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Brest v PSG Live Commentary & Result, 20/08/2021, Ligue 1


Brest are winless in their last 19 Ligue 1 games against PSG, having lost their last seven in a row, their worst run against the same opponent in the top flight. Only Angers and Metz are currently on a worse run of losses to the same opponent, also PSG. There’s little prospect of an upset, then, but Brest fans can dream, right?

Brest boss Michel Der Zakarian makes one change to his team from their 1-1 draw with Rennes here last time out as Belkebla replaces Magnetti in midfield. There are two changes to PSG from their 4-2 win over Strasbourg. Verratti and Gueye come in for Ebimbe and Draxler.

SUBS: Nathan Bitumazala, Eric Ebimbe, Angel Di Maria, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Julian Draxler, Arnaud Kalimuendo Muinga, Rafinha, Marquinhos, Danilo Pereira.

PSG (4-3-1-2): Keylor Navas; Achraf Hakimi, Thilo Kehrer, Presnel Kimpembe (c), Abdou Diallo; Idrissa Gueye, Marco Verratti, Ander Herrera; Georginio Wijnaldum; Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappe.

SUBS: Julien Faussurier, Romain Philippoteaux, Noah Sow, Jeremy Le Douaron, Axel Camblan, Hugo Magnetti, Gautier Larsonneur, Denys Bain, Jean-Kevin Duverne.

BREST (4-2-3-1): Marco Bizot; Ronael Pierre-Gabriel, Brendan Chardonnet (c), Lilian Brassier, Jere Uronen; Haris Belkebla, Hianga’a M’Bock; Franck Honorat, Romain Faivre, Irvin Cardona; Steve Mounie.

Brest won’t relish a visit by title favourites PSG, then, who have a 100 per cent record early on. Mauricio Pochettino’s team are unbeaten in their last nine Ligue 1 games, the longest current unbeaten run in the league, and are on their longest unbeaten run away from home since 2018-19. Even though they’re still without Lionel Messi, they’re still very good.

Brest remain unbeaten in Ligue 1 this season after picking up two draws in their first two games. They’ll be focused on getting back to winning ways at home though, having failed to win their last six league games here at the Stade Francis-Le Ble. It certainly isn’t for lack of trying as only Clermont have registered more shots on target than the Bretons so far.

Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this Ligue 1 match between Brest and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Francis-Le Ble, Brest.


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