KICK off: 11 February after 22:00
Team news: Lille right-back Zeki Celik will serve a suspension in the season’s curtain-raiser due to an accumulation of bookings, which opens the door for Jeremy Pied or makeshift right-back Tiago Djalo to start in his absence. Unsurprisingly, several of Lille’s title-winning contingent have been the subject of bids from elsewhere, with Mike Maignan and Boubakary Soumare both moving on, while Renato Sanches continues to be linked with a Premier League move. Early indications show that Gourvennec is set to stick with Lille’s title-winning 4-4-2 setup from last season, as the potent front two of Jonathan David and a man 15 years his senior in Burak Yilmaz seek to pick up from where they left off. In contrast, PSG will have to work around a plethora of first-team absences here, with the team’s South American contingent of Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Neymar still recovering from their Copa America exploits. Euro 2020 winners Donnarumma and Marco Verratti – along with Spain’s Pablo Sarabia – are also taking more time off, but the quartet of Kylian Mbappe, Presnel Kimpembe, Danilo Pereira and Wijnaldum could make the journey. As far as PSG’s infirmary is concerned, Ramos, Colin Dagba, Rafinha and long-term absentee Juan Bernat are all nursing various issues and will further restrict the options of Pochettino, who should trust his compatriot Mauro Icardi to lead the line.
Prediction: PSG to win
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