Mauricio Pochettino’s boys will want to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League as Paris Saint-Germain travels to play St. Etienne on Sunday in Ligue 1. Our sportsbook is offering a great number of props for this matchup.
PSG Can Do Better
The French giants are still working to be at full capacity. Yes, they are comfortably leading the Ligue 1 standings and they also qualified in the Champions League knockout stages, but they still need to sort out their issues and find the correct balance.
Despite playing on the road, they enter this clash as huge favorites at -300 on the three-way moneyline with the latest soccer odds. They are sitting 11 points clear at the top of the table and nobody has the power to even get close and add some pressure on them. They dropped points in just two domestic league games, winning 12 in 14 fixtures and scoring 32 goals in the process.
They are in full control in the French top-flight league, but they have yet to get going this season, with injuries denying them a full-strength squad. The clash against the Citizens from the midweek’s UCL action was just the seventh match in which their deadly trio (Leo Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe) started together.
They were without two key midfielders against City as Marco Verratti and Georginio Wijnaldum were ruled out. They are both expected to be fully fit and ready to face St. Etienne.
It’s crazy to watch a team with such amazing firepower having a defensive approach. It happened on both occasions against Manchester City in the UCL group stages. That will definitely change against weaker opponents like St. Etienne.
Their main objective is to lift the UCL trophy but also restore Ligue 1 dominance. The team has great potential, so maybe it’s Pochettino’s fault. There’s no chemistry inside the team, there’s no strategy and they look to be clueless about how to play collectively.
There’s no way they can compete against the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Liverpool or Chelsea if they don’t improve. They have all the needed weapons, but they lack a good manager. In their domestic league, you can always trust them to get the job done because the difference in quality between them and the rest is huge.
They don’t need to bring their A game in order to win games or cover spread. It comes naturally and that’s why we love adding them to our soccer picks and parlays.
St. Etienne: Too Many Goals Conceded
With just 12 points earned and 16 goals scored in 14 games, St. Etienne is sitting 19th in the standings, just three points above bottom-placed Metz. They earned eight of their 16 points in the previous four rounds and their only two wins of the season came in the last two rounds (against relegation-threatened Clermont and Troyes).
The top teams in Ligue 1, Strasbourg, Monaco, Marseille, Montpellier and Nice, all covered the -1½-goal spread when they played St. Etienne. Against PSG, they will be without four key injured players: Mama Balde, Karim Azamoum, Philippe Sandler and Yasser Larouci.
This season, the hosts’ main objective is to avoid relegation. Their head-to-head record against the leaders is very bad. They are winless in their previous 24 mutual encounters, losing 17 in the process. There’s no way they will pull off the upset and win point/s from this clash.
If you’re betting online, you should add them to your fading list. PSG will definitely play their best starting XI and we expect them to dominate the match and cover the -1½ spread.