Paris Saint-Germain head to the Matmut Atlantique to take on Bordeaux in a must-win Ligue 1 fixture.
Although Bordeaux have rarely been able to ruffle PSG’s feathers in recent times, the ongoing injury crisis in Paris may turn things around. Mauricio Pochettino will not have eight first-team regulars at his disposal tomorrow night.
Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardi, Marco Verratti, Juan Bernat, Alessandro Florenzi, Marco Verratti, and Neymar are all struggling with injuries. Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe serves a one-match ban after accumulating five yellow cards.
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With Mbappe, Neymar, and Icardi all ruled out of the Wednesday clash, Moise Kean will have to should the scoring burden. The time has come for Julian Draxler, Rafinha Alcantara, and Pablo Sarabia to step up, as they are all expected to help the Italian carrying the load up front.
In the midfield, Leandro Paredes, who returns to action after serving a yellow-card suspension, should start alongside Idrissa Gueye in the double pivot. A lack of creativity in the center of the park may enable Bordeaux to go toe-to-toe with perennial Ligue 1 champions for the first time in years.
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In addition to the regular center-back partners, Presnel Kimpbembe and Marquinhos, Colin Dagba and Layvin Kurzawa may slot in the full-back unit to cover the absences of Bernat and Florenzi.
The four-man backline anchored by two defensive-minded midfielders will try to make sure Keylor Navas keeps a clean sheet against out-of-sorts Bordeaux.
Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1): Navas; Dagba, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Paredes, Gueye; Draxler, Rafinha, Sarabia; Kean