PSG Starts a New Title Run Against BastiaPublished August 12, 2016 by Florin P
PSG and Bastia lock horns in Ligue 1 opener (7:00 p.m UK Time).
PSG won the Super Cup against Lyon without breaking a sweat and is ready for its first victory in Ligue 1. Playing on the road shouldn’t be a big problem for the reigning champions, as they managed to win most of the games away last season. This time, they will take on Bastia, a defensive minded team with an effective backline. The hosts would be glad to kickstart their season with one point against PSG.
Seven Victories in a Row for PSG
The reigning champions are the only team at the International Champions Cup that won all three games. Their winning streak goes beyond those back-to-back victories and they are now chasing the eight consecutive win. With an average of three goals scored per match, they are well capable of defeating Bastia at home.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left the French outfit for Manchester United, but his absence went unnoticed so far. The Swedish striker will be missed in the Champions League, but PSG should be able to win most games in Ligue 1 without him. It is very important for the champions to start with a victory and they will come out guns blazing.
Frightening Track Record for Bastia
Home pitch advantage means little when you’ve lost the last four games without scoring a goal. PSG managed to score an average of three goals against them and shut them down every single time. Even without Verratti who is missing for the visitors, Bastia doesn’t stand much of a chance. Their starting formation will feature five defenders, four midfielders and a single striker.
Bastia won just two friendly games since the regular season ended and were hammered both at home and on the road. Risk-averse punters will probably settle for odds of ½ on PSG to win. Bet365 makes a tempting proposition to those who are willing to take a leap of faith with the visitors. They offer odds of 6/5 on the reigning champions to win by at least two goals.