Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to start their 2019-20 Ligue 1 campaign in a positive fashion when they welcome Nimes to the French capital on Sunday night.
The Paris giants landed their eighth Ligue 1 title last season, while Nimes enjoyed an impressive return to the top flight as they claimed ninth despite only been promoted back to the top tier in 2018.
PSG will be without the services of Spanish midfielder Herrera after the summer arrival from Manchester United picked up a calf problem in the win over Rennes.
Tuchel otherwise has a strong squad available, though, and much of the pre-match talk will centre around the potential inclusion of Neymar.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 11, 2019
The Brazil international is likely to be involved in some capacity. However, it would not be a surprise to see Di Maria join Edinson Cavani and Mbappe in the final third from the start.
Gueye and Sarabia should make their Ligue 1 debuts for the club, while Marco Verratti and Thiago Silva will continue in central midfield and central defence respectively.
As for Nimes, a number of new signings could make their competitive debuts this weekend, with Philippoteaux and Ferhat in line to start in the final third, and Martinez in central defence.
JOUR DE MATCH
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— Nîmes Olympique (@nimesolympique) August 11, 2019
Long-serving forward Renaud Ripart should be named in an attacking position, with academy product Gaetan Paquiez also due to make the starting XI.
Paris Saint-Germain predicted lineup: Areola; Kehrer, Silva, Marquinhos, Bernat; Sarabia, Gueye, Verratti; Di Maria, Cavani, Mbappe
Nimes possible predicted lineup: Bernardoni; Alakouch, Landre, Martinez, Miguel; Bobichon, Paquiez, Valls; Ferhat, Ripart, Philippoteaux
Head To Head
As mentioned, PSG won both Ligue 1 games between the two teams last season – recording a 4-2 victory in the away clash before triumphing 3-0 on home soil.
Last season’s games proved to be the first time that the pair had locked horns since PSG won 3-0 in the Coupe de France back in January 2007.
*Odds are subject to change