Paris Saint-Germain vs. FC Girondins Bordeaux / Ligue 1 – Out of Saturday’s matches we have picked one from the eight round of French Ligue 1, in which will meet two teams that have the same number of points at the moment; fourth-positioned PSG and fifth-placed Bordeaux. Of course, it was expected that the reigning champions will be better positioned but they were defeated two times in first seven rounds and now lag behind leading Nice for four points, while on the other hand their rivals from Bordeaux can be pleased with what they have done. Let’s add that last year both their head-to-head ended as draws. Begins: 01.10.2016 – 17:00 CET
That fact is perhaps the best warning for the home team ahead of this match against Bordeaux, and coach Emery has announced far more serious approach of his players than seven days ago when were defeated in Toulouse by 2-0. Since that was their second defeat this season in the championship it is certain that much show far more wish to win in the coming matches, just like it was three days ago in the second round of Champions League, when they won away Bulgarian Ludogorets 2-0.
True, they were first to concede a goal in that match but then Matuidi equalised 1-1, while at the beginning of the second halftime their best scorer Cavani checkmated the opposing goalkeeper for the final 3-1. Right because of that we expect that he be the motor of his team against the Girondins, especially as due to light injuries still questionable Jese and Ben Arfa. This match will skip defender Aurier due to red card, while on top of it coach Emery has announced that he will introduce several changes in the midfield, given that he wants to rest players who took the biggest burden on themselves against Ludogorets.
Probable lineups Paris Saint-Germain: Areola – Meunier, Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa – Rabiot, Krychowiak, Pastore – Lucas, Cavani, di Maria
FC Girondins Bordeaux
We have said about the guests from Bordeaux that after seven rounds of the Ligue 1 have the same number of points as the reigning champion PSG, and have made the same results of four wins, one draw and two defeats. What is especially visible in their latest matches is lot better defence so coach Gourvennec’s players have received just two goals in previous five rounds, although one of them cost them defeated at home by Angers.
On the other hand they brought home maximal six points from last two away matches; winning Lyon 3-1 and Metz 3-0, however they spoiled all that by a bit last weekend when they merely drew at home with Caen 0-0. However, we should bear in mind that couldn’t count on forward Rolan in that match due to suspension, but now he should get advantage over Laborde, while the rest of the starting line-up should stay the same like in previous round. Due to injuries still out of action are defenders Guilbert and Pundje, midfielders Toulalan and Vada, and winger Maurice-Belay.
Probable lineups FC Girondins Bordeaux: Carrasso – Sabaly, Lewczuk, Pallois, Contento – Malcom, Plasil, Sertic, Toure – Menez, Rolan
Paris Saint-Germain – FC Girondins Bordeaux PICK
Of course that the reigning champions of France are regarded as great favourites in this match, especially as they will play at home but if we have in mind that Bordeaux has received just two goals in last five matches, that is certainly the best possible suggestion to opt here for a pick with fewer goals.
Pick: under 3.5 goals
Odds: 1.58 at betsson (down to 1.55 can be played)