It has been a summer of change at PSG, with Luis Enrique brought in to take the Parisians to the next level. The reigning champions will kick off their new campaign in front of their home fans on Saturday when they host Lorient.
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It has been an unusual summer of activity at PSG, but they will be looking to put that behind them when they open their Ligue 1 campaign in front of their home fans on Saturday. The Parisians have allowed Lionel Messi to depart the club, while Kylian Mbappe and Neymar could yet leave before the deadline. Luis Enrique wants to build a younger team at the Parc des Princes this term, and that is evident following the signings of Manuel Ugarte, Milan Skriniar, and Goncalo Ramos.
This season will be PSG’s 50th consecutive campaign in the top-flight, which is a French record. They have an excellent record on the opening day of the season, as they have won seven of their last eight matchday one fixtures. Their only defeat over that period was against Lens in 2020.
Lorient enjoyed a solid return to Ligue 1 last term, as they finished tenth in the overall standings. They also competed well in the Coupe de France, as they reached the round of 16. Further progression will be expected of Regis Le Bris’s side this term, as they look to get involved in the race for a European spot.
The French side is one of three teams that have competed in at least ten Ligue 1 seasons that have won at least half of their opening matches on the opening day of the season. It will be the fourth time that Lorient will come up against PSG on the opening day, with the visitors unbeaten in the previous three.
PSG vs Lorient Head to Head
PSG have suffered two defeats in their previous five matches against Lorient. That poor run of form comes after winning each of their last ten. Lorient also boasts a fine record in away matches against PSG in the league, as they have won six of their 16 previous visits.
PSG vs Lorient Prediction
A new era at the Parc des Princes gets underway this weekend, and there is newfound belief under Enrique. This isn’t likely to be an easy opening day assignment, but we would be stunned if the reigning champions don’t get off to a winning start.
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