Match Preview: Lille Could Prove Tricky for PSG in Coupe de La Ligue

In what will be a replay of last season’s Coupe de la Ligue final, Paris Saint-Germain will entertain Lille OSC at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night as they look to launch their bid for a title defense.

PSG are winless in their last three games, and Lille on the other hand who have found form recently with three wins in their last three and will be hoping to heap more misery on the Parisians. Both sides have already met in the league this season, and while PSG just managed to edge a one nil victory on that occasion, a well set-up defensive Lille side caused PSG some problems in a game that could easily have ended in a draw.

One man who could cause some problems is Lille’s center forward, Nicolas de Preville. He has scored in each their last three games since taking over from Eder who’s been missing through injury. PSG’s central defenders, who have looked very prone to errors recently, must up their game to stop him.

Unai Emery said in his pre-match presser that he would field a rotated squad for the clash, and will be without Serge Aurier, Layvin Kurzawa, Hatem Ben Arfa, Javier Pastore and Adrien Rabiot. While the Coupe de La Ligue probably wasn’t one of the major objectives laid out for him when he signed, I’d expect that the Spaniard would still want to field a relatively strong side and take the competition seriously, especially with the complicated nature of their Round of 16 draw in the Champions League.

Starting XI Prediction
I expect Emery to give a chance to some of the academy players, while we could finally see the return of Kevin Trapp which the Basque manager confirmed was a possibility. Edinson Cavani most likely remains upfront though, as there’s a clear lack of trust in young striker Jean-Kevin Augustin. Whether or not Jesé Rodríguez earns the right to finally start a game remains to be seen.

4-3-3: Trapp; Meunier, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Maxwell; Verratti, Krychowiak, Nkunku; Lucas, Cavani, Ikone

Score Prediction: PSG 2 – 1 Lille (A.E.T)
With quite a number of key players missing, the match is going to be quite a tough one and I could see Lille pushing the game into extra time. PSG have shown they can under adversity already this season and I’m hoping a good result from the game snaps the current bad streak.

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  1. The season appears a failure. We don’t look like winning the league, I have Monaco picked to do that, and Barça looks like an insurmountable test, even in their current form, for this PSG side. Lucas isn’t good enough to start in that he isn’t a goal scorer, and Emery refuses to bench ADM in favor of HBA, regardless of how the Argentine plays. Let’s not even get into the fact that Emery won’t play Trapp when Areola is letting goals in by the minute. I’d also love to see Augustin on the right wing in order to add another goal scorer in the front line. Having only one goal scorer will not allow us to meet our objectives domestically and certainly not in Europe.

    The frustrating thing is we have the talent to get to the semis, at least, with our current squad, but Emery seems to be out of his depth, and is incapable of galvanizing his men. His tactics against Montpellier and Nice were questionable at best and it’s clear the players have lost faith in him. The “inner me” almost hopes Emery gets fired and Mancini steps in, although that may be worse for the club. Hate to ramble, but I am in a dark place regarding PSG atm.

  2. This is a must win game, and a perfect opportunity for Trapp and Kimpembe to earn their starting spots (possibly Jese as well).

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