Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
All eyes will be on Parc des Princes when PSG and Lens square off against each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Parisiens are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, and, no doubt, they want to get their job in the national championship as soon as possible. Neymar remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury, and, in his absence, a man to watch in the home team will be Leo Messi, who scored the opener in a 2-0 win over Nice, while providing an assist for Sergio Ramos. Renato Sanches has joined the likes of Juan Bernat, Marco Verratti, Nordi Mukiele, and Presnel Kimpembe in the recovery room.
The visitors, meanwhile, are eyeing their fifth consecutive league win. Lens are eager to melt PSG’s advantage in the standings, and given Neymar’s absence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Lens will be without Julien Le Cardinal, Steven Fortes, and Adam Buksa in Saturday’s showdown.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Lens):
Based in the Pas-De-Calais department, Lens is a French club that plays home games at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. The Sang et Or are well known for their red shirts with yellow stripes, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
The club was founded back in 1906 and the Sang et Or originally played in green and black shirts. Speaking of their home ground, Stade Bollaert-Delelis can hold up to 38,058 spectators. The venue was opened back in 1933, and renovated during the 2014/15 season. Lens did well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in the 1997/98 season, with the team finishing the process level on points with second-place Metz.
As a result, the Sang et Or represented France in the Champions League group stages the following season. The club’s biggest European success came in the 1999/00 season when they made it to the UEFA Cup semis. Lens have won two Coupe de la Ligue trophies as well.