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Ligue 1 wk 5: Mbappe set for PSG debut, Nice host Monaco

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 08/09/2017

Ligue 1 wk5: Mbappe set for PSG debut, Nice host Monaco

Paris Saint Germain travel £364m superstar Neymar and deadline signing Kylian Mbappe to Metz in week five of Ligue 1 encounter on Friday night.

While defending champions AS Monaco will start life without the most expensive teenager in football history Mbappe in a trip to Mario Balotelli side OGC Nice on Saturday afternoon.

Early Ligue 1 leader PSG and league holders Monaco are on the 12 points each after four matches with goals different separating them, they only side four straight wins in the league so far.

Metz v Paris Saint-Germain

Unai Emery's side are the heavy favourite in this Friday's fixture as they travel to  Metz who has endured miserable start of the season. The host team who are last in the log table with no single points after losing their four matches so far in this campaign, scoring just one goal and conceding seven. Already, it looks like being a tough task for them to survive in the division.

The dethroned champions are top of the log with four wins from four games as the campaign resumes Ligue encounter following the end of the international break.

Kylian Mbappe set to make his PSG debut in tonight game after he was handed the number 29 jersey a few days ago after sealing his move to Parc de Princess where he team-up with Neymar, Di Maria, Edison Cavani and Julian Draxler in their fire power.

PSG side which is scoring goals for fun at present, having notched 12 times in their previous three encounters, six of which came in the 6-2 rout of Toulouse at Parc des Princes.while Metz has the most porous defence struggling to stop conceding, that looks to be unlikely.

Head to Head

In 19 previous meetings, PSG have won 14, Metz have won three and there have been two draws.

Metz Team News

Metz Midfielder Yann Jouffre is only injury worry.

PSG Team News

Di Maria doubts Lucas Moura is injured, Thiago Silva and Pastore but Marco Verratti is suspended until the end of the month. Out-of-favour Hatem Ben Arfa has been banished to the reserves.

Prediction: Metz 0 - 4 PSG

Nice vs Monaco

Nice are nowhere near the form they had in the last season when they even challenged the very top of the standings in the first half of the campaign.

The latest of the failures for Lucien Favre and his men came just before the international break when the league’s newcomers Amiens SC took a demolishing 3-0 victory over Nice who have thus failed to find the back of the net in three of their last four matches in all competitions.

Monaco Leonardo Jardim and his men who have been enjoying a thrilling kick off to the new campaign despite numerous departures in between two seasons.

The reigning champions will enter the match on the back of four straight victories and as many as six goals scored in the latest of these against no one else but Olympique Marseille.

Head to Head

In 29 previous meetings between the teams, Monaco have won 12, Nice have won 10 and there have been seven draws.

Nice Team News

Striker Mario Balotelli, midfielders Jean Michael Seri and Wylan Cyprien and attacker Mickael Le Bihan are all injured while Dante is suspended.

Monaco Team News 

Defender Kevin N'Doram and Adam Traore are both currently injured.

Prediction: Nice 1 - 1 Monaco

Lyon vs Guingamp

Lyon have started the season in predictably strong form and look capable of going close to qualifying for the Champions League places in Ligue 1 this season, but they will expect a tough test when Guingamp visit this weekend.

Lyon opened the campaign with a thumping 4-0 victory against division new boys Strasbourg, who have just been promoted from Ligue 2, and have since followed that up with another win, this time over Rennes, before drawing with Bordeaux and Nantes ahead of the international break.

Guingamp however are a confident side themselves and surprised many pundits with their performance last season. They have managed two victories so far, which have book-ended losses against Nice and PSG, losses which were not at all unexpected.

Their success has been built on having a tight defence and being able to nick games by the odd goal but they will likely find that tough on Sunday.

Head to Head

In 17 meetings between the teams, Lyon have won nine, Guingamp have won six and there have been two draws.

Lyon Team  News

Lyon's only injury concern is defender Fernando Marcal.

Guingamp Teams News

Guingamp have no current injury worries.

Prediction: Lyon 2-0 Guingamp

Marseille vs Rennes

Marseille are heavy favourites to beat Rennes this Sunday after making a strong start to the Ligue 1 season, while their visitors lie just one place from the bottom of the division with only two points from the opening four games.

Rennes meanwhile look to be in a very difficult spot after managing two draws and two defeats from their opening four games. A 3-2 defeat to Toulouse in their last game was a slight improvement, but Sunday’s encounter is followed by equally tough fixtures against Nice and St Etienne.

Head to Head

In 38 previous meetings between the teams, Marseille have won 18, Rennes have won 12 and there have been eight draws.

Marseille Team News 

Defender Adil Rami and midfielder Dmitri Payet are both currently injured for Marseille.

Rennes Team News

Midfielder Yoann Gourcuff and goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo are on the treatment table at present.

Prediction: Marseille 3-1 Rennes

Other Ligue 1 fixture are?

Caen vs Dijon

Montpellier vs Nantes

Strasbourg vs Amiens

Troyes vs Toulouse

Saint-Etienne vs Angers