Ligue 1 Match Preview: Reims vs. PSG

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Updated: August 5, 2014
PSG 2014

Match Date: 08 August 2014 (local)

Match venue: Stade Auguste-Delaune II

(Featured image: PSG | Source: goal.com)

 

The first fixture in Ligue 1 for the new season will feature the defending champions Paris Saint-Germain and last term’s 11th placers Reims. The sides’ last two meeting have both been dominated by PSG (0-3 away, 3-0 home).

 

Reims

 

Inconsistency was Reims’ worst enemy last season. They placed in the mid-table by the tournament’s conclusion, although they actually reached higher positions in some of the match weeks. They obtained 12 victories, 12 draws, and 14 defeats overall for a total score of 48 points. They scored 44 goals from 38 appearances but conceded 52. They capped the season with back-to-back defeats from Ajaccio and Rennes.

 

Thus far, Jean-Luc Vasseur’s men have only won once in their last five matches. A pre-season friendly against Metz only finished in a 1-1 draw. Their record at home is not that promising as they have only achieved three wins from their eight most recent home fixtures.

 

Paris Saint-Germain

 

Last season, Les Rouge-et-Bleu debuted in the tournament below expectations. They only ranked 11th on opening week and fell one spot lower in the following week. However, they soon picked up their momentum and have successfully won their matches which eventually put them atop the league table (and never left it since) as early as the 10th week. They were beaten only three times, held other clubs in a draw eight times, and earned triumphs 27 times. With total earnings of 89 points, they finished the season nine points clears of eventual runners up and fellow title chasers, Monaco.

 

PSG’s pre-season friendlies were generally impressive. Of the five non-competitive matches they engaged in this summer, they won four times. Their curtain raiser also gave them an added confidence to kick off their Ligue 1 campaign positively after they won against Guingamp in the Super Cup on weekend.

 

Online betting tip: PSG will easily dominate this round against Reims.