Defending Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain face Coupe de France holders FC Nantes in the French season curtain raiser in Tel Aviv on Sunday. The Trophee des Champions is the first piece of recognized silverware up for grabs this domestic campaign and it will be Christophe Galtier’s competitive debut as Les Parisiens’ new head coach. Former PSG boss Antoine Kombouare and his Canaris side stand in his way and Kylian Mbappe also misses out due to domestic suspension.

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Here are our storylines, how you can watch the match & more:

 

How to watch and odds

  • Date: Sunday, July 31 | Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Location: Bloomfield Stadium — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • TV: beIN Sports | Live stream: fuboTV(Try for free)
  • Odds: PSG -300; Draw +450; FCN +700 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Storylines

PSG: New signing Nordi Mukiele is in the squad for this weekend’s clash, but fellow recent arrival Hugo Ekitike will have to wait for his debut. Another summer signing, Vitinha, has been involved during preseason and should make his full debut here. With Mbappe banned, Lionel Messi and Neymar should lead the Parisien attack while homegrown youngsters Arnaud Kalimuendo and Warren Zaire-Emery have earned admiring glances during the tour of Japan.

Nantes: Star men Alban LafontLudovic Blas (who could move after this game) and Moses Simon are all in Kombouare’s traveling party while loanees Evann Guessand and Mostafa Mohamed should fill the void left by Randal Kolo Muani who left for Eintracht Frankfurt this summer. Moussa Sissoko adds experience to the group with European soccer returning to Stade de la Beaujoire for the first time since 2004. Keep an eye on 20-year-old French youth international Quentin Merlin who is the latest Maison Jaune youth academy graduate to come out of their famed Joneliere base.

 

By David

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