PSG vs Angers live score, updates, highlights from Ligue 1 as Lionel Messi returns from World Cup duty

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Lionel Messi makes his long awaited return to PSG after victory at the 2022 World Cup as the French giants host basement-dwellers Angers at Parc des Princes.

Messi re-enters the squad alongside a previously suspended Neymar as the three-headed PSG attacking monster reunites. Kylian Mbappe himself was unable to carry the load as the Parisians suffered defeat for the first time this season in the last league match, falling to second-place Lens to see their lead atop the table shrink to four points.

Today’s opponent Angers are expected to provide much less danger, as the club sits bottom of the Ligue 1 table without a single point in league play earned since September.

That will provide the perfect rebound opportunity for PSG as they hope to return to form, eyeing the start of Champions League knockout stage play in one month’s time.

The Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

PSG vs Angers live score

  1H 2H Score
PSG
Angers

Goals:
None

Predicted lineups:

PSG (4-3-3, right to left): 99. Donnarumma (GK) — 26. Mukiele, 19. Ramos, 5. Marquinhos, 14. Bernat — 12. Fabian, 15. Danilo, 17. Vitinha — 10. Neymar, 30. Messi, 7. Mbappe.

Angers (4-4-2, right to left): 1. Bernardoni (GK) — 94. Valery, 5. Blazic, 22. Hountondji, 3. Doumbia — 28. Melali, 6. Bentaleb, 2. Mendy, 15. Capelle — 11. Salama, 23. Hunou.

PSG vs Angers live updates, highlights, commentary

85 mins to kick: Speaking of players returning from World Cup duty, Sofiane Boufal hasn’t returned for Angers quite yet. While Messi has the age, pedigree, and trophy to support his time away, Boufal’s absence has instead caused rumors of discontent at the bottom-dwelling Ligue 1 club.

Interestingly, he reportedly returned to training last week and was included in the Angers squad and we will soon find out whether he’s been deployed today for the first time since Morocco’s time at the World Cup ended.

103 mins to kick: Guess who’s back.

120 mins to kick: Lionel Messi returns to club action today from World Cup duty, and he’s been recognised as one of five PSG players to be nominated for selection in the FIFA 23 Team of the Year. The other PSG players nominated are Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Achraf Hakimi, and Marquinhos.

PSG vs Angers lineups & team news

Lionel Messi will be back for PSG in his first appearance at the club level since winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup, while his strike partner Neymar also returns from his one-match suspension.

PSG’s midfield construction will be something to watch as manager Christophe Galtier has yet to find the right mix of players in the center of the pitch. They are without Marco Verratti who missed PSG training on Tuesday due to a quad injury, and was ruled out of the match shortly after. That could see a way back in for out-of-favor Vitinha.

Achraf Hakimi is suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation, seeing Nordi Mukiele slot in at right-back. Nuno Mendes is also injured, meaning PSG are without both first-choice full-backs.

PSG projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Donnarumma (GK) — Mukiele, Ramos, Marquinhos, Bernat — Fabian, Danilo, Vitinha — Neymar, Messi, Mbappe.

PSG subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

World Cup standout Sofiane Boufal, who leads the team in goal contributions this season, is still absent after World Cup duty and has yet to return to the club. There are rumors he’s using an extended absence to force his way out after his impressive display in Qatar.

Starting goalkeeper Yahia Fofana has been missing since picking up a knee injury in mid-November, while defender Ibrahim Amadou is also sidelined long-term with a calf problem.

Angers projected starting lineup (4-4-2): Bernardoni (GK) — Valery, Blazic, Hountondji, Doumbia — Melali, Bentaleb, Mendy, Capelle — Salama, Hunou.

Angers subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

How to watch PSG vs Angers

  Date Time TV channel Streaming
USA Wed, Jan. 11 15:00 ET beIN Sports, beIN Espanol fuboTV, beIN Connect
UK Wed, Jan. 11 20:00 GMT BT Sport 2 BT Sport site/app
Australia Thu, Jan. 12 07:00 AEST beIN Sport 3 beIN Connect, Kayo Sports
Canada Wed, Jan. 11 15:00 ET beIN Sports, beIN Sports Espanol fuboTV, beIN Connect
India Thu, Jan. 12 01:30 IST  — Sports18, Voot Select
New Zealand Thu, Jan. 12 09:00 NZST  — beIN Connect
Malaysia Thu, Jan. 12 04:00 MT beIN Sports beIN Connect
Singapore Thu, Jan. 12 04:00 SST beIN Sports beIN Connect, StarHub TV+
Hong Kong Thu, Jan. 12 04:00 HKST beIN Sports 2 beIN Connect, Now Player

UK: Wednesday’s match between PSG and Angers from Parc des Princes in Paris will be broadcast in the United Kingdom by BT Sport, with streaming also available.

USA: Ligue 1 is broadcast all season long in the United States by beIN Sports, which is available to stream via fuboTV.

Canada: Ligue 1 is broadcast all season long in Canada by beIN Sports, which is available to stream via fuboTV.

Australia: Ligue 1 is broadcast all season long in Australia by beIN Sports, with this particular match available on both television and online streaming.

PSG vs Angers betting odds & lines

Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Neds (Australia).

PSG understandably are enormous favorites as the league leaders and Champions League contenders take on last-place Angers.

In addition, the total goals over is inflated to 3.5, and even higher in some places, with PSG expected to score in droves as Lionel Messi and Neymar return to the lineup. Interestingly, however, Angers are thought to be a good bet to score themselves, as the PSG defensive unit struggles with injuries.

  BetMGM Sports
Interaction
SkyBet Neds
PSG win -750 1.13 1/9 1.13
Draw +825 8.35 17/2 8.50
Angers win +1800 15.00 18/1 15.00
Both teams
to score Y / N
-110 / -130 1.82 / 1.79 10/11, 4/5 1.87 / 1.83
Over / Under
3.5 goals
-145 / +105 1.71 / 2.11 4/6, 11/10 1.67 / 2.05
PSG -2.5 -115 1.98
Angers +2.5 -125 1.80

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