Tuesday, June 6

PSG vs. Lens live score, updates, highlights & lineups as Messi, Mbappe and Neymar chase Ligue 1 title

If PSG felt any frustration at not winning the Ligue 1 title following Marseille twice coming from behind to beat Nantes in midweek, the potential joy of winning a record-equalling 10th French title at home against Lens should soften the blow.

In a sometimes-underwhelming season, Lionel Messi will win Ligue 1 in his first season at PSG if his new club beats high-flying Lens, who will be motivated to cause an upset and help their bid to qualify for a European competition next season, sitting three points outside those places.

PSG won 3-0 at Angers on Wednesday to seal a fourth successive win in a domestic campaign during which their supremacy has been almost absolute, putting them 15 points clear of Marseille with five games of the season remaining.

There are warning signs, though: Lens arrive on a fine run of form, winning their last three matches by an aggregate score of 7-1, including a 2-1 victory at reigning champions Lille on their last away trip.

The Sporting News is following the match live, providing score updates and commentary below.

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PSG vs. Lens live score

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PSG vs. Lens live updates and highlights

15 mins to KO: The players are out. Marseille will need to win at Reims on Sunday night if PSG slip up tonight.

30 mins to KO: The lineups are out – and so are the teams. Will this be the matchday squad to restore PSG’s title following the frustration of the 2020/21 season?

45 mins to KO: Paris begin like this! Messi and Neymar return in their top-tier attacking triumvirate.

1 hour to KO: Here’s how Lens line up as they seek a fourth successive victory.

1 hour 15 mins to KO: Messi missed the win at Angers with an Achilles problem, while Neymar was suspended. Expect them both to return tonight.

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1 hour 30 mins to KO: Lens are not to be underestimated: they won away at reigning champions Lille last time and have European football next season in their sights, starting three points shy of the fifth-placed finish required for that.

1 hour 45 mins to KO: PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino does not want his side to wait around. “Winning the title as soon as possible is the best possible outcome,” he said, having only seen the runaway leaders denied by a Marseille comeback win on Wednesday.

“It wasn’t possible [courtesy of the win] against Angers, but we had a good game and took the three points. That’s the most important thing.”

2 hours to KO: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage as PSG have their first chance of the season to win the Ligue 1 title — it would be a record-equalling 10th for the French giants — against high-flying Lens, who have won their last three games.

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PSG vs. Lens predicted lineups

The major news for PSG is the potential return to the starting XI of Neymar — he missed the Angers game through a ban — and Messi, sidelined for that match by an Achilles tendon injury. Mauro Icardi (thigh), Leandro Paredes (groin), Ander Herrera (thigh), Abdou Diallo (groin), Layvin Kurzawa (calf) and Julian Draxler (knee) are all out.

PSG projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Navas (GK) — Hakimi, Marquinhos, Ramos, Mendes — Wijnaldum, Pereira, Gueye — Messi, Mbappe, Neymar

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Gael Kakuta remains out with a knee problem for Lens, meaning Costa continues in midfield. Facundo Medina has a thigh strain, so prospect Christopher Wooh is deputising for him in defence.

Lens projected starting lineup (3-4-1-2): Farinez (GK) — Gradit, Danso, Wooh — Clauss, Doucoure, Fofana, Frankowski — Costa — Kalimuendo, Sotoca

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar of PSG

How to watch PSG vs. Lens

  UK USA Canada Australia
Date Sat, April 23 Sat, April 23 Sat, April 23 Sun, April 24
Time 20:00 BST 15:00 ET 15:00 ET 05:00 AEST
TV channel BT Sport 3 beIN Sports beIN Sports beIN Sports
Streaming BT Sport site/app fuboTV fuboTV Foxtel Go, Kayo

UK: In the UK, viewers can watch on BT Sport or via the BT Sport website or app. The broadcast begins at 7.30 p.m. BST.

USA & Canada: Ligue 1 matches are available on beIN Sports and streamed on beIN Sports Connect. The matches are also streamed on fuboTV, which is available to new users on a free trial.

Australia: Ligue 1 is also carried by beIN Sports in Australia, which can be streamed on several platforms including Foxtel Go and Kayo.

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