Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
All eyes will be on Stade Pierre-Mauroy when Lille and PSG square off against each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Dogues have been producing fine displays at the start of the season, with the team rolling over Auxerre 4-1, while sharing the spoils with Nantes. Lille are tough to beat at home, but they will have a mountain to climb in Sunday’s clash against the star-studded champions. Both Edon Zhegrova and Timothy Weah should miss out with injuries for the home team.
Les Parisiens, on the other hand, impressed in back-to-back wins over Clermont (5-0) and Montpellier (5-2), and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Yet another high-scoring affair is on the cards at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, but Leo Messi and Co. are closer to picking up all three points from the match that Les Dogues. Colin Dagba and Julian Draxler should be the only absentees in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan Bamba):
After spending his youth career at CS Paris-Charenton, UJA AlfortVille and Saint-Etienne, Jonathan Bamba started playing for Saint-Etienne II at senior level. In 2015 he was given a chance to prove his worth with the first team and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 42 appearances for les Verts in Ligue 1.
Following his loan spells with Paris, Sint-Truiden and Angers, Jonathan Bamba joined Lille in the summer of 2018. The pacey winger born in Alfortville (France) on March 26, 1996, has been playing for les Dogues ever since, but he has yet to earn a cap for the French national team. Nonetheless, Jonathan Bamba has 12 caps with France U21 in which he scored four goals for les Tricolores.
Jonathan Bamba’s main position is left winger, but he is used as a centre-forward as well. The French footballer, whose preferred foot is right, has a contract with Lille until June 30, 2023.
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.