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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...

Romelu Lukaku to make return from injury next week?

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is handed a fitness boost as striker Romelu Lukaku is reportedly expected to return to action over the next week. Romelu Lukaku is reportedly on course to make his return to action from a troublesome foot problem in Manchester United‘s league clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers next week. The 25-year-old sustained the injury in a collision with Marquinhos during the Red Devils’ memorable 3-1 victory away to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month. Lukaku started against Arsenal four days later and aggravated the injury, ruling him out of United’s FA Cup quarter-final tie at Molineux on March 16, as well as Belgium’s two games over the international break. According to The Sun, however, the former Everton and Chelsea strik...

Preview: Brazil vs. Panama – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s international friendly between Brazil and Panama. Brazil head into their international friendly with Panama having put together a six-match winning streak since their defeat to Belgium in the World Cup quarter-finals. Panama have made the trip to Portugal having suffered five defeats in half-a-dozen fixtures played over the same period. Brazil © Reuters Brazil were hugely disappointed to have been eliminated by Belgium in the last eight of the World Cup, but Tite‘s side have responded to that setback in the best possible way. Half-a-dozen victories have been recorded without conceding a goal, and it is a run of wins which has included narrow successes over Argentina and Uruguay. Both triumphs cam...

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...

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...

Agent: ‘Kalidou Koulibaly not joining Paris Saint-Germain’

The agent of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly says that his client will not be moving to Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The agent of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has insisted that his client will not be moving to Paris Saint-Germain in this summer’s transfer window. Koulibaly, 27, is widely regarded as one of the best central defenders in world football and has previously been the subject of a £95m bid from Manchester United, according to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. United are believed to be desperate to sign the centre-back at the end of the season and the Red Devils have been boosted by the news that they will not have to compete with PSG. “PSG already have plenty of central defenders. Maybe he can play at No.10, they already play Marquinhos at No.6. But i...

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

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s Ligue 1 encounter between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain. Lyon play host to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Sunday evening looking to register their fourth successive win in all competitions. PSG will make the trip to the Lyon Olympic Stadium keen to further strengthen their commanding position at the top of the standings. Lyon © Reuters Lyon would have hoped to be much closer to PSG at this stage of the season, and there will be an acceptance that the title race is effectively already over with 16 points already separating the teams and the leaders possessing two games in hand. However, Bruno Genesio‘s side still have plenty to play for, and they require a strong second half to the campaign to qua...

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