Bordeaux v PSG – Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux at 19:45 live on BT Sport Extra 2
PSG started the season as white-hot 1/10 favourites – the shortest ante-post price in Ligue 1 history – as they chased a fifth successive French title under new head coach Unai Emery.
But Les Parisians’ campaign hasn’t been as comfortable as expected. With the Champions League swinging back into action next week, PSG have the unenviable task of facing Barcelona whilst also trailing upstarts Monaco by three points in domestic action.
On Tuesday night the defending champions disappointed against Lille, requiring a controversial 92nd-minute winner from Lucas Moura to stay in touch with Monaco. The result extended Les Rouge-et-Bleu’s 17-match unbeaten streak in the top-flight but it failed to mask the side’s deficiencies.
Emery changed his team’s formation but PSG required two huge slices of luck; Edinson Cavani’s 70th minute opener came off the Uruguayan’s shoulder after Anwar El Ghazi redirected a free kick into his path and Lucas’ winner was offside.
To compound the sloppy nature of Les Parisians’ performance, Lille’s leveller arrived via a horror mistake from goalkeeper Alphonse Areola who gifted Nicolas De Preville an equaliser only four minutes from time.
With the Champions League returning to the French capital on Tuesday evening, Emery may well be tempted to rest and rotate his troops for Friday night’s trip to the Matmut Atlantique. PSG are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 skirmishes with Bordeaux but Les Girondins arrive in arguably their best shape of 2016/17.
Bordeaux finding form
Sure, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s group were effectively handed maximum points in midweek when strolling to a 4-0 success at Caen but Bordeaux are now undefeated in six (W3-D3-L0) are within striking distance of fourth-placed Lyon.
Diego Rolan seized on terrible Caen defending to give Les Girondins an early lead on Tuesday night and two goals from summer signing Francois Kamano – the first of which was gift-wrapped by the hosts – helped Bordeaux cruise into an unassailable advantage. Caen failed to land a glove on Bordeaux and their first shot on target came in second-half stoppage-time.
Gourvennec’s men now return to the Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux’s base that’s seen visiting teams pinch just three victories in 12 Ligue 1 games this term. Monaco demolished Les Girondins here back in early December but the hosts have improved significantly since.
Asian Handicap angle
Bordeaux have avoid defeat in each of the past two campaigns when welcoming PSG to their south-west home and it’s hard to trust the champions at such skinny quotes considering they’ve already been beaten four times on their travels this term and kept only five shutouts away from the capital.
PSG have only scored more than twice in 12 road trips twice – at struggling Lorient and Dijon – and claimed victory by more than a solitary strike on only three occasions in Ligue 1 action under Emery.
I certainly don’t anticipate a one-sided contest and so I’m happy to support Bordeaux with a +1 start on the Asian Handicap line at 1.85, a selection that would have left us out of pocket in only four of the hosts’ past 50 home outings.
Asian Handicap Recommendedation: Bordeaux +1 at 1.85
Prices correct at time of writing.