PSG vs. Benfica: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream and TV Info

Jonathan Johnson@@Jon_LeGossipFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2015

PSG's Edinson Cavani, left, challenges for the ball with Benfica's Andre Almeida during the Champions League group C soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Benfica, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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French champions Paris Saint-Germain face Portuguese kings SL Benfica in the International Champions Cup (ICC) at BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday.

For Os Encarnados, new coach Rui Vitoria will take charge of the club for the first time.

As for Les Parisiens, it is a chance for them to continue their pre-season preparations after a successful training camp in Austria.

The pair have met as recently as the 2013-14 season, when they were in the same UEFA Champions League group.

PSG won comfortably in Paris, but Benfica edged the French capital outfit in Portugal.

Armando Franca/Associated Press

 

Date: Saturday, July 18

Time: Sunday, July 19 1:35 a.m. BST (2:35 a.m. CEST)/Saturday, July 18 8:35 p.m. EDT

Venue: BMO Field, Toronto

TV Info: beIN Sports 1 (France), ESPN Deportes (Spanish language U.S. only) and re-shown on Fox Sports 1 (U.S. only) on Monday July 20

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go (U.S. only)

Christophe Ena/Associated Press

 

Preamble

PSG are now close to full strength after the return of their non-South American international players to training.

Laurent Blanc’s men have been in the USA since Wednesday, while Benfica only arrived on Friday, so the French giants are more likely to be ready for a match like this.

This ICC clash in Toronto will be the debut of new Benfica coach Vitoria.

Blanc was deprived of many of his star names in Austria recently, but now he can once again call upon the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti.

Francois Mori/Associated Press

 

Form Lines (all competitions):

PSG

W 0-3 vs. Wiener Sportklub

Benfica

N/A - First friendly match of 2015-16 season

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Predicted Formations

PSG's starting XI vs. Benfica as predicted by L'Equipe
PSG's starting XI vs. Benfica as predicted by L'EquipeJonathan Johnson B/R

A possible Benfica starting XI
A possible Benfica starting XIJonathan Johnson B/R

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Player to Watch Per Side

After his impressive performance in the 3-0 win away at Wiener SK, Jean-Kevin Augustin should be given another chance to impress by Blanc against Benfica.

The 18-year-old scored two of the French giants’ three goals in the win over the Austrian minnows and will be hoping to seize any and every chance that he is given to show what he can offer his coach in the coming season.

As for Benfica, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the future of Nicolas Gaitan this summer, but the Argentinian remains at the club and has travelled to North America for the ICC.

If he plays, with Vitoria expected to go with a familiar starting XI to that seen under predecessor Jorge Jesus, the 27-year-old Argentina international will be one of the main dangers for PSG during the game.

Armando Franca/Associated Press

 

Key Battle

Matuidi's return to the squad is a big boost for Blanc, especially with the likes of Verratti and Ibrahimovic not expected to start in Toronto.

Le President will likely line up with a young team once again, so the France international will almost certainly captain the side against Benfica.

Matuidi's battle with the Portuguese giants' Ljubomir Fejsa will be the key battle from the start of the game, although that could change if Ibrahimovic is introduced at some point and SLB captain Luisao is still on the pitch.

 

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