Champions League Match Preview: Anderlecht vs. Paris Saint-Germain

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Updated: October 18, 2013
Anderlecht

Match Date: 23 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels

 

Anderlecht

Anderlecht’s relative decline in the Belgian top-tier football (from the highest spot last season down to fifth place this term) was ‘brought’ to the Group stage of the Champions League. Losing in two matches and earning virtually no goals, the side inevitably went sour in the rankings and dipped to the group table’s bottom. The side are losing a good grip of their momentum, maligned by the allegedly deteriorating mentorship skills of team boss, John van den Brom. Of the past five Champions League home matches Paars-wit have engaged in, only two resulted in positive finish. This season alone, the squad have already conceded five goals, which is indicative of their powerlessness at strengthening their defense.

 

Paris Saint-Germain

Sitting comfortably at the group table’s top spot, PSG have one of the largest shares of online bookies’ dough. Earning six points from two winning matches in the Champions League Group Stage, the French club have scored seven goals and conceded only one. The figures heavily favor the Laurent Blanc-led team, and a similarly magnificent run in Ligue 1 are furthering the lads’ determination to perform even better. Remarkably, Les Rouge-et-Bleu remain undefeated with 12 matches (in all competitions, home and away) running.

 

Champions League betting tip: This would be the second time Anderlecht and Paris Saint-Germain face off in a fixture. The last time they have battled out (club friendly) was already more than two years ago, when both sides scored one goal each and held one another to a draw. This time around, based upon the clubs’ current forms, a winner is likely to be unveiled by the end of the tourney. The French players would go back to their home bringing the silverware.

 

Anderlecht | Image source: zimbio.com