Ligue 1: PSG to start French title defence at home to Metz


Paris Saint-Germain will begin the defence of their Ligue 1 title at home to Metz after the French Professional Football League (LFP) announced the schedule for the 2020/21 top flight.

The first round of Ligue 1 matches will take place on the weekend of 22-23 August, with the season set to conclude on 23 May next year.

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Thomas Tuchel’s team will then visit newly-promoted Lens on the weekend of August 29 and 30.

However, the Metz match will have to be rearranged if Paris make it to the final of the Champions League, which is scheduled to go ahead in Lisbon on August 23.

PSG have qualified for the final eight of the competition to be staged in the Portuguese capital and will find out on Friday who their opponents will be in the quarter-finals between August 12 and 15.

Lyon are also still alive in the Champions League, although they must still play the second leg of their last-16 tie against Juventus having won 1-0 at home in the first leg in February.

The seven-time champions, who were a disappointing seventh when last season was suspended, are due to begin their season at Montpellier. Lyon will visit PSG in mid-December and will host the capital side in late March.

Back in the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2013, Andre Villas-Boas’s Marseille will begin their season at home to Saint-Etienne.

Rennes, whose third-place finish was their best ever, will go to Lille on the opening weekend.

The Brittany side are due to go into the Champions League third qualifying round in mid-September, although they could still be parachuted into the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition depending on who wins the Europa League in August.

Despite the early end to the last league season in France, the two domestic cup finals, postponed in April, will still go ahead.

PSG will face Saint-Etienne in the French Cup final on July 24, and the capital club will then take on Lyon in what will be the last ever French League Cup final on July 31.

2020/21 Ligue 1: opening weekend fixtures in full:

Lorient vs Strasbourg
Nimes vs Brest
Dijon vs Angers
Bordeaux vs Nantes
Monaco vs Reims
Montpellier vs Lyon
Nice vs Lens
Lille vs Rennes
Marseille vs Saint-Étienne
PSG vs Metz