PSG vs Lorient 17/12/20

PSG will be looking to return to winning ways in Ligue 1 when they meet newly-promoted Lorient at the Parc des Princes.

PSG lost 1-0 to Olympique Lyonnais at home last time out, which means they have now won just one of their four prevoius Ligue 1 matches (D1, L2). Interestingly, ‘Les Parisiens’ have lost four of their opening 14 league fixtures for the first time since 2009/10, with three of those defeats coming by the same 1-0 scoreline. Also, Thomas Tuchel’s men have conceded the first goal in both of their previous home league games (D1, L1) and are now facing the risk of losing three such contests in a row for the first time under the Qatari ownership. However, the reigning French champions have won each of their last nine top-flight meetings with Lorient and are undefeated in their 26 previous matches against promoted sides in Ligue 1 (W24, D2). If PSG win here, they are likely to do it with some dignity, as evidenced by the fact each of their last three home league victories has come by at least a three-goal margin.

Meanwhile, a 3-0 thumping of Nimes at the weekend did bring Lorient’s disastrous six-game winless Ligue 1 streak to an end (D1, L5), propelling them outside the relegation zone. But, no team has registered fewer away league points than ‘Les Merlus’ (4) so far, with Christophe P√©lissier’s men losing both of their previous Ligue 1 trips ‘to nil’ and by at multiple-goal margins. Indeed, a lack of firepower up front has seen Lorient draw a blank in four of their seven away league fixtures, including the last three. Furthermore, the visitors have never defeated the reigning Ligue 1 champions on the road (D3, L10), losing their last five such contests.

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