Ligue 1 Preview: PSG to bag third Le Championnat win from Bordeaux

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Updated: September 6, 2013
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While they remain a major and high-ranking pack, PSG are performing less spectacularly than they did last season. The defending champions have been overtaken by three other clubs, most notably by newly promoted Monaco who are now on top. On September 14 for Ligue 1’s fifth week, the side will strive to bag another win and improve their already strong ranking. They will serve as visiting challengers for the home side, Bordeaux.

 

The PSG story

PSG’s Jeremy Menez has to extend his absence in the squad due to a recurring back problem. But no need to be anxious about the deficit, the squad will still score great innings with the magnificent tandem of Edinson Cavani and Zlatan—the pair that gave Les Parisiens their best goals and assists in the season so far.  In addition, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Maxwell are just in the loop to hunt for any goal opportunities.

 

Laurent Blanc’s men kicked off their French top-level tournament rather insufficiently, drawing with Montpellier 1-1. While it was not an utter dismay, the draw result was a disappointment in that the side concluded their last season’s campaign overwhelmingly strong. The match was trailed by another draw with Ajaccio 1-1, who were almost relegated following an overall ranking at number 17. PSG have nevertheless been able to get past their warm-up stages, and bagged back-to-back victories in their 3rd and 4th stints in the season: against Nantes 2-1 and Guingamp 2-0.

 

The Bordeaux saga

Bordeaux are currently ranked in the 15th spot of the League table, an eight-bar slide from their placement last season. Midfielder Gregory Sertic is still sidelined due to an ankle strain.

 

Les Girondins’ earlier stints in Ligue 1 were marred by a weak possession of the ball and failure to convert opportunities into goals. Their defeat in the curtain raiser from Monaco 0-2 was particularly depressing, to think that the opponents just rose from the second division. This was followed by a draw 1-1 with Toulouse. Henri Saivet’s goal in the 31st minute gave Bordeaux their first victory in the season. It was the only goal scored in the clash with Bastia. The success proved to be just a pacifier, as Francis Gillot’s men had to endure a second defeat in their fourth appearance in the tournament. Saint-Étienne slammed them on a 2-1 final tally.

 

Finale football betting tips

PSG have so far conceded only three goals from four encounters, of which they obtained eight points. Bordeaux have allowed their opponents to pick up five goals, more than what they created for their won. They currently have four points to cloak their record. In addition, the sides’ last four meetings produced two winning goals for PSG, while the remaining three were draws.

 

Prediction: PSG will dominate this round 3-1.

 

 

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