Neymar is set to make his home debut on Sunday afternoon as Paris Saint-Germain host Toulouse. PSG will look to continue their perfect start to the new season when mid table side Toulouse visit the Parc Des Princes, and expectations will undoubtable be high with Neymar in town!
The game in front of the Parc Des Princes marks the end of an emotional week for Les Parisians as they waved goodbye to a fantastic servant to the club, Blaise Matuidi, who left for Italian giants Juventus for a questionable £18.2m fee. It didn’t come as a massive surprise to hear the much adored Frenchman was moving on after becoming back up to Rabiot and Verratti in the Paris starting eleven. PSG marked the emotional occasion on twitter with a series of tweets flashing back to his memories in the capital, but now PSG will look to end the week with a win to take the capital club to the top of the table.
Toulouse have been a ‘bogey’ team for Paris Saint Germain in recent history. Former boss Laurent Blanc had his problems overcoming the visitors to the Parc this weekend and Unai Emery has also been unable to take all three points against Toulouse since he took over last summer, recording a disappointing 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture last season.
The visitors have also had a respectable start to the new campaign; Pascal Dupraz’s side pushed reigning champions, Monaco, close in a 3-2 defeat on the opening weekend and got off the mark in a 1-0 win at home to Montpellier last weekend.
The capital club are in a good run of form themselves and Neymar is in line, and very likely, to make his home debut. The £200.6m man had a fantastic start to life in France last weekend and the Paris faithful will be looking for more fireworks from the 25 year-old in front of the Parc Des Princes this evening.
“We want to be better than last year. On Sunday, we have the chance to show that we have grown stronger”
Unai Emery, ESPN.FC
Neymar is in the squad to face Toulouse but the most surprising exclusion from the squad in 20 year-old Goncalo Guedes, sparking further rumours that Kylian Mbappe – who was also left out of the Monaco squad in their 1-0 win over Metz – could be on his way to Paris by the end of the transfer window.
Serge Aurier is also left out but did train with squad during the week. Krychowiak, Ben Arfa and Lucas Moura are unsurprisingly left out too. The biggest inclusion, however, is arguably Julian Draxler has been linked with a move to the Premier League but Emery has brought back the German after he missed the first two games of the season after playing, and winning, the Confederation Cup in the summer. Verratti is also in despite picking up knock in training on Thursday.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Areola; Meunier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa; Thiago Motta, Verratti, Rabiot; Di Maria, Cavani, Neymar
Subs: Trapp, Dani Alves, Kimpembe, Nkunku, Pastore, Draxler, Lo Celso
PSG 2-1 Toulouse