Paris Saint-Germain is set to once again meet Benfica this season, as the two sides will face off on matchday four of this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage.
PSG comes into this fixture in sluggish form, as it has scored a mere three total goals since its return from the September international break. Overall, PSG has tallied 14 total shots on target in its last three matches in all competitions.
As noted by UEFA’s official website, PSG manager Christophe Galtier could elect to roll with this starting 11 to snap the team’s two-match winless streak.
Donnarumma; Ramos, Marquinhos, Danilo; Hakimi, Verratti, Vitinha, Bernat; Sarabia, Mbappe, Neymar
Several PSG players should be a bit more rested for this clash with Benfica, including Sergio Ramos. The veteran Spanish center-back was sent off in the first half of PSG’s scoreless draw result against Reims in Ligue 1 play after earning a straight red card. He could go on to start alongside Marquinhos and Danilo Pereira in Galtier’s three-at-the-back setup against the Portuguese side.
With Messi ruled out for this fixture due to his nagging calf injury, Galtier could call on Pablo Sarabia to fill the Argentine’s spot in PSG’s go-to starting lineup. The Spanish playmaker earned a start in PSG’s recent league contest against Reims, where he played in 88 minutes of the match and created two goal-scoring chances for teammates.
PSG is aiming to create a bit of separation away from Benfica in Champions League Group H.