New PSG manager Christophe Galtier makes his competitive debut with the French giants as they take on his former club Nantes in the Trophee des Champions on Sunday.
The competition, similar to the Community Shield in England, pits the defending French Ligue 1 champion against the defending domestic French cup winner. PSG topped the Ligue 1 table last season by a whopping 15 points, while Nantes won an upset-laden Coupe de France.
En route to the Coupe de France title, Nantes’ fourth in club history, they knocked PSG out in the quarterfinals on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
All eyes on Sunday will be on the new PSG boss and how differently his squad reacts to his management style and philosophy after his predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino, struggled to find the right tactical balance to get the most out of the talent at his disposal.
Additionally, the game will be Kylian Mbappe’s first competitive match since shockingly re-signing with the French side amid serious interest from Real Madrid on the heels of his contract expiring in June.
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PSG vs. Nantes TV channel, live stream
|Date||Sun, July 31||Sun, July 31||Sun, July 31||Mon, Aug 1|
|Time||19:00 BST||14:00 ET||14:00 ET||04:00 AEST|
|TV-channel||BT Sports 1||beIN Sports, beIN Spanish||beIN Sports||beIN Sports 3|
|streaming||btsport.com||fuboTV, beIN Connect||fuboTV, beIN Connect||beIN Connect|
USA & Canada: Sunday’s match between Paris Saint-Germain and Nantes from Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel will be televised in the United States and Canada by beIN Sports, which is available for streaming on fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia will also be able to catch the match on beIN Sports linear and streaming platforms.
UK: In the UK, the match can be seen on BT Sport 1 and streamed on BTSport.com.
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PSG vs. Nantes predicted lineups
Leo Messi, Neymarand Kylian Mbappé all found the back of the net in the most recent friendly against Japanese side Gamba Osaka, and will be ready to lead the front line in the first competitive match of the season.
New 22-year-old midfielder Vitinha earned significant playing time in preseason, but Leandro Paredes should reclaim his starting role alongside Marco Verratti.
Gianluigi Donnarumma remains the starter despite his stumbles last season, as Keylor Navas at this point appears to be second-fiddle. However, Navas could be declared the “cup goalkeeper” as many clubs do, meaning he could be in line to start the Trophee des Champions. It remains to be seen how Galtier opts to play the season in net.
PSG projected starting lineup (3-4-3): Donnarumma (GK) — Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Ramos — Mendes, Verratti, Paredes, Hakimi — Neymar, Mbappe, Messi.
Nantes lost a pair of preseason friendly matches to fellow French clubs Guingamp and Stade Rennais both by the score of 1-0.
prolific creative force Ludovic Blas will head the attack after finishing last season with 15 goals and five assists across all competitions. The remainder of the Nantes attacking line, however, is a patchwork bunch, with moses simon and Mostafa Mohamed the likely duo up front, although 21-year-old Nice loanee Evan Guessand could push for minutes.
Nantes projected starting lineup (5-3-2): Lafont (GK) — Merlin, Pallois, Girotto, Castelletto, Corchia — Sissoko, Blas, Chirivella — Simon, Mohamed.
🔙👀 Back to work with two new faces. 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/PcxFt5D05a
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 27, 2022
PSG vs. Nantes betting betting odds & lines
PSG are understandably huge favorites in the match despite last season’s outcome in this same competition which saw them drop a 1-0 result to LOSC Lille. The Parisians still boast one of the best squads in Europe with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe up front.
Goals are expected, and interestingly, Nantes are heavy favorites to find the back of the net as both teams to score is listed at significant minus odds.
to score Y / N
|-155 / +125||-172 / +110|
|+105 / -120||-105 / -130|