Having missed out on the Ligue 1 title at the hands of Monaco at the end of last season, PSG are looking to start the new campaign in style with a win over Amiens. Despite much of the headline surrounding the club in recent weeks having surrounded their pursuit of Barcelona superstar Neymar Jr, attention turns to on the field matters on Saturday, with the six-time Ligue 1 winners the firm favourites for three points against the newly promoted Amiens.
PSG are often a favourite for punters around the UK, with their record at the Parc des Princes speaking for itself. Ahead of the game, let’s take a look at the two teams, as well as our top betting tip for the encounter.
Boss Unai Emery was heavily criticised during his first season in Paris, however having already beaten rivals Monaco to win the French Super Cup, PSG are many football fans’ favourites for the title. Dani Alves has joined from Barcelona to add more skill and experience to the PSG ranks, with Edison Cavani always likely to score if represented with an opportunity. PSG now have one of the best starting line-ups in the whole of Europe, with the likes of Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria potentially playing from the off against Amiens. PSG only lost one game at home last season and it would be a major shock if Amiens claimed three points on the opening weekend.
Having finished as runners-up in Ligue 2, Amiens will take part in the French top flight for the first time in their history, so it perhaps apt that they take on the most successful team in recent French history. Working with a strict budget, manager Christophe Pélissier has had to look for free transfers when it comes to adding to his playing squad, with former PSG man Mathieu Bodmer the biggest name to date. Meanwhile, former Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta returns to France following a spell in China, looking to remind the football world of his talents. Amiens have struggled throughout pre-season, losing the Nancy, Stoke City and Troyes over recent weeks.
Top Betting Tip
With odds on a PSG victory at the majority of the major bookmakers looking extremely short, simply backing a home win is unlikely to see punters win any kind of significant earnings. As a result, our betting tip is to back PSG to win both the first half and second half, which can be found at best odds of 4/9 at Ladbrokes.