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Defending set-pieces was clearly not on the agenda for Peter Bosz‘s Lyon side at the Stade Louis II, as Caio Henrique‘s corner met the head of Benoit Badiashile to give Monaco the lead before Guillermo Maripan connected with a free kick from the left-back not long after.
Lyon did respond in the dying embers through Karl Toko Ekambi‘s smartly-taken volley, but it was too little too late for Les Gones, who have now suffered two consecutive defeats in Ligue 1 following a midweek loss to Lorient on September 7.
A strong start to the season for Lyon has paled into insignificance somewhat following their back-to-back losses, and Les Gones now find themselves fifth in the standings – six points behind upcoming opponents PSG and four adrift of Lens in third.
Toko Ekambi’s consolation in the defeat to Monaco does at least mean that Lyon have now scored in 16 straight Ligue 1 games – highlighting the area where their problems certainly do not lie – but it is just one clean sheet in their last 10 domestic encounters for Bosz’s side.
It has been over four-and-a-half years since Lyon last suffered three straight losses in Ligue 1, but PSG are fully intent on inflicting more misery upon their fellow powerhouses, even if they will have to break the hosts’ eight-game domestic winning run on home turf to do so.
Lyon centre-back Jerome Boateng was thought to have had a strong chance of returning from a muscle injury in time for the trip to Monaco, but the German did not make the cut and has since suffered a setback in his recovery.
Boateng will not be present on Sunday, and neither will goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (knee), but Bosz is otherwise well-stocked for the contest with the champions and will no doubt ponder alterations following last weekend’s loss.
Thiago Mendes‘s spot alongside Castello Lukeba in defence is seemingly safe for now while Boateng recovers, while 19-year-old Rayan Cherki is pushing for his first start of the season after coming up with his third assist in six matches for Toko Ekambi’s goal at Monaco.
Meanwhile, PSG lost centre-back Presnel Kimpembe to a hamstring injury against Brest, and the France international is expected to spend the next six weeks on the sidelines – Danilo Pereira is currently deputising in the back three.
Keylor Navas missed the trip to Maccabi Haifa with back problems but has now returned to the squad, while Renato Sanches‘s injury woes are just not letting up as he remains sidelined with an adductor problem.
Despite the presence of Carlos Soler and Fabian Ruiz, Galtier has been loath to break up the midfield partnership of Marco Verratti and Vitinha, both of whom should start on Sunday.
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The only changes for PSG could come in the full-back areas, as the well-rested Achraf Hakimi and Juan Bernat seek to displace Nordi Mukiele and Nuno Mendes. Off the field, the reigning champions will be without their away supporters, who have been banned from making the journey due to the use of pyrotechnics in their win at Nantes on September 3.
Lyon possible starting lineup:
Lopes; Gusto, Mendes, Lukeba, Tagliafico; Caqueret, Lepenant, Tolisso; Tete, Lacazette, Toko Ekambi
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Pereira, Marquinhos, Ramos; Hakimi, Verratti, Vitinha, Bernat; Messi; Mbappe, Neymar