Mbappé to start as PSG tackle Strasbourg?

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Rested for the 2-0 win over ESTAC Troyes, Kylian Mbappé is likely to be restored to Paris Saint-Germain's starting XI when they take on RC Strasbourg Alsace on Saturday.

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PSG make the 500-kilometre journey east to Strasbourg looking with a ten-point cushion on nearest challengers Olympique de Marseille at the top of the Ligue 1 Conforama standings.

Such is Les Parisiens' strength in depth that Dani Alves and Julian Draxler watched Wednesday night's 2-0 win over Troyes from the bench, with Mbappé and Dani Alves late substitutions.

The capital club were made to work, though, and coach Unai Emery was relieved to picked up all three points after late goals from Neymar and Edinson Cavani having seen the latter miss a first-half penalty.

Watch: Highlights of PSG's 2-0 win over Troyes!

"We were up against a side that defended very well. They caused us plenty of problems." Said the Spaniard. "It was a good challenge for us, because we are always looking to improve. Winning matches easily can sometimes lead to a false sense of security. Today we were tactically smart. We showed patience."

Neymar form

Neymar has now scored 15 goals in Ligue 1 Conforama, and former France coach Raymond Domenech thinks Strasbourg have little chance of stopping the Brazilian - should Emery elect to play him with a UEFA Champions League Group B decider against Bayern Munich to play on Tuesday.

"It's a personal thing, each player has his own way to do it," said the 65-year-old, who turned out for both of Saturday's teams as a full-back in his pomp. "For me, against Neymar, I would stick to him, show him who I am, bite him, make his life difficult. But would it be sufficient to stop such an armada?"

Motta recovery

That armada are likely to be rotated, with Mbappé and Draxler favourites to lead the attack against Le Racing. Thiago Motta underwent a successful knee operation earlier this week and is likely to return in mid-December. The Strasbourg game comes too soon for him, but otherwise PSG have a full-strength squad.

Strasbourg begin the day in 17th, with 26 fewer points than the league leaders, though they picked up a creditable 0-0 draw at home to SM Caen on Tuesday, and are now without defeat in three matches.

Watch: Highlights of Strasbourg's dogged 0-0 draw with Caen

Jonas Martin, Nuno Da Costa and Anthony Gonçalves were taken off before full-time in midweek with coach Thierry Laurey keeping half an eye on the PSG game.

"I was disappointed with the first half because I thought we could have done better in certain situations," he said at his post-match press-conference. "We really suffered in the second half. We got a bit of luck but that's no bad thing from time to time. We are satisfied with a point, we'll settle for that. "

Kader Mangane was given a rare start on Tuesday, but Laurey is likely to reinstall Yoann Salmier to the heart of his defence as Strasbourg go in search of a first over PSG since February 2005.

Probable teams:

Strasbourg: Kamara – Lala, Mangane (c), Koné, Seka – Aholou, Grimm, Liénard – Martin – Terrier, Da Costa

PSG: Areola – Alves, Marquinhos (c), Kimpembe, Berchiche – Nkunku, Rabiot, Draxler – Mbappé, Cavani, Neymar



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