PSG vs Bastia
Coupe de France – Round of 32
Date: Saturday, 7th January 2017
Kick off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris.
Unai Emery and PSG have a lot on their minds, with Ligue 1 not going to plan right now and in a month’s time they will face Barcelona in the Champions League, yes this is a match that is already on the teams mind. Some say that Emery would have been sacked if they had not beaten Lorient, but the current French champions did well and if they get a good result here there should be more calm around Paris.
The Parisians were boosted lately by the arrival of German international Julian Draxler, which looks on the face of it like a good deal for the club. PSG especially being at home will start as the huge favourites to advance in the cup.
Bastia are in 14th position in Ligue 1 and would not have been happy with this draw, having said that being in the cup is not a priority for the team, Ligue 1 survival is. Still every player will be motivated to perform well in Paris, and the key will be to keep the score at 0-0 for as long as they can.
PSG vs Bastia: Head to Head Stats
The teams last played in August where PSG ran out narrow 1-0 winners away from home. In Paris have won the last 5 games scoring 10 goals in those matches. The last time they met in the Coupe de France was in 2008 where PSG won 2-1. It’s interesting to note that many of these fixtures have been close games.
PSG vs Bastia: Prediction
If PSG had a healthy lead like last season in Ligue 1 Emery would be tempted to rest some of his stars. But this is unlikely to happen, although check team news at the last minute for anyone that gets benched. PSG should have few problems here but we shouldn’t expect an easy win and the home team may make heavy weather of it.
PSG vs Bastia: Betting Tips
PSG to keep a clean sheet at 4/6 (1.67)
Half Time/Full Time: Draw/PSG at 7/2 (4.50).