Date: 30th August 2021
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Stade Auguste-Delaune II
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Lionel Messi is set to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut as PSG lock horns with Reims on Sunday at Stade Auguste-Delaune. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is yet to feature for PSG after joining from Barcelona earlier this month. All eyes will be on the diminutive Argentine as he makes his highly-awaited debut for PSG in Ligue 1.
Doumbia and Sierhuis remain doubts but left-back Ghislain Konan is fit again.
Mauro Icardi has been ruled out with a shoulder injury. He joins teammates Sergio Ramos and Colin Dagba on the treatment table. Gueye and Layvin Kurzawa are both doubtful for this match.
The French giants have been in good form off-late and have started the new season with three back-to-back wins over Troyes, RC Strasbourg and Brest. They are coming on the back off a convincing 4-2 win over Brest. Ander Herrera, Kylian Mbappe, Idrissa Gueye and substitute Angel di Maria scored the goals for PSG in the last game.
Reims, on the other hand are coming on the back of 3 successive draws in their last 3 games. They will have to reboot their system and improve massively if they are to take any points against PSG. Cassama and Kebbal have been among the goals for the home side this season. Meanwhile, El Bilal Touré made his first appearance of the season against Metz and the young striker is likely to lead the attack here.
Reims will pose a tough challenge for PSG but the away team have enough firepower in their ranks to emerge victorious in this contest. The best captain and vice captain choices for this match will be Neymar, Mbappe, Messi, Hakimi and Wijnaldum as these players will create lot of goalscoring chances during the match. Meanwhile, center-back Marquinhos will also be a danger on set-pieces as he is very strong aerially.
Probable Playing 11
Rajkovic; Gravillon, Faes, Abdelhamid; Foket, Cassama, Munetsi, Konan; Cafaro, Kebbal; Toure
Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Herrera, Verratti, Wijnaldum; Neymar, Mbappe, Messi
Defenders: Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo
Midfielders: Wijnaldum, Neymar, Cassama, Kebbal, Herrera
Strikers: Mbappe, Messi, Toure, Cafaro
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