Bastia vs PSG:
2016/17 French Ligue 1,
Date: Friday, 12 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:00 UK,
Venue: Stade Armand Cesari (Furiani).
The 2016/17 French Ligue 1 kick start with holders Paris Saint-Germain take the trip to SC Bastia on Friday, 12 August 2016.
Paris Saint-Germain were crowded league champions for the fourth consecutive time in 2015/16. And their dominance were clearly visible by the 31-point gap against the second placed Lyon. But the failure in Champions League promoted the management to sack Laurent Blanc and install Unai Emery as their new head-coach.
Now that their influential striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic switched alliance to Premier League side Manchester United, much of the goal scoring responsibilities rest on the shoulders on Edison Cavani. The capture of Jese from Real Madrid could provide much needed depth to an already strong squad.
SC Bastia were 10th in the standings last season. They finished each of their last three seasons in the bottom half of the table and will be looking at a vast improvement this term. Francois Ciccolini took over as head-coach in January 2016 and played a big role in helping the club to a 10th placed finish. Bastia lost just 4 of the 16 matches since he took over.
Bastia: Team News
Florian Raspentino and Thomas Vincensini are sidelined till the end of August, while teenage defender Ismael Diallo will be out for another six months.
The new signing Thievy Bifouma is set to make his debut alongside loan signings Lenny Nangis and Allan Saint-Maximin. While Enzo Crivelli and Abdelhamid El Kaoutari are two other arrivals on loans who could play some part in the game at some point.
Bastia: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Leca – Marange, Peybernes, Squillaci, Djiku – Mostefa, Cahuzac – Danic, Saint-Maxim, Nangis – Thievy.
PSG: Team News
The Parisian outfit will be without the injured Thiago Silva and Hervin Ongenda for the season opener against Bastia. The versatile defender Marquinhos is away with Brazil at the Rio Olympics 2016.
Edison Cavani is a fitness doubt and if he fails to make the cut, Ben Arfa could make his debut here.
Unai Emery is expected to hand Grzegorz Krychowiak and Thomas Meunir their debuts, while the new signing from Real Madrid, Jese is expected to start from bench.
PSG: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Trapp – Kurzawa, Kimpembe, Luiz, Mernier – Motta, Krychowiak – Di Maria, Pastore, Moura – Ben Arfa.
Bastia vs PSG: Head-to-Head Stats
- PSG are unbeaten at home against Bastia in 16 matches played between them with 14 wins and 2 draws.
- Bastia have lost in 23 of the 32 matches played against PSG, winning just 4 and drawing 5.
- Each of the two Ligue 1 matches of 2015/16 season resulted in 2-0 win for PSG.
- Bastia have won only once in the 6 league matches against PSG in the last three seasons and lost in 5 without scoring.
Bastia vs PSG: Prediction
PSG’s dominance in the French league have increased over the past two seasons and this is expected to continue in the 2016/17 season. The ended the season on a high with a 7 match unbeaten record scoring plenty of goals. Their last four home games alone produced 20 goals against 1 conceded.
Bastia have improved under Francois Ciccolini and he will be confident of doing a better job in his first full season at the club. But they are a side with a poor record against PSG regardless of the venue. They are lost expected to trouble the visiting Champions in the 2016/17 season opener.
Looking at the stats and recent form of both sides, PSG can be backed to win by keeping a clean sheet. On the other side, a handicap option of a PSG win by a goal is also worth the investment.
Bastia vs PSG: Tips
PSG to win with clean sheet @ 2.20
Handicap PSG (-1) @ 2.08
PSG to win @ 1.40