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Paris Saint-Germain vs Montpellier Preview – Prediction, how to watch & line-ups
Paris Saint-Germain’s inaugural 2022/23 Ligue 1 fixture at the Parc des Princes pits them against last season’s mid-table strugglers Montpellier on Saturday evening.
Christophe Galtier’s managerial career in Paris has been off to a flying start. After a 4-0 demolition of Nantes in the Trophée des Champions, PSG picked Clermont Foot apart on the opening Ligue 1 weekend.
Like in their Barcelona days, Neymar and Lionel Messi inspired Les Parisiens to an overwhelming 5-0 triumph at the Stade Gabriel Montpied, with the Argentine highlighting the game with a sensational bicycle kick.
PSG are already ripping rewards from Galtier’s early work in the capital, and Montpellier, despite a promising start to the season, are likely to be the next victim.
Despite being hit back twice by Troyes on matchday one, La Paillade grabbed a thrilling 3-2 victory on the back of Teji Savanier’s goals on either side of half-time.
Following last season’s disappointing 13th-place Ligue 1 finish, Montpellier have pulled off some eye-catching deals over the summer to bolster their bid to challenge higher up the table this term.
Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men have benefited from Saint-Etienne’s relegation to Ligue 2 by offering star forwards Arnaud Nordin and Wahbi Khazri a lifeline in the French top-flight.
PSG have developed a habit of pushing the boundaries in a transfer window during the Qatari era, but Galtier’s arrival at the helm may have changed that policy.
Vitinha, Renato Sanches, Nordi Mukiele and Hugo Ekitike have moved to Paris for a combined fee of €68.5m this summer, with the Portuguese ace joining the club’s all-time list of the most expensive signings.
Three of them were on the pitch at Clermont last time out as Les Parisiens extended their unbeaten Ligue 1 streak to ten matches across which they netted a staggering 36 goals.
Montpellier’s opening-day win over Troyes will bolster their spirits ahead of a likely futile attempt to arrest PSG’s supreme run of 22 unbeaten home league outings (W19, D3).
In order to achieve that goal, Dall’Oglio’s side would have to defy their embarrassing nine-match Ligue 1 record against the reigning champions (W1, L8).
However, the visitors’ uninspiring away form in 2022 which has seen them lose more Ligue 1 games on the road (eight) than any other side could throw a spanner in the works.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Montpellier Potential Line-ups
Paris Saint-Germain (3-4-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe; Achraf Hakimi, Vitinha, Marco Verratti, Nuno Mendes; Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi.
Montpellier (4-2-3-1): Jonas Omlin; Theo Sainte-Luce, Maxime Esteve, Falaye Sacko, Enzo Tchato; Jordan Ferri, Teji Savanier; Stephy Mavididi, Wahbi Khazri, Beni Makouana; Elye Wahi.
How to Watch?
PSG vs Montpellier, coupled with all other Ligue 1 fixtures, is available to watch online via Ligue 1 live streams.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Montpellier Prediction
PSG thrashed Montpellier in both Ligue 1 meetings last season by an aggregate score of 6-0, including a scintillating 4-0 romping in this corresponding fixture.
Based on the home side’s ferocious start to the season, another blockbuster victory could be the order of the day in Paris.
Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 Montpellier
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