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  • 8 August 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • Stade Auguste-Delaune II, Reims
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
  • • Attendance: 18540
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Reims - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ibrahimovic & Co. out for winning start to title defence

Reims - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ibrahimovic & Co. out for winning start to title defence

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The reigning Ligue 1 champions begin their campaign to defend the crown against the charges of coach Jean-Luc Vasseur, who spent six years with Les Parisiens as a player

Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to get their Ligue 1 defence off to a winning start against Reims on Friday following their Trophee des Champions victory.

PSG won a second successive French crown in dominant fashion last season, finishing at the summit of the table by nine points from runners-up Monaco.

Laurent Blanc's men are heavy favourites to make it three in a row in 2014-15 and will be expected to start with three points when they travel to the Stade Auguste Delaune.

Jean-Luc Vasseur, who spent six years as a player at PSG, took over at Reims in June after Hubert Fournier left for Lyon following a spell that saw him guide the six-time French champions back to Ligue 1, ending a 33-year absence from the top flight.

Reims will need to be highly motivated if they are to achieve a shock result against a side who ran out 3-0 winners in both of last season's league meetings.

The defending champions looked in ominous form in Saturday's 2-0 Trophee des Champions victory over Coupe de France winners Guingamp, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a double in a comfortable win.

However, the visitors do have reason for optimism, with a host of PSG players set to be unavailable for the opener.

Midfielder Adrien Rabiot and playmaker Lucas Moura are both struggling with ankle injuries, while new signing David Luiz - who only began training this week - appears unlikely to be fit in time to make his debut after missing all of PSG's pre-season preparations following his World Cup exertions with Brazil.

David Luiz's compatriot and captain, Thiago Silva, is also likely to miss out, meaning that Zoumana Camara and Marquinhos are in line to start as the two centre-backs.

Reims also have their fair share of injury worries, with Anthony Weber, Alexis Peuget and Yann Benedick all still recovering from cruciate ligament problems. Striker Nicolas de Preville (knee) is also a doubt, along with fellow fitness worries Antoine Conte, Atila Turan and Mickael Tacalfred.

Last Five Matches

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Reader's Predictions

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Draw
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
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Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG

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