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Paris Saint-Germain predicted lineup vs Clermont Foot - Ligue 1

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Mauricio Pochettino has won his last three managerial meetings against promoted teams in Ligue 1 after losing his first in January 2021
Mauricio Pochettino has won his last three managerial meetings against promoted teams in Ligue 1 after losing his first in January 2021 / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Champions-elect Paris Saint-Germain face promoted side Clermont Foot in Ligue 1 away from home on Saturday night.

PSG have lost their last four matches on the road across all competitions. They only suffered five defeats outside the French capital in the entirety of last season.

Here's the XI Mauricio Pochettino may deploy to end this embarrassing sequence of losses.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Gianluigi Donnarumma hasn't kept a clean sheet in Ligue 1 since mid-January / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) - Injury to Keylor Navas has temporarily halted the rotation policy Pochettino has employed with his pair of globally-renowned keepers.

Achraf Hakimi (RB) - This month, the Morocco international became one of 12 players in the running for Ligue 1's Marc-Vivien Foe award, bestowed to the best African player in the French top flight.

Marquinhos (CB) - PSG's defensively flawed captain has scored as many league goals as Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria this season (three).

Sergio Ramos (CB) - Treated to a squall of boos upon his cameo appearance last weekend, the rarely-spotted Ramos may be tossed into the starting XI while he's fit.

Nuno Mendes (LB) - As an increasingly common selection - appearing in all but one of PSG's 15 matches across all competitions in 2022 - the Parisians look ever closer to triggering the €40m release clause in his loan agreement.

2. Midfielders

Idrissa Gueye
Idrissa Gana Gueye hasn't been involved in a Ligue 1 away win since November / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) - The departed Pablo Sarabia scored with his only Ligue 1 shot of the season but Wijnaldum finds himself at the other end of the spectrum, able to steer just one of his 19 attempts on target so far.

Danilo Pereira (CM) - The versatile defensive midfielder has only once before bettered his current tally of five league goals in a single season.

Idrissa Gana Gueye (CM) - A spate of injuries to PSG's raft of secondary midfielders - and first-choice Marco Verratti - may allow Gueye to consolidate his place in the starting XI.

3. Forwards

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is the youngest player in the history of Ligue 1 to score 124 goals in the competition / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Lionel Messi (RW) - For the 12th time in his senior career, Messi has hit double digits for league assists in a single season.

Kylian Mbappe (ST) - The generational talent became the first player to have a hand in as many as five goals in a single Ligue 1 game since Edinson Cavani in 2019 last weekend.

Neymar (LW) - Since his last Ligue 1 assist the weekend before Halloween, Neymar has created 22 chances for his teammates that haven't been converted.

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