Lens vs PSG Prediction & Match Preview

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Lens vs PSG Prediction & Match Preview

Lens vs PSG
French Ligue 1
Date: 1 January 2023, Sunday
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Lens).

A real buzz is expected in and around Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Sunday evening as Ligue 1 brings us a spectacular showdown between the top two sides in the competition on the first day of the year.

While it was not hard to predict PSG’s dominance with Mbappe, Messi, and Neymar, not many experts saw Lens at the second position on the table at the end of 2022.

Nevertheless, head coach Franck Haise has managed to accomplish miracles with this group of players. Lens went on the World Cup break with a record of 11 wins, 3 draws, and just 1 defeat in 15 games in the top flight of French football.

They have translated this form into the mid-season friendlies as well, winning all three encounters against Montpellier, Le Havre, and Reims.

The most important factor ahead of this tie is Lens’ form at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Haise’s men are impeccable in their own backyard this term, winning all eight league matches there so far in the season.

PSG did not look great on Wednesday evening when they claimed the narrow 2-1 win over bottom-half Strasbourg only thanks to the questionable penalty-kick by Kylian Mbappe in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

It was a game in which Neymar got sent off by receiving his second booking for diving.

Head coach Christophe Galtier will thus be without two of his main three stars on Sunday because Lionel Messi has been given an extended vacation after winning the World Cup trophy with Argentina.

Lens have a brutal record of 8 wins in 8 league games at Stade Bollaert-Delelis this season. PSG won only 5 of the previous 19 matches on this venue. Les Parisiens did not impress on Wednesday in the home fixture against Strasbourg and they will be without Messi and Neymar here.

Lens vs PSG Prediction & Match Preview