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Oct 31, 2020 at 8pm UK at La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau
NantesNantes
0-3
PSGParis Saint-Germain

Blas (32'), Coco (67')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Herrera (47'), Mbappe (65' pen.), Sarabia (88')
Dagba (80')

Preview: Nantes vs. Paris Saint-Germain - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Ligue 1 clash between Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain, including team news and predicted lineups.

Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to cement their position atop the Ligue 1 rankings when the champions travel to Nantes for Saturday's top-flight encounter.

While the visitors are in the midst of an unrelenting fixture schedule, Nantes have had two weeks off since their last match owing to the postponement of last weekend's proposed meeting with Lens.


Match preview

Nantes players in a team huddle before the clash with Monaco on September 13, 2020© Reuters

Nantes have been afflicted with coronavirus cases themselves over the past few days, but with Lens recording double figures in positive tests before their showdown with Les Canaris, the proposed fixture in gameweek eight had to be called off.

While Christian Gourcuff's men have now had an extra week off to prepare for the visit of the champions, Nantes will be forced to field a weakened team due to a number of positive cases in the home camp, but Les Canaris will be boosted by their triumph over Brest the last time they took to the pitch.

Indeed, Les Canaris ended a run of four games without a win as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over Brest in the seventh round of fixtures, with Randal Kolo Muani, Ludovic Blas and Abdoul Kader Bamba all notching up goals against Les Pirates to give Nantes just their second win of the season.

As things stand, Gourcuff's side currently occupy 15th spot in the fledgling table having played a game fewer than most of their rivals, but their chances of rising any higher up the rankings are extremely slim against a PSG side buoyed by a terrific set of recent results in the French top flight.

PSG's Julian Draxler celebrates scoring with Ander Herrera against Metz on September 16, 2020© Reuters

PSG have certainly not had much better luck on the absentee front either, but Thomas Tuchel's men made no mistake in midweek as they cruised to a 2-0 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.

Moise Kean continued his impressive streak with a double on the night as PSG picked up their first European victory of the season, and the Ligue 1 champions are showing no signs of complacency in the league despite a hectic run-in before the international break.

PSG needed to restore some confidence amongst themselves following defeat to Manchester United, and Tuchel's men did just that with a routine 4-0 win over Dijon prior to the midweek round of Champions League fixtures, with the capital outfit now searching for their seventh win on the bounce in the top flight.

The champions now sit in their familiar position at the top of the table, but Tuchel's side are only ahead of Lille on goal difference heading into gameweek nine, and Les Dogues are ready to pounce should PSG suffer an unexpected slip-up at the Stade de la Beaujoire this weekend.

Nantes managed to overcome PSG as recently as 2019 - their first victory over the champions since 2004 - but Tuchel's men did the double over Nantes with 2-0 and 2-1 triumphs last season.

Nantes Ligue 1 form: WLDLLW

Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 form: WWWWWW
Paris Saint-Germain form (all competitions): WWWLWW


Team News

Neymar in action for PSG on July 31, 2020© Reuters

A quartet of Nantes players in Fabio, Andrei Girotto, Kalifa Coulibaly and Sebastien Corchia have all contracted coronavirus in recent days, ruling all four out of Saturday's game.

The hosts are therefore set for an overhaul in defence with Nicolas Pallois also missing out due to a suspension, with Dennis Appiah and Thomas Basila in line for starts.

Bamba and Moses Simon will be holding out for recalls to the first XI as well, while Abdoulaye Toure could come back into the fold in midfield.

As for the visitors, Neymar lasted just 26 minutes of Wednesday's victory before being forced off with an adductor injury, and Tuchel admitted that the Brazilian could be sidelined for the next few games.

Angel Di Maria is serving the final game of his four-match suspension, while Marco Verratti, Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes, Julian Draxler and Juan Bernat are all unavailable through injury.

The absences of Neymar and Di Maria should see Pablo Sarabia be recalled to the starting lineup, while Idrissa Gueye made his return from injury against Istanbul Basaksehir and could come back into the first XI as well.

Nantes possible starting lineup:
Lafont; Appiah, Castelletto, Basila, Traore; Toure, Abeid; Louza, Blas, Simon; Kolo Muani

Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Navas; Florenzi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Bakker; Gueye, Herrera, Rafinha; Sarabia, Kean, Mbappe


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We say: Nantes 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain

With Nantes taking to the field for the first time in a fortnight, and PSG having to juggle their title defence with a daunting Champions League group, the hosts would have felt confident about getting something from this game before coronavirus hit. Tuchel must keep next week's clash with RB Leipzig in mind, but PSG are steamrolling their way through Ligue 1 as per usual and we cannot see any other result than a straightforward win for the champions on Saturday.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG128133082225
2Lille126512281423
3Lyon1265121101123
4MonacoMonaco127232316723
5Montpellier HSCMontpellier127232116523
6Marseille10631159621
7Rennes125431916319
8Angers126151822-419
9Lens115331718-118
10Brest126062123-218
11Nice115241615117
12Metz124441211116
13Bordeaux124441213-116
14NantesNantes123451418-413
15Saint-EtienneSt Etienne123271220-811
16Nimes123271122-1111
17Reims122371622-69
18Lorient122281222-108
19StrasbourgStrasbourg122191424-107
20Dijon12147821-137

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