Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
All eyes will be on Stade Bollaert-Delelis when Lens and PSG go head to head in the Ligue 1 derby. Lens are eager to melt PSG’s advantage to only four points, but the bookies see them as underdogs in Sunday’s showdown. All David Costa, Adam Buksa, Jimmy Cabot, and Wuilker Farinez miss out with injuries for the home team, while talented Belgium forward Lois Openda is pushing for a start. Les Parisiens, on the other hand, aim to cement top position in the standings after surviving Strasbourg in midweek.
Leo Messi is still out of contention after winning the World Cup trophy, while Neymar is banned for the match. In their absence, a man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Kylian Mbappe, who scored his 13th goal of the season against Le Racing, but the pacey striker should not help the league leaders pick up more than one point from Sunday’s game as Lens are tough to beat at home.
Highlighted Player (Seko Fofana):
Born in Paris on May 7, 1995, Seko Fofana is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side Udinese. Fofana started his career at the youth teams of Paris FC and in 2010 he moved to Lorient. After spending four years at the club, the French footballer joined Premier League side Manchester City in the 2013/2014 season.
Despite being a Man City player from 2014 to 2016, Seko Fofana did not see any game action in the English top flight with the Citizens as he was immediately sent on loan to Fulham (2014/2015). He played for Bastia on loan in the 2015/2016 season as well and in the summer of 2016 he signed a five-year deal with Italian side Udinese.
You should know that Fofana scored five goals in 22 appearances for the Zebrette in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His contract with the Serie A team should expire on June 30, 2022. Due to his dual citizenship the Udinese footballer is eligible to play for France and Ivory Coast at senior level.
Highlighted Team (PSG):
Formed by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain in 1970, Paris Saint-Germain or as they call it PSG is the most successful club in French football with 31 domestic titles to their name. Having won six Ligue 1 title so far, a record ten Coupes de France, a record six Coupes de la Ligue, six Trophees des Champions and one Ligue 2 title, PSG are also one of only two French clubs to ever win a European title.
Les Parisiens were crowned UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup champions back in 1995-96, while their last European trophy was the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Beginning of the new millennium was particularly hard for the celebrated club who flirted with relegation in 2000s before they were bought by the Quatar Sports Investments group in 2011 when the rebirth of the Paris Saint-Germain as we know it today began.
Following heavy squad investments and team boosting, PSG won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years with Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost singlehandedly leading his side towards the trophy with 30 goals. Having established domestic dominance, PSG now set their sights on winning the Champions League which remains an elusive dream for the club from Paris.