Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier will clash off at the Park Des Princes in Paris in Round 8 of the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 3:00 PM (ET). Here, you will find the expected lineups of both teams that will appear in Matchday 8 of the French Ligue 1.
This will be their 38th overall meeting. No surprises here as Paris Saint-Germain are the absolute favorites in head-to-head clashes, having celebrated a victory on 16 occasions so far; Montpellier HSC have grabbed a triumph just eight times to this day, and a great number of even 13 matches have ended in a draw.
Their most recent game took place on May 12, 2021, when the Red and Blues triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw away at the Stade de la Mosson in the 2020/21 Coupe de France Semi-Finals. 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 probable lineup
Lionel Messi is expected to miss this weekend's action as he recovers from the knee injury that kept him out of the league fixture against Metz. Juan Bernat, Sergio Ramos, Ismael Gharbi, and Marco Verratti are all still out with injuries, while Layvin Kurzawa and Colin Dagba are questionable and will be evaluated before kickoff.
Due to their hectic fixture calendar, Pochettino may make one or two changes to his starting lineup, with the likes of Abdou Diallo and Ander Herrera aiming to return to the first XI ahead of Nuno Mendes and Rafinha. Mauro Icardi is likely to return to the starting lineup, partnering up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the attacking trio. Interestingly, all three strikers scored in last season's 4-0 home win against Montpellier.
PSG possible starting XI:
Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Danilo, Herrera, Wijnaldum; Neymar, Icardi, Mbappe.
Montpellier probable lineup
La Paillade will be missing Mamadou Sakho, a former defender of The Parisians who is currently recovering from a hamstring injury. Ambroise Oyongo, Thibault Tamas, and Pedro Mendes, all of Montpellier, are out with injuries and will not be eligible for selection. Dall'Oglio, on the other hand, will be able to welcome back centre-back Matheus Thuler, who returns after his one-match suspension.
The 22-year-old Brazilian is expected to return to the starting lineup, with Nicolas Cozza likely replacing Mihailo Ristic at left-back. One of Arnaud Souquet or Junior Sambia will play at right-back, with midfielder Teji Tedy Savanier perhaps remaining in the number 10 role behind striker Germain.
Montpellier possible starting XI:
Omlin; Sambia, Esteve, Thuler, Ristic; Ferri, Chotard; Mollet, Savanier, Mavididi, Germain.