Paris Saint-Germain v OGC Nice – Parc des Princes at 19:45 Live at BT Sport
Nice rocked up to the Parc des Princes last season and stunned their capital hosts by claiming a well-earned 2-2 draw in December. Lucien Favre’s men were the early pace-setters in France and although Les Aiglons ran out of steam, they still managed a hugely credited top-three finish.
Now Nice are struggling to live up to last season’s heights and hype. Head coach Favre is under pressure following a third successive league loss, this time at home to newly-promoted Strasbourg. Last term Les Aiglons were beaten only four times in Ligue 1; they’ve already suffered six defeats in this campaign.
Things don’t get any easier for the underperforming guests on Friday night as they travel back to Paris to take on the current runaway league leaders.
PSG in control
Monaco might have upset the odds to take the Ligue 1 title but PSG’s lavish summer spending spree – and Monaco’s outgoings –suggested Les Parisians’ name was already etched on the trophy before the 2017/18 season had even kicked-off.
Unai Emery’s charges bagged six wins on the spin to open up an early advantage and after 10 rounds of action, the table-toppers have only twice failed to record maximum points, one of which came last weekend against Marseille.
Edinson Cavani’s injury-time equalizer earned Les Parisians a point at the Stade Velodrome with local media criticising the club’s attitude in the wake of a poor performance that saw Neymar sent off. A reaction is therefore expected here.
The betting angle
PSG possess a perfect record at the Parc des Princes this term. The hosts have already plundered 19 goals in three games and recorded three clean sheets in domestic action. Such trends make Asian Handicap betting a little prohibitive but there are ways in which we can support a strong home performance.
Nice’s loss of form has been particularly uncomfortable on their travels. Les Aiglons have been beaten without scoring in three of their four away days, managing a sole strike in six hours worth of action away from their Riviera home.
With PSG shutting out 59 of their last 100 visitors in Ligue 1 action over the past five seasons, backing Nice to score Under 0.5 Goals at 2.05 holds plenty of appeal in Friday night’s curtain-raiser in France.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Nice to score Under 0.5 Goals at 2.05
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