Paris Saint-Germain will endeavour to cement their position at the top of the Ligue 1 table when they travel to the Groupama Stadium to face Lyon on Sunday night.
Les Gones went down 2-1 to Monaco last weekend, while the French champions survived a scare to beat Maccabi Haifa 3-1 in the Champions League.
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.
Another day, another record broken for Lionel Messi. The 35-year-old has been lauded for his vision and assists so far this term, but goalscoring feats were on the midweek menu as PSG came from behind to beat Maccabi Haifa in Champions League Group H.
After Tjaronn Chery had stuck out a foot to give the Israeli champions a 1-0 lead, Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe responded for Les Parisiens, as the former scored in the Champions League against a record 39th opponent – surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s 38 – for a record 18th season running.
Christophe Galtier’s side were indebted to their famed attacking triumvirate for getting them over the line in Israel and also scored just the one goal in a 1-0 success over Brest last weekend, which ensured that they would remain clear of second-placed Marseille on goal difference at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Victory over Maccabi Haifa marked a fifth win on the bounce for the capital outfit in all competitions, as well as representing a sixth-straight triumph away from home in all competitions. Not only that, but PSG have remarkably scored at least three goals in each of their last nine games on the road.
Galtier would also have been pleased to see his side record three successive clean sheets in Ligue 1 last weekend, and PSG have lost just one of their last eight meetings with Lyon in all tournaments, with last season’s clash at the Groupama Stadium ending 1-1.
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