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'Omnipresent' Mbappé back for Montpellier meeting

'Omnipresent' Mbappé back for Montpellier meeting

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Publish on 08/09 at 13:50 - S. TELFORD

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Kylian Mbappé is set to make his first start of the season when champions Paris Saint-Germain welcome Montpellier Hérault SC to the Parc des Princes on Saturday night.

Kylian Mbappé is set to make his first start of the season when champions Paris Saint-Germain welcome Montpellier Hérault SC to the Parc des Princes on Saturday night.

 

Paris Saint-Germain - Montpellier Hérault SC

 

- kick-off: 19:00 GMT

 

>> LIVE SCORING, STATS AND COMMENTARY

 

Mbappé was suspended for PSG's 4-0 win over FC Nantes in the season-opening Trophée des Champions before a groin injury ruled him out of last Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of Clermont Foot 63.

 

Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. have shone in the Frenchman's absence, plundering six goals and four assists between them across the last two games, but Christophe Galtier has space for all three in his new-look 3-4-1-2 system.

 

Galtier: 'must salute Sarabia'

 

"Regarding Leo Messi and Neymar, they have known each other for a long time and have been rediscovering each other since last season," said the coach. "I'm not surprised they've been performing... but we must also salute the performances of Pablo Sarabia, who has been involved in two goals and has been a good replacement.

 

Watch: Highlights of PSG's 5-0 win at Clermont



"[But] nobody can forget Kylian. We know what he brings to this team, in the past, present and future. He is omnipresent in this project."

 

Mbappé is likely to replace Sarabia in the final third, then, but a knock means that Renato Sanches - a summer arrival from LOSC - could miss out, with Marco Verratti and Vitinha likely to be paired in central midfield once again.

 

Approaching full-strength

 

Knee injuries mean that Julian Draxler and Timothée Pembélé are definitely out, although they might have found themselves on the fringes of the first team anyway.

 

PSG beat Montpellier home and away last season without conceding a goal, but La Paillade have made a positive start to the current campaign, beating ESTAC Troyes 3-2 last Sunday. Coach Olivier Dall'Oglio feels there is still work to do, though.

 

Watch: Highlights of Montpellier's 3-2 win over Troyes



"We had to win, and we won," he said. "We know it's difficult, we know our problems. It's a success we've been waiting a long time for as we've not had a lot of luck in the league. It's good we broke the cycle.

 

Team-building exercise

 

"We're aware of our shortcomings. Not everyone is at the same level, some are mentally present, others less so. It's part of building a team."

 

Montpellier are likely to be without Stephy Mavididi. The English forward went off early against Troyes last weekend with a thigh injury. With Arnaud Nordin still trying to overcome a groin strain of his own, Béni Makouana should replace Mavididi in the starting line-up.

 

Possible teams

 

PSG: Donnarumma; Ramos, Marquinhos, Kimpembe; Hakimi, Vitinha, Verratti, Mendes; Messi; Mbappé, Neymar

 

Montpellier: Omlin; Tchato, Sacko, Sakho, Sainte-Luce; Chotard, Savanier; Maouassa, Khazri, Makouana; Wahi