, with Ousmane Dembele and Vitinha getting onto the scoresheet alongside Mbappe, who bagged a brace.

Focusing back onto Ligue 1 matters, Luis Enrique's side disappointed massively during their most-recent domestic fixture, sharing the spoils with bottom side Clermont Foot on April 6, when a late strike from Goncalo Ramos forced a draw following a shock opener from Habib Keita.

That being said, Les Parisiens were still able to extended their unbeaten streak in Ligue 1 to an outstanding 23 matches and could be in line to secure their French crown on Sunday night, with the hosts sitting 10 points ahead of second-placed Brest, who come up against third-placed Monaco this weekend.

Despite their soon-to-be-champions status, PSG have not fared amazingly at the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1 this season, only winning eight of their 14 league matches in front of their home supporters in the French capital, dropping points on six occasions.

Lyon's Jake O'Brien celebrates scoring their first goal with Nicolas Tagliafico on December 2, 2023© Reuters

Lyon managed to extend their unbeaten streak in Ligue 1 to five matches last Sunday, when Les Gones came out on the winning side of a seven-goal thriller versus second-placed Brest at Groupama Stadium, seriously denting the visitors' chance of challenging PSG for the league title.

During a pulsating encounter - in which both sides had men receive their marching orders - Lyon were 3-1 behind heading into the final 20 minutes, but strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Tagliafico - coupled with an Ainsley Maitland-Niles penalty - allowed the hosts to steal three points.

After collecting 13 points from their last five Ligue 1 contests since the beginning of March, Pierre Sage's men have moved up to seventh in the Ligue 1 standings, now just two points behind sixth-placed Lens with five games left to go of a dramatic top-flight campaign.

Providing the large majority of the attacking firepower for Les Gones, former Arsenal marksman Lacazette has made the net ripple on 15 occasions in 24 Ligue 1 matches for his side so far in 2023-24, meaning that he leads his club's Golden Boot race ahead of centre-back Jake O'Brien, who has netted four times.

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Team News

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Luis Enrique before the match on March 17, 2024© Reuters

PSG remain without the services of centre-back Presnel Kimpembe, who is expected to be sidelined until the end of the month due to an Achilles injury.

Les Parisiens' options in their backline are further limited by the absence of Layvin Kurzawa, with the left-back managing just one league appearance this season due to a back issue.

There could be some alterations from the side who started the victory at Barcelona on Tuesday, with the likes of Mbappe and Dembele potentially earning a rest.

After his red card late on during the win over Brest last time out, left-back Tagliafico will be unavailable for selection at Parc des Princes on Sunday.

Lyon will therefore require a new starter on the left side of their four-man backline, with Brazilian Henrique Silva representing the most natural option.

Following his assist off the bench last weekend, Rayan Cherki is targeting a promotion to the starting XI, potentially at the expense of 19-year-old Malick Fofana.


Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Hernandez, Mendes; Zaire-Emery, Vitinha, Ruiz; Dembele, Barcola, Mbappe

Lyon possible starting lineup:
Lopes; Maitland-Niles, Mata, O'Brien, Silva; Caqueret, Matic, Tolisso; Cherki, Benrahma, Lacazette


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We say: Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Lyon

After the elation of Tuesday night, we are expecting a potentially limp performance from PSG on Sunday, when Lyon could end up earning a result from their visit to the French capital.

Les Gones are enjoying a good run of form and will be confident of upsetting the odds at Parc des Princes this weekend.


For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CParis Saint-GermainPSG342210281334876
2MonacoMonaco34207768422667
3Brest341710753341961
4Lille341611752341859
5Nice341510940291155
6Lyon34165134955-653
7Lens34149114537851
8Marseille3413111052411150
9Reims34138134247-547
10Rennes341210125346746
11Toulouse341110134246-443
12Montpellier HSCMontpellier341012124348-541
13StrasbourgStrasbourg34109153850-1239
14NantesNantes3496193055-2533
15Le HavreLe Havre34711163445-1132
16Metz3485213558-2329
RLorient3478194366-2329
RClermont34510192660-3425


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