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1′ We are underway in this Ligue 1 tie between Lille and Paris Saint-Germain!

The teams have emerged at Stade Pierre Mauroy and we’re moments away from kick-off.

With six efforts this season, Burak Yilmaz leads the scoring charts for Lille – but at just 20 per cent, he has the worst conversion rate in the top ten Ligue 1 scorers this term.

PSG ran out 2-0 winners in both this fixture and the reverse last season, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria snagged the goals in the first instance; a Neymar double did the damage the second time around.

Subs: Kylian Mbappe, Leandro Paredes, Sergio Rico, Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler, Mitchel Bakker, Colin Dagba, Timothee Pembele, Bandiougou Fadiga.

PARIS SAINT GERMAIN (3-5-2): Keylor Navas; Thilo Kehrer, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe; Alessandro Florenzi, Rafinha, Idrissa Gueye, Marco Verratti, Layvin Kurzawa; Angel Di Maria, Moise Kean.

Subs: Orestis Karnezis, Tiago Djalo, Xeka, Jonathan David, Isaac Lihadji, Timothy Weah, Adama Soumaoro, Cheikh Niasse, Domagoj Bradaric.

LILLE (4-4-1-1): Mike Maignan; Zeki Celik, Jose Fonte, Sven Botman, Reinildo Mandava; Jonathan Ikone, Benjamin Andre, Boubakary Soumare, Jonathan Bamba; Yusuf Yazici, Burak Yilmaz.

The hosts meanwhile favour a sturdy attack, with Yusuf Yazici and Burak Yilmaz up front. Former PSG youngster Timothy Weah is on the bench.

Kylian Mbappe – who celebrates his birthday today – is on the bench once more, reportedly with muscular problems. It will be interesting to see if the striker plays a part here.

But they couldn’t have asked for a much tougher fixture to follow up. Christophe Galtier’s side are among the early pacesetters this term and will be far from a pushover for the champions.

It has been a positive week for Thomas Tuchel’s side. An emphatic win on Wednesday over Lorient was buoyed by the news Neymar’s lay-off will not be as bad as feared, with the Brazilian expected to be back in January.

It’s second versus third today, with the summit the prize for the winner here. Three points for either side takes them to the top of Ligue 1 – and puts them in the driving seat.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season as Paris Saint-Germain look to bolster their title hopes at the expense of rivals Lille at Stade Pierre Mauroy.

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December 21, 2020