Paris Saint-Germain will host Clermont at the Park Des Princes in Paris in Round 5 of the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 11:00 AM (ET). Here, you will find the expected lineups of both teams that will appear in Matchday 5 of the French Ligue 1.
This will be their second overall meeting. No surprises here as Clermont Foot 63 are yet to celebrate a victory in head-to-head duels to this day, with Paris Saint-Germain having grabbed a triumph in their only clash so far, and no match has ended in a draw so far.
Their only previous duel took place on July 19, 2008, when the Red and Blues cruised past the Lancers with a final result of 2-0 away at Stade Gabriel Montpied in Clermont-Ferrand in a Club Friendly. However, they have never clashed before in the French top division. It promises to be an even more exciting clash as they meet for the first time ever in the 2021/2022 Ligue 1 season.
PSG vs Clermont: Possible lineups for 2021-2022 Ligue 1 Matchday 5
A calf injury prompted Kylian Mbappe to pull out of the France team during the international pause, while Lionel Messi, Neymar, Leandro Paredes, and Angel Di Maria will be late returnees from South American duty. Even though Colin Dagba, Juan Bernat, and Layvin Kurzawa have made progress in their recovery, they are unlikely to be involved just yet.
Marco Verratti is also questionable after suffering a blow to the knee in training on Monday morning. There are rumors that Alexandre Fressange, a member of the youth squad, might be given a chance in the attacking trio.
On the other hand, Rashani and Jodel Dossou, who played for Kosovo and Benin, respectively, are expected to start for Clermont following their international successes. Gastien should resist the urge to convert to a back five, considering PSG's plethora of selection issues, in favor of Saif-Eddine Khaoui, a former Marseille player.
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting XI:
Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kehrer, Mendes; Gueye, Wijnaldum, Herrera; Gharbi, Fressange, Draxler.
Clermont possible starting XI:
Desmas; Zedadka, Ogier, Hountondji, N'Simba; Gastien, Iglesias; Dossou, Berthomier, Rashani; Bayo.