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Paris SG vs Reims Live Reddit Score Match 23/1/2022

The club from the northeast are currently struggling at the wrong end of the league table, having collected only 24 points from 21 matches. Ekitike’s return should enable the Newcastle United-linked youngster to spearhead the Reims frontline, with the assistance of two advanced attackers in Nathanael Mbuku and Ilan Kebbal. Reims have no shortage of alternatives, as academy talents such as N’Dri Philippe Koffi and Alexis Flips also look to make an impact against the mighty PSG.

Reims are a bit short in midfield due to all the absentees, either due to AFCON or injuries. However, Les rouges et blancs have recently brought in Jens Cajuste from Midtjylland. The young Swede is expected to make his debut against PSG, partnering Dion Lopy in the double-pivot. Matusiwa could start ahead of Lopy if he is declared fit enough to do so. Elsewhere in the second line of press, wing-backs Thomas Foket and Bradley Locko could be key, with the former, in particular, being a crucial outlet on the counter. At the same time, they have to remain alert to the dangers posed by PSG’s wide players and help out the three-man backline, consisting of Andreaw Gravillon, Yunis Abdelhamid, Wout Faes.

In midfield, Idrissa Gueye remains out due to his participation at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Georginio Wijnaldum is out injured. Danilo Pereira is the favourite to return to the PSG setup by occupying the number six slot. The Portuguese international is set to play a crucial role in offering support for the backline and mopping up loose balls in the middle of the park.

As for the defence, Achraf Hakimi and Abdou Diallo remain unavailable due to AFCON, while Juan Bernat is not fully fit. Even though Sergio Ramos is available, Pochettino is unlikely to make any changes from the defensive setup that faced Brest, with Nuno Mendes and Thilo Kehrer occupying the full-back roles, assisting the central defensive duo of Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos.

Reims are struggling with a host of unavailable players due to the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. Ghislain Konan, Moussa Doumbia, and El Bilal Toure are some of the players still competing in the tournament, while Moreto Cassama is a doubt, despite Guinea-Bissau’s elimination. Meanwhile, Valon Berisha and Marshall Munetsi are struggling with fitness issues. On a positive note, star player Hugo Ekitike returns from suspension. Azor Matusiwa has recovered from his thigh problems as well and will be an option on Sunday.

However, through a combination of staunch defending and good fortune, the runaway leaders posted yet another win and clean sheet to boost their title bid, and an 11-point chasm separates Pochettino’s men from closest challengers Nice with over half of the season now gone. As Les Parisiens continue to ride off into the sunset in Ligue 1, Pochettino may already have one eye on his side’s impending Champions League last-16 showdown with Real Madrid, and the difficult fixtures pile up before then with Lille, Nice and Rennes all lying in wait.

Start date: 24 Jan 2022 00:45
Location: Paris Venue: Parc des Princes
Referee: Eric Wattellier, France
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