Paris Saint-Germain will meet RB Leipzig in Group A of the UEFA Champions League without Lionel Messi, but with Kylian Mbappe, after the Argentine suffered a hamstring and knee injury in last week’s Ligue 1 triumph over Lille OSC, which the Frenchman missed.
This is a must-win game for Jesse Marsch and the home side, who are fighting for a place in the UEFA Europa League following a poor start to their continental campaign with three straight losses despite a valiant performance in Paris last time out.
- Date: Wednesday, Nov. 3 | Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Red Bull Arena — Leipzig, Germany
RB Leipzig vs. PSG Team News–
Prior to this match, Leipzig were boosted by the timely return of creative hub Dani Olmo, although he only came in for the final few minutes against Frankfurt and is unlikely to start.
Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg are both expected to be unavailable for PSG’s visit, while Brian Brobbey and Marcelo Saracchi are also expected to be away.
Dominik Szoboszlai and Forsberg are slated to compete for the final slot in the forward trio, with Olmo only expecting to make the bench while Nkunku keeps his berth.
Meanwhile, PSG are preparing to play without Messi on Wednesday after the 34-year-old was forced to leave Lille at halftime owing to a combination of muscular and knee soreness.
This week, Pochettino will be without Leandro Paredes, Marco Verratti, and Sergio Ramos, but Kylian Mbappe is expected to return from an ear infection in time to lead the line.
Achraf Hakimi was suspended for Lille’s triumph, but is expected to replace Thilo Kehrer today, while Juan Bernat made his first start in almost a year on Friday, though Nuno Mendes is expected to return for midweek.
RB Leipzig vs. PSG probable lineup
RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol; Mukiele, Laimer, Haidara, Angelino; Nkunku, Forsberg; Silva
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Herrera, Gueye, Wijnaldum; Di Maria, Mbappe, Neymar
- RB Leipzig have lost their last five games in the Champions League.
- RB Leipzig have conceded at least two goals in their previous seven Champions League games.
- PSG have failed to win their last two away games in the Champions League.
- PSG’s previous visit to the Red Bull Arena ended in a 2-1 defeat.
- PSG have won three of their last four games in all competition heading into this clash, although all those victories came in Paris.