Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
There will be fireworks when Olympique Lyon and PSG take on each other in the Ligue 1 derby on Sunday evening. Les Gones continue life without Lucas Paqueta, who joined West Ham United, and the Brazil superstar has been sorely missed in recent weeks. Since Lyon failed to impress in back-to-back losses to Lorient (1-3) and Monaco (1-2), we are not tempted to put our money on the underdogs. Goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck and Jerome Boateng should be the only absentees in the home team.
Les Parisiens, on the other hand, aim to get their job done in the Ligue 1 as soon as possible. Leo Messi and Co. are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, but seeing that Olympique Marseille are breathing down their neck, we are positive that the reigning champions will take advantage of Lyon’s current form. All Keylor Navas, Presnel Kimpembe, and Renato Sanches are out of contention with injuries for the visiting side.
Lyon centre-back Jerome Boateng was thought to have had a strong chance of returning from a muscle injury in time for the trip to Monaco, but the German did not make the cut and has since suffered a setback in his recovery.
Boateng will not be present on Sunday, and neither will goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (knee), but Bosz is otherwise well-stocked for the contest with the champions and will no doubt ponder alterations following last weekend’s loss.
Thiago Mendes’s spot alongside Castello Lukeba in defence is seemingly safe for now while Boateng recovers, while 19-year-old Rayan Cherki is pushing for his first start of the season after coming up with his third assist in six matches for Toko Ekambi’s goal at Monaco.
Meanwhile, PSG lost centre-back Presnel Kimpembe to a hamstring injury against Brest, and the France international is expected to spend the next six weeks on the sidelines – Danilo Pereira is currently deputising in the back three.
Keylor Navas missed the trip to Maccabi Haifa with back problems but has now returned to the squad, while Renato Sanches’s injury woes are just not letting up as he remains sidelined with an adductor problem.
Despite the presence of Carlos Soler and Fabian Ruiz, Galtier has been loath to break up the midfield partnership of Marco Verratti and Vitinha, both of whom should start on Sunday.
The only changes for PSG could come in the full-back areas, as the well-rested Achraf Hakimi and Juan Bernat seek to displace Nordi Mukiele and Nuno Mendes. Off the field, the reigning champions will be without their away supporters, who have been banned from making the journey due to the use of pyrotechnics in their win at Nantes on September 3.
Lyon vs PSG Head-to-head:
- The latest encounter ended in a 1-1 draw.
- PSG won the two clashes before that
- They recorded 15 of the former 19 overall wins.
- At this venue, the guests won three of the past four meetings.
Lyon vs PSG Prediction:
This is one of the most high-profile games in French football, and both teams are likely to up the ante to go all out for the win.
Lyon are reeling from consecutive league defeats which have dampened team morale after their five-game unbeaten start to the season. Les Gones are on an eight-game winning run at home in the league but are winless at home against the Parisians since 2019.
PSG have been in peak form and have been highly convincing this season, especially in attack. The front trio of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe are playing in sync, which adds to the worry for Lyon manager Peter Bosz.
Both teams are attack-minded and are likely to go all out in attack. However, PSG’s superior quality should see them shine through, and the visitors should claim a comfortable win with goals at both ends.
Prediction: Lyon 1-3 PSG