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Paris Saint-Germain welcome FC Lorient to Parc des Princes on Sunday for the final match of the Ligue 1 weekend. The home side are 12 points clear coming into this weekend while the away team are just one point above the relegation zone. Mauricio Pochettino will be without a whole host of regular starters so Les Parisiens might be more vulnerable than usual.
Here is how you can watch the match and what to know:
PSG:Â Marco Verratti, Abdou Diallo, Julian Draxler, Keylor Navas, Ander Herrera, Juan Bernat, Layvin Kurzawa and Angel Di Maria are all out.
« We were very poor against Monaco, » said Pochettino pre-match. « We were not good at all. Most of the players were impacted by the international break. This is no excuse, but it must be considered. There are some niggles since the internationals. »
Verratti, Diallo, Draxler, Navas, Herrera, Bernat, Kurzawa & Di Maria all OUT for PSG vs. Lorient. #PSGFCL https://t.co/LxgiwplEzo
PSG:Â After their heavy loss to AS Monaco, the Ligue 1 leaders’ advantage has been cut to 12 points. Not enough to put their title hopes in jeopardy, but enough to start worrying them about losing further points. Despite their absences, Pochettino’s men should have enough to see off a Merlus side which has just about kept its head above water so far this season.
Lorient:Â Christophe Pelissier’s men have lost just two of their last seven with three wins and two draws in that time to give themselves hope of survival. However, the Bretons are unlikely to be targeting anything substantial from this visit to the capital with survival points to be found in other upcoming fixtures such as AS Saint-Etienne and FC Metz at home.
If PSG are in the mood to apply themselves, they should win easily. If not, Lorient could come away with a point or better. Given home advantage, it should be a straightforward enough win for Les Parisiens.
Pick: PSG 3-0 Lorient.
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