Paris SG VS Brest Ligue 1 LVE Football Score 20 August 2021
NAME: Stade Brestois 29 – Paris Saint-Germain
DATE: August 20, 2021
TIME: 19:00 UTC
VENUE: Stade Francis-Le Ble, Brest , France
Paris Saint-Germain will play their third Ligue 1 match on Friday when they visit Brest. However, this will not be Lionel Messi’s debut for the club. The Argentine attacker, who signed on a free transfer from FC Barcelona this month has been training with the team but does not seem to be match fit following his presentation to home fans at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
For both teams, this will mark the 32nd time they face each other. Unfortunately, for Brest, the history is lopsided in favour of the Parisian outfit with PSG having won 17 times, while Brest has only won 3 games with 11 draws.
On Thursday at a press conference, PSG coach Mauricio Pchetino stated, “We haven’t decided the squad yet but will do so shortly. We will analyze whether he can be on the team. In terms of what Lionel Messi brings, everybody knows that. His presence here in terms of what he represents is something we have talked about a lot in recent days.
The Paris team is the heavy favorite to win the match with history pointing to an away win. PSG has won their first two games of the season, and star Lionel Messi has yet to make his debut, which signals the strength of their squad.
After holding Les Gones to a 1-1 stalemate in the inaugural matchweek, Brest appeared to be heading for defeat against Rennes as Serhou Guirassy headed in the opener with 84 minutes on the clock, but an inspired substitution from Der Zakarian saw Jeremy Le Douaron use his head to rescue a point in added time.
Having been handed one of the most daunting starts possible in Ligue 1, Les Pirates deserve immense credit for navigating their first two games of the season unbeaten – results which have placed them 11th in the embryonic standings.
Maintaining their unbeaten start to the campaign will be a tall order against PSG, though, especially with last week’s draw with Rennes stretching their winless run on home soil to six matches since a 3-1 success over Dijon on March 3.
One cannot knock Der Zakarian’s men for giving it a good go, though, as Brest’s tally of 13 shots on target from two games is the second-highest in the league behind newly-promoted surprise package Clermont Foot 63, and PSG cannot travel to the Stade Francis-Le Ble expecting to cruise to another victory.
With their main rivals in Lille, Lyon and Monaco already faltering, Pochettino’s new-look PSG – with a quintet of eye-catching arrivals in tow – are firm favourites to reclaim their rightful Ligue 1 crown, although goal difference means that they find themselves below Angers and Clermont at this very early stage.
Autumnal and winter wobbles proved costly in PSG’s title bid last term, but Pochettino’s side have now taken 25 points from the last 27 on offer in Ligue 1 – winning each of their last four – while eight of their last nine fixtures away from home have ended in victory.
Brest welcomed PSG to the Stade Francis-Le Ble during the final gameweek of the 2020-21 season, which ended in a 2-0 win for Pochettino’s men, and Les Pirates’ most recent win over the capital side came all the way back in the 1984-85 season.