LEN Vs PSG Dream 11 Prediction: Riddled by Coronavirus, a massively depleted PSG side steps out for its league opener today.
PSG have become the latest fatality of the Coronavirus pandemic. With the disease once again spurting in France as the second wave takes over the country, Ligue 1 has become a causality of the same with almost all the partaking clubs seeing cases spring up in their ranks.
PSG have been especially hard hit by the disease with a string of world-class starters testing positive for COVID. It sees the side be left with a paper thin squad ahead of the team’s impending encounter as it gets ready to begin its title defence for the first time in Ligue 1 2020-21.
Also, with extremely little time to get together after having lost the Champions League final to Bayern Munich only three weeks back, this hasn’t been the most ideal of preparation period for PSG. The club also lost out on a string of names to the French squad with the side partaking in the UEFA Nations League 2020-21 only a couple of days back.
In the midst of this dilemma, PSG couldn’t have asked for a better encounter come today. Up against newly-promoted Lens, PSG will have little qualms in registering a win today despite featuring a far from ideal side.
While last season’s champions are widely touted to register a win today, Lens themselves will be fanciful of their chances today. PSG’s identity won’t dissuade them given the side is bereft of its regular starters with Lens looking to emulate the same girt it did against Nice.
However, there’s no discounting PSG’s strength. A repertoire which is more than capable of compensating for the names out of action will see the visiting team ease its way to the three points.
Probable Playing 11
- Lens will have to do without Massadio who is suspended for the forthcoming affair.
- Neymar, Mbappe, Icardi and Neves are all going to be sidelined with the players diagnosed with COVID.
Leca, Gradit, Bade, Medina, Michelin, Cahuzac, Doucoure, Boura, Kakuta, Sotoca, Ganago
Rico, Kehrer, Kimpembe, Diallo, Dagba, Herrera, Gueye, Bernat, Draxler, Sarabia, Jese
Ligue 1 2020-21
Match: Lens Vs PSG
Date And Time: 11th September, Friday- 12:30 am IST
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
- Kakuta: 1 Goal
- Mbappe: 18 Goals, 5 Assists
Nice Vs Lens: 2-1
Dream 11 Picks
Jean-Louis Leca had a massive hand to play in Lens’ resilient showing the last time around. He banished away shot after shot to make life a throbbing headache for Nice on the day.
The one area where PSG are unaffected in the side’s defence. Apart from Silva having departed for Chelsea, the rest of the defence maintains its identity from the foregone season.
And with Lens showing their vulnerabilities in an attack against Nice, this could easily end up as a clean-sheet for the visiting team. It’s a narrative we are heavily going to entrust, one which sees Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat and Presnel Kimpembe all be embedded in our setup.
The opposition, on the other hand, see us opt for the singular pick of wingback Issiaga Sylla given his attacking penchant.
On loan at his 12th club, Chelsea’s Gael Kakuta came up with Lens’ first goal this season to see him become a must pick for us today. PSG on the other hand see us venture in with a quartet of picks with us compensating for the side’s entire selections in this slot.
We begin with the duo of Pablo Sarabia and Julian Draxler. With Neymar, Mbappe and Icardi all out with COVID both Sarabia and Draxler will get a rare chance to step out onto the pitch right from the first minute.
It’s an opportunity both will be looking to grab with open arms as the duo looks to lay its claim for an elevated spot in the team’s playing 11. And with Lens being far from the most articulate of defensive units, we see this PSG partnership moving in unison to traverse past the home side’s backline.
Midfielders Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti will be joining up with the two. The two will relish in large amounts of the ball, possession they make full use of with their ball-handling abilities.
The assists Ignatius Ganago registered the last time around sees him complete our Dream 11 side for the outing.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Given their elevated roles up the pitch today, Sarabia will be our captain while Draxler is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Team
Leva, Sylla, Bernat, Presnel, Kehrer, Kakuta, Draxler, Paredes, Verratti, Sarabia, Ganago
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Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.