French football fans are going to be treated to yet another French Cup final in the space of one week as Paris Saint-Germain battle with Olympique Lyonnais for the Coupe de la Ligue title on Friday. With the match slated to kick-off at 18:45 GMT, we will see which one of the sides will lift the coveted cup at the end of the 90 minutes.
Paris Saint-Germain will be gutted after losing to runners up Guingamp in the quarter-finals last season. However, they will be extremely confident that they can win the domestic treble this year after winning both the league and the Coupe de France.
Paris Saint-Germain knocked out Le Mans FC, Saint-Etienne, and Stade Reims as they go in the hunt for their ninth Coupe de la Ligue title in their illustrious history.
Although they would be fired up for this game, their main focus will be their quarterfinals match against Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta as they clash in the Champions League on August 8. However, they would have to play the first leg without Kylian Mbappe after he suffered an ankle sprain against Saint-Etienne last week.
Lyon on the flip side are eyeing their first Coupe de la Ligue title since 2001- their only triumph since the competition was formed. They would be seeking retribution after they lost disappointingly to the Parisians 5-1 in the semifinals of the Coupe de France.
They beat Toulouse, Stade Brest, and Lille on their road to cup glory. However, they still have a chance at the European Cup after beating Juventus 1-0 at the Groupama Stadium in the first leg of their last-16 tie- the return leg slated for August 7.
Rudi Garcia is heading into this game in full throttle as they don’t have any current injury woes. Tomas Tuchel, on the other hand, has a few injury problems. Kylian Mbappe would miss this game after a crunching tackle from Loic Perrin in the Coupe de France final. Thilo Kehrer is also ruled out while Juan Bernat is doubtful.
PSG vs Lyon Prediction: 3-1
Lyon have tasted only two victories against the Parisiens over the last 3 seasons. They would need to pull off one of those performances if they’re to win their first title since 2001. The Parisiens, even though they’re without key players, are still a strong side. That being said, we fully expect them to complete the domestic treble on Friday.