Who is playing for PSG vs. Reims on Sunday, Jan. 29?
PSG will be back at the Parc des Princes this Sunday, Jan. 29 to host Stade de Reims as part of the MD 20 of the Ligue 1 season. The Parisian are coming off a trouncing of Pays de Cassel 7-0 in the French Cup Round of 32.
This is the last January game for Paris Saint-Germain before they enter a rather daunting, season-deciding month of February that is both loaded with games and packed full of high-stakes matchups against scary opponents including Olympique Marseille (French Cup Round of 16) and Bayern Munich (Champions League R16).
Christophe Galtier addressed the media at his pre-match press conference on Friday. He confirmed the return of Marco Verratti (and Lionel Messi after getting some days off) while also ruling Nordi Mukiele and Presnel Kimpembe out of Sunday's match.
With Keylor Navas about to get sold to English Premier League side Nottingham Forest, it will be Gianluigi Donnarumma at the Paris Saint-Germain goalposts after not featuring in last Monday's French Cup matchup.
The defensive line will be the strongest available for Galtier, with veterans Sergio Ramos and Marquinhos in the middle flanked by oft-underperforming Achraf Hakimi and Juan Bernat. The latter is a surprising addition to the lineup, though, after Galtier confirmed on Saturday that PSG had planned to leave Nuno Mendes out of the gameday squad for precautionary reasons while still nurturing his World Cup injury.
First combined start since November for the trio of Leo Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar
There is the chance Danilo enters the defensive-line talk in upcoming games, though it is hard to see it happening as early as this weekend having featured in a midfield role last Monday. He will get his chances through the hyper-charged month of February, though.
Considering Marco Verratti is back and the time he's missed, it's expected to find him in the midfield in a deep position from the start. He will share the pitch with Vitinha and, most probably, Fabian Ruiz. Ruiz has struggled and underperformed mightily this season, but PSG dont' have many more (let alone better) options sitting on the bench barring a surprising start by titi Warren Zaire-Emery. It is expected for Danilo to step up instead of Ruiz
The Holy Trinity of Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Kylian Mbappe will most definitively lead the Paris Saint-Germain front after Messi sat out last Monday's French Cup game. It will be the first start of the trio in a Ligue 1 game since November.
Neymar should stop slapping opponents in the face, and instead focus on actually playing good football once and for all after a horrid return from the World Cup break.
Mbappe is coming off his best game of the season, at least in terms of goal-scoring, having put five bangers past the Pays de Cassel goalie last Monday. Messi should be fresh after spending 10 days away from Paris Saint-Germain and nearly two weeks of rest if you don't consider the friendly match against the Saudi All-Star XI a taxing exercise.