Clermont Foot begin their second-ever Ligue 1 season by hosting the division’s reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday night.
A yawning chasm of 50 points separated these clubs last term and PSG’s biggest win of the previous campaign came at Clermont’s Stade Gabriel Montpied. However, the capital side have a different coach hoping to imbue a different culture in search of the European prizes that continue to elude PSG.
Here’s everything you need to know about Christophe Galtier’s first league game at the helm of Les Parisiens.
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H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Clermont: 0 Wins
PSG: 2 Wins
Draws: 1 Draw
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Clermont team news
Galtier’s opposition manager Pascal Gastien – who has been a part of Clermont’s set-up since 2016 – has been treated to a squad unblemished by injury to begin the season.
Clermont were stripped of some key players during the summer – including Mohamed Bayo, who either scored or provided half the team’s league goals – but fans from central France may get to see some of the nine players the club signed for a combined fee of £2m.
Clermont Starting 11: Djoco; Seidu, Wieteska, Ogier, Borges; Gonalons, Gastien; Allevinah, Khaoui, Rashani; Andric
Bench: Diaw, Zeffane, Mendy, Magnin, Baiye, Chader, Kyei
PSG team news
The chief fitness concern impinging Galtier’s selection hobbles along in the form of Julian Draxler. The midfielder perennially linked with a move away missed the final two months of last season with a knee complaint he is yet to fully shake off.
Sergio Ramos was plagued by injuries throughout his debut campaign in Paris but has used preseason to build up his fitness, starting and scoring in the French curtain-raiser last weekend.
Kylian Mbappe missed the celebrations as PSG routed Nantes 4-0 in the Trophees de Champions, serving a one-game suspension from the end of last season.
PSG Starting 11: Donnarumma; Ramos, Marquinhos, Kimpembe; Hakimi, Verratti, Vitinha, Mendes; Messi, Mbappe, Neymar
Bench: Navas, Bernat, Mukiele, Paredes, Pereira, Icardi, Kalimuendo
Even when PSG were a disillusioned patchwork quilt of stars, they had enough quality to rack up the seventh-highest points total in the history of Ligue 1, losing just four games.
Now, with a revered authoritarian who exploited PSG’s ineptitude to win the title – despite the financial disparities – with Lille two years ago, Les Parisiens may near something close to the sum of their expensively assembled parts. Even if they don’t on week one, they should have enough to nudge past Clermont.
Prediction: Clermont 0-2 PSG