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Ramos, Donnarumma And Mbappe To Return | Predicted 4-3-3 PSG Lineup Vs Club Brugge

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Paris Saint-Germain are aiming to end their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign on a positive note as they lock horns with Club Brugge on Tuesday. The Ligue 1 league leaders are currently second in Group A with no chance of catching up to group leaders Manchester City. At the same time, they have their second-place secured as well with a four-point lead over their midweek opponent.

Predicted PSG lineup Vs Club Brugge

Defence

Mauricio Pochettino is likely to ring in the changes in this dead-rubber affair against Brugge. Sergio Ramos, for one, is set for his maiden start for his new club in the Champions League, as he looks to spearhead the PSG backline alongside Marquinhos.

Elsewhere in defence, Achraf Hakimi is likely to be given a breather. It paves the way for Colin Dagba to make a rare appearance at right-back, whereas Nuno Mendes is almost destined to replace Juan Bernat on the opposite flank.

There might be one more change in defence, with Gianluigi Donnarumma looking to replace Keylor Navas in between the sticks. The Italian will be hoping to get rid of the competition by producing a good display against Brugge, which may hit Navas hard after his howler against Lens on the weekend.

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Midfield

As for the midfield unit, Pochettino should once again shuffle his pack. Leandro Paredes remains a favourite to replace Danilo Pereira in the holding midfield slot, while Gini Wijnaldum’s late equaliser should help him get the nod ahead of Marco Verratti.

Wijnaldum and Idrissa Gueye will be hoping to offer creativity in the PSG midfield in order to make life a little easier for the attackers. But at the same time, they need to remain composed up against Brugges’ intense pressing.

Attack

Pochettino is missing his options in attack with Neymar and Julian Draxler both ruled out due to injuries. Mauro Icardi spearheaded the PSG line on the weekend, but the Argentine should make way for Kylian Mbappe this midweek.

The Frenchman’s pace could be useful for creative outlets like Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, as they look to operate on either of the wings. Pochettino doesn’t have many options at his disposal, so the onus will be on these three to deliver.

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