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How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Lille

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in Sunday night’s Ligue 1 clash with Lille. Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain will travel to second-placed Lille on Sunday night knowing that a draw would be enough to secure the title with serious room to space. As it stands, PSG are 20 points clear of Lille with a game in hand, meaning that only a miracle of some sort will prevent Thomas Tuchel‘s side from landing the title once again. The French champions were held at home by Strasbourg last weekend as they missed the chance to wrap up the championship, but they will have another opportunity on Sunday night. Tuchel’s team will face Rennes in the Coupe de France final later this month, but with no Champions League football, PSG’s strongest availa...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Nantes

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in Wednesday’s Coupe de France semi-final with Nantes. Paris Saint-Germain will welcome Nantes to the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France. There will be no Coupe de la Ligue or Champions League title for PSG this term, but Thomas Tuchel‘s side are 20 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as they close on another crown. The Coupe de France has taken on added importance for the Paris giants this season and they will be desperate to overcome Nantes on Wednesday night. PSG will enter the match off the back of a 1-0 win over Toulouse in the league at the weekend, with Kylian Mbappe grabbing the only goal of the contest in the 74th minute. Here, Sports Mole has taken a look at how PSG co...

PSG make trip to Toulouse with just 14 players

Paris St Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is braced for a tough test at Ligue 1 rivals Toulouse as a string of injuries threaten to undermine his plans. Tuchel’s runaway leaders, 20 points clear at the top, bid for an eighth straight league win on Sunday at Stadium TFC, but will be without half a dozen of their star names. “There are a lot of players missing for this trip to Toulouse,” said Tuchel, who has just 14 outfield players to choose from. “Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Thomas Meunier and Dani Alves are injured, so I only have a reduced squad available. “I have 14 players and two goalkeepers. I have faith in my squad all the same. We’re going to do good things, even if it’s not easy to work with such a diminished squad.&#...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Toulouse

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Toulouse. Paris Saint-Germain will look to continue their charge towards the Ligue 1 title when they travel to Toulouse on Sunday night. PSG currently sit an incredible 20 points clear of second-placed Lille with a game in hand as they sprint their way towards another crown. Domestically, it is shaping up to be another strong campaign as they prepare to face Nantes in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France next week, but the club as a whole will still be thinking about their Champions League elimination to Manchester United. The show must go on, though, and following the international break, Thomas Tuchel‘s side will be looking to put yet another three league points on the board. Here, Spo...

Preview: Argentina vs. Venezuela – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Argentina’s international friendly with Venezuela. Lionel Messi will play for Argentina for the first time since the 2018 World Cup when La Albiceleste take on Venezuela in an international friendly on Friday. Messi stepped away from the national team following last summer’s competition, but the Barcelona forward is now back in the fold and will be looking to help Argentina record their third straight win. Argentina © Reuters Argentina have played six times since last summer’s World Cup, overcoming Guatemala, Iraq and Mexico (twice), in addition to drawing with Colombia and losing to Brazil; they will play twice more before this summer’s Copa America – at home to Venezuela on Friday an...

Result: Paris St Germain beat Marseille again to extend lead at the top of Ligue 1

Paris St Germain continued their recent dominance of Le Classique with a 3-1 victory over Marseille at the Parc des Princes. Kylian Mbappe’s 26th league goal of the season gave PSG the half-time lead but Valere Germain equalised right at the start of the second half. Angel Di Maria struck either side of a red card for Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to seal the win and move PSG ever nearer to another Ligue 1 title. Mbappe could have made the scoreline more emphatic but he saw an injury-time penalty saved by back-up keeper Yohann Pele. The win was PSG’s fourth in a row against their rivals and saw Thomas Tuchel’s team extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 20 points. Marseille stay fourth, six points behind Lyon, after seeing their six-match unbeaten run, which included five victori...

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

Sports Mole provides the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Paris Saint-Germain’s home Ligue 1 fixture against Marseille. Paris Saint-Germain will look to continue their surge towards the Ligue 1 title when they welcome fourth-placed Marseille to the French capital on Sunday night. Thomas Tuchel‘s side currently boast an incredible 17-point lead over second-placed Lille in France’s top flight, still with a game in hand, having won 24 of their 27 league matches this term. Paris Saint-Germain © Reuters PSG have been far too good for the rest of Ligue 1 this term. Indeed, 24 wins and just one defeat from their 27 matches has left them top of the table, some 17 points ahead of second-placed Lille with a game in hand. Not only are Tuchel’s team comfortabl...

Result: Paris St Germain recover from Champions League exit with thumping win at Dijon

The Ligue 1 leaders extended their advantage to 17 points. Paris St Germain bounced back from their Champions League exit against Manchester United with a convincing 4-0 win at struggling Dijon to tighten their grip on the Ligue 1 title. Brazil defender Marquinhos headed PSG into an early lead from a corner and Kylian Mbappe made it 2-0 just before half-time. Angel Di Maria curled in a free-kick five minutes after the restart, with substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting adding a fourth during stoppage time. The victory saw PSG restore their 17-point lead over second-placed Lille – with a match in hand – as Thomas Tuchel’s side laid down a marker ahead of Le Classique clash against Marseille on Sunday. PSG had broken the deadlock following a corner in the seventh minute when Marquinhos’ flicke...

Combined XI: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United

Ahead of the Champions League showdown between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both sides. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United face off once again at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. PSG were 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford on February 12 – the first time the European heavyweights have met in a competitive fixture. United have been in terrific form over the past two-and-a-half months, but they make the trip to the French capital with as many as 10 first-team players absent through injury and suspension, including key man Paul Pogba. The hosts are also expected to be without two star attackers in Neymar and Edinson Cavani, though the l...

UCL Team of the Week – Eriksen, Di Maria, Vertonghen

Sports Mole selects its Champions League team of the week from the first legs of the last-16 ties, including Christian Eriksen, Angel Di Maria and Jan Vertonghen. The first legs of the Champions League last 16 have left some ties all-but over and others fascinatingly poised for the second legs next month. Manchester United‘s hopes of making it through to the quarter-finals are hanging by a thread after they were beaten 2-0 at home by Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool are also up against it following a goalless draw with Bayern Munich at Anfield. By contrast, Tottenham Hotspur have one foot in the last eight courtesy of their 3-0 triumph over Borussia Dortmund, while Manchester City‘s dramatic late win at Schalke 04 puts them firmly in the driving seat of their tie. Real Madrid...

Result: Pogba sees red as PSG beat Man Utd

Paris Saint-Germain inflict a first defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain have put one foot into the quarter-finals of the Champions League courtesy of a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Old Trafford this evening. The Ligue 1 leaders switched gear in the second half as quickfire goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave the visitors two crucial away goals and a commanding advantage to take back to the Parc des Princes on March 6. The result sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffer his first defeat in his 12th match as United manager, and their misery was compounded late on when Paul Pogba was sent off to ensure that he will miss the return leg in P...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

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