Last Updated on Sep 04, 2021 03:26 PM
Venue: Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims
It is a battle between two teams that are yet to lose in Ligue 1, but have still had contrasting fortunes. Reims have drawn all three of their games after tinkering a lot with their lineup and they have scored 4 goals but also have taken in 4. For PSG, the biggest news is the possible debut of Lionel Messi. He joins a Pochettino side that has been relentless on the attack, unleashing its full force on Ligue 1 by scoring 10 goals in their 3 games and they also won both meetings between these sides last season.
E Bilal Toure is Reims’ main attacking threat. While he is yet to score in 2 matches, the Malian leads the team in both Shots per Game (2.5) as well as Key Passes per game (2). Moreto Cassama stole the show against Montpellier in Gameweek 2 when he scored 2 goals for Reims in the 3-3 draw. He is a versatile player who can play anywhere in attack and midfield and also averages 1 tackle to go with 0.5 interceptions per game.
Yunis Abdelhamid leads them in Passes made per game (48.3). The centre back also averages 1.3 tackles to go with 1.3 interceptions per game and is a solid addition to the team due to his overall contributions.
Lionel Messi’s return is much awaited. The Argentine is coming off yet another 30-goal La Liga season and is fully rested and recovered for this one. He and Kylian Mbappe who has a goal to go with 2 assists in Ligue 1 are must-have forward picks.
Neymar is in contention to feature here as well, and the Brazilian had 9 goals to go with 5 assists in Ligue 1 last season in 15 starts. He also averaged 3.9 shots and 3.3 key passes per game.
Achraf Hakimi heads up the defensive options and he has averaged 0.7 tackles per outing as well as 1 interception. He is a threat going forward too, having notched a goal and an assist already while also making 1.7 key passes and completing around 68 passes per game. It is absolutely essential to have him in the squad.
Lionel Messi: The return of the former Barcelona man to league football is eagerly awaited. He is set to reshape the outlook of Ligue 1 and Reims seems fresh for the picking. Messi scored a whopping 30 goals and notched 9 assists in his last La Liga season.
Kylian Mbappe Should Mbappe feature here despite all the speculation with a move to Madrid, he is another good option for the armband. He has 3 goal involvements in 3 league games while averaging 3.7 shots and 2.3 key passes per game.
Achraf Hakimi After a brilliant season at Inter last year, Hakimi has settled well in France. He has had a goal and an assist as a defender in three games and with PSG having kept clean sheets in each of the last 3 meetings between these sides, he is a good pick for the armband.