Paris SG vs Lyon Live Football Score 02/04/2023

Paris SG vs Lyon Live Football Score 02/04/2023

A pair of Ligue 1’s top scorers go head-to-head when Kylian Mbappe (first with 19 goals) and Paris Saint-Germain host Alexandre Lacazette (third with 17 goals) and Olympique Lyon on April 2, 2023 at Parc des Princes beginning at 2:45 PM ET. PSG’s last game was a 2-0 defeat at home to Stade Rennes, taking 14 shots and outshooting Stade Rennes by four. PSG failed to score, with Mbappe leading the team in shots with six, against Stade Rennes. In its last match on March 17, Olympique Lyon drew with FC Nantes 1-1 at home, while registering one fewer shot than FC Nantes. Lacazette scored his team’s only goal in the match.

Paris Saint-Germain will return to action on Ligue 1 matchday 29 with a home fixture against Olympique Lyonnais. Multiple players could end up being ruled out for the match, including Sergio Ramos. The veteran center-back has not featured in a fixture since PSG’s 2-1 away win over Brest last month. He went on to be sidelined from PSG’s home fixture against Rennes due to a calf strain injury. L’Equipe notes that Ramos has not yet fully recovered from his calf ailment, and he is currently deemed to be “uncertain” for PSG’s league matchup against Lyon.

It will be noteworthy to see whether Ramos ends up taking part in PSG’s collective training session on Friday. If the Spanish defender does not receive the green light to play against Lyon, Danilo Pereira may then once again be called on to play as a center-back for the side in a Ligue 1 fixture. PSG are set to be without six players for their upcoming Ligue 1 game against Lyon. Nordi Mukiele, Sergio Ramos, Carlos Soler, Juan Bernat, Neymar & Presnel Kimpembe are all out injured. PSG are seven points clear at the top of the table and will be looking to maintain their distance with second-placed Marseille. They lost their last match before the international break and will now want to bounce back.

Christophe Galtier will have a few selection headaches now, as six players were absent from training. Neymar, Kimpembe, and Mukiele were already ruled out, but now Ramos, Bernat and Soler are also set to miss out. The Brazilian star is out for the season following an ankle injury earlier this year. PSG confirmed his absence and released a statement: Neymar has been a vital part of PSG’s starting XI since joining from Barcelona. However, some pundits and fans believe the Brazilian has not been at his best and does not suit the system.

The customary late surge towards the Ligue 1 title begins now for Paris Saint-Germain, who return from the international break to host Lyon at the Parc des Princes on Sunday evening. Les Parisiens hold a seven-point lead at the top of the pile despite flattering to deceive throughout 2023, whereas their visitors are smack-bang in the middle of the rankings in 10th spot.

With a 35-game gap between them, Christophe Galtier has now been on the touchline for both of PSG’s most recent Ligue 1 defeats at the Parc des Princes – one as opposing manager and one as the Parisiens’ under-fire head coach. Following a 1-0 loss to Galtier’s Lille in April 2021, PSG remained unbeaten in domestic action at home for almost two years before Rennes came to town on March 19, as Karl Toko Ekambi and former PSG product Arnaud Kalimuendo ended the champions’ 35-match run without defeat at the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1.

The opportunity to rest and reset during the international break would have been welcomed with open arms by Galtier, who few expect to still be in control of the reins next season, and overseeing a stress-free run to the Ligue 1 title ought to be the Frenchman’s parting gift before an expected parting of the ways. Les Parisiens were facing a couple of fleeting threats to their crown earlier this year, but Galtier’s side are now comfortably seven points better off than second-placed Marseille and have no other commitments between now and the end of May thanks to a familiar early exit from the Champions League.

PSG’s unbeaten home streak was under threat even before Rennes came up trumps two weekends ago, as they have now conceded at least twice in each of their last three Ligue 1 games at the Parc des Princes and have just one measly clean sheet to show from their last 12 games across all competitions. Defining the meaning of solid yet unspectacular during the month of March, Laurent Blanc’s mid-table battlers gleaned three points from their three meetings with Lorient, Lille and Nantes, who were in dreamland after Castello Lukeba’s own goal put them ahead within just two minutes of their contest on March 17.

However, captain Alexandre Lacazette led from the front yet again with his 17th goal of the season to rescue a point for Les Gones, whose European hopes are not dead in the water just yet, but a nine-point chasm to make up to Rennes in fifth place is hardly a walk in the park. Gunning for glory in the Coupe de France may be priority number one for Lyon, who will renew hostilities with Nantes in their semi-final on April 5 for the chance to meet Toulouse or Annecy in the showpiece event, where they would no doubt be considered favourites to lift the trophy aloft.

A spot in the Europa League group stages would be theirs if Blanc’s side can add to their trophy cabinet, but top-flight endeavours take centre stage for now, as Lyon attempt to stretch their unbeaten run in the top flight to five matches since embarrassingly losing to Auxerre 2-1 in February. Defeat to AJA represents Lyon’s only Ligue 1 loss from their last seven away games, though, and they overcame PSG 1-0 at the Parc des Princes as recently as December 2020, but the champions have since gone unbeaten in four against Les Gones and edged a narrow Groupama Stadium battle in September thanks to a Lionel Messi winner.

PSG boss Galtier remains without the services of long-term absentees Neymar (ankle) and Presnel Kimpembe (Achilles), and the Frenchman was down to the bare bones defensively for the visit of Rennes, but a wealth of returns will be a sight for sore eyes here. Indeed, Achraf Hakimi (muscle) returned for Morocco during the international break, while Marquinhos is also in with a strong chance of returning from a similar problem, but the same cannot be said for Carlos Soler, Sergio Ramos and Nordi Mukiele. Ramos and Mukiele are currently suffering from calf injuries, and while the former is said to have a slim chance of returning for the visit of Lyon, Mukiele will continue his recovery on the sidelines.

In contrast, Lyon’s treatment room is vacant barring Chelsea loanee Malo Gusto (hamstring) and Anthony Lopes (finger), but the latter is back out on the training pitches and could potentially make himself available. Thirty-five-year-old Remy Riou will continue in between the sticks if Lopes is not risked, while the absence of Gusto means that 18-year-old Sael Kumbedi is faced with the unenviable task of trying to keep Kylian Mbappe and Messi quiet.

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