Amiens v PSG – Stade de la Licorne at 19:45 Live at BT Sport
PSG head coach Unai Emery told his players that he was leaving at the end of the season just hours before the Ligue 1 champions traveled to Guingamp last week. Nevertheless, the Spaniard insisted his side would end his tenure on a high, with a Coupe de la Ligue final still to look forward to
However, Guingamp had other ideas and appeared to relish the opportunity to capture Les Parisians napping in the capital. PSG was under the cosh for large swathes of the first-half and having already rattled the woodwork and seen a ball cleared off the line, Ludovic Blas broke the deadlock.
Les Rouges-et-Blue were rattled and even after the interval, the French giants looked out of sorts. Veteran Jimmy Briand made PSG pay when extending Guingamp’s advantage although the goalscorer went from hero to villain for the Bretons when giving away a penalty, allowing Emery’s men a route back.
The table-toppers would also have the final say with second-half substitutes Javier Pastore and Thomas Meunier combining to set up Edison Cavani’s second of the night and his record-setting 115th goal for the Ligue 1 winners as they fairly undeservedly scraped a point.
Amiens an awkward proposition
Having been thrashed by PSG and Guingamp in recent weeks, Monaco knew they weren’t going to be given an easy ride by Amiens last time out. The newly-promoted club has all but secured survival based on a miserly defense and superbly organized game-plan under the stewardship of Christophe Pelissier.
Les Licornes reduced attack-minded Monaco to a solitary shot on-target as they became the first side to stop the Principality club from scoring in 54 home league outings. Amiens could even have won it in the second-half, only for Gael Kakuta’s effort to be touched onto the post.
Had Kakuta’s strike been successful, Amiens would have secured a fourth Ligue 1 victory in five and with only two defeats since Valentine’s Day, Les Licornes are enjoying an excellent end to their debut campaign in France’s top-flight.
Underdogs can keep things competitive
Amiens has taken top honors in their last two Stade de la Licorne dates and the hosts have a good record of keeping the top teams in-check here. Pelissier’s outfit has already held Monaco to a draw and lost by one-goal to Lyon here earlier in the season so they’ll expect to keep this contest competitive.
PSG appears to be sauntering to the end of the campaign as – bar a shock 7-1 demolition job of Monaco – the champions have only won by more than a solitary strike once in their previous five, and twice in eight games as guests despite traveling to three bottom-four clubs.
With that in mind, the 1.95 on Amiens with a +1.5 Asian Handicap start appeals.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: 1.50 at 1.961
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