BREST VS PSG LIVE DETAILS: TEAM NEWS, PROBABLE LINEUPS, PREDICTION, TEAM NEWS & KEY STATS
When Paris Saint-Germain takes on Brest at Stade Francis-Le Ble on Friday night, they will be looking to make it three wins in a row.
This summer has been a spectacular success for Paris Saint-Germain, both on and off the field. While the signing of Lionel Messi and other world-class players has piqued interest, they have also played admirably in the early stages of the season, notably winning two games in a row to begin their 2021/22 Ligue 1 campaign.
They have the chance to make it three wins in a row on Friday when they go to Stade Francis-Le Ble to face Brest. It will be a crucial match for the Ligue 1 heavyweights in their bid to reclaim the crown after LOSC Lille's victory last season. After narrowly defeating Troyes in their previous match, PSG thrashed Strasbourg 5-0.
It's debatable whether Brest would be a more difficult opponent, having nearly avoided relegation last season by a point. The hosts, on the other hand, have had a good start to the season, picking up points from both Stade Rennais and Olympique Lyon. In these early stages, they are now in the middle of the table, with PSG in third place, behind Anger and Clermont Foot.
It remains to be seen whether any of these three clubs can maintain their perfect record moving into the third Matchday of Ligue 1, but Brest will undoubtedly want to trigger an upset that will act as a confidence boost in the weeks ahead.
And we'll run the rule over these two teams in their exciting match on Friday night in this northwest city of Brittany, right here at The Hard Tackle.
Tactics & Team News
There aren't too many players missing for Brest, though Haris Belkebla's participation is a bit of a question mark. Coach Michel Der Zakarian will be eager to get the Algerian back to full fitness because he is crucial to the team's creative output in the final third.
In the absence of Belkabla, Romain Faivre played at number ten, but with the latter expected to return, Faivre could start in his customary wide attacking role.
As the trio looks to give assistance for lone striker Steve Mounie, the offensive combination of him, Belkabla, and Irvin Cardona may be incredibly dangerous for the PSG defense. The 26-year-old himself is a hard worker who could pose a threat at the counter.
Hugo Magnetti could be replaced in central midfield as a result of Belkabla's comeback, with Franck Honorat moving to the right side. Belkabla may so team up with Hianga'a Mbock to form a versatile 4-4-2 that can easily be converted to a 4-2-3-1.
Der Zakarian has no cause to make any changes from a defensive standpoint. The center defense pairing of Brendan Chardonnet and Lilian Brassier, on the other hand, may have a considerably more difficult time containing the PSG onslaught. As the four defenders seek to protect Marco Bizot in goal, they will need maximum help from the full-backs Ronael Pierre-Gabriel and Jere Uronen.
Fans around the world may have to wait a little longer to see Lionel Messi make his PSG debut. According to a recent Sky report, the game against Brest on Friday may come too soon for the Argentine legend, who has not had any pre-season match practice since his country's Copa America victory.
As a result, his compatriot Mauro Icardi will once again lead the line for Les Parisiens. Mauricio Pochettino has no reason to make any offensive changes after Julian Draxler's performance against Strasbourg. In the PSG frontline, he should continue to play alongside Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi, with Pablo Sarabia as a backup.
Pochettino's 4-3-3 configuration has proven to be effective at PSG thus far. Georginio Wijnaldum, a recent addition, provides diversity thanks to his aggression, which works well alongside Danilo and the more creative Ander Herrera.
Danilo did not start the previous game, but he should be called up this time in place of teenage phenom Eric Ebimbe. The 20-year-old is one of PSG's many excellent young players, and he might start on the bench on Friday.
The addition of Achraf Hakimi to the defense has been a huge success. From the right flank, the Moroccan international has provided a lot of paces and attacking support, allowing PSG to become more effective in the final third.
Hakimi will be backed up by Thilo Kehrer and Presnel Kimpembe in central defense, with Abdou Diallo keeping his place as left-back. Meanwhile, Gianluigi Donnarumma might take over in goal from Keylor Navas, though not this week, as the Italian international had just recently arrived in Paris.
However, given that Neymar, Messi, and Angel Di Maria have all just trained, it is not strange to see them on the bench. Sergio Ramos is still sidelined due to injury, although he could make his return against Reims at the end of the month or after the international break.
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Brest have a poor record against Paris, and despite playing well in their opening two games against difficult opponents, they are likely to succumb under pressure on Friday. This imposing PSG frontline may prove too much for the hosts, who would prefer to avoid humiliation in front of their own supporters. PSG is expected to win by a score of 2-0, according to the Hard Tackle.