Troyes vs PSGFrench Ligue 1, KO: 20:00 Aug 7, 2021, Stade de l'Aube
PSG begin their quest to reclaim the French Ligue 1 title with a trip to the Stade de l'Aube to face newly promoted Troyes. The visitors should be too strong for their hosts and are expected to claim a comfortable victory.
Troyes played out a 1-1 draw against Bordeaux in their final preseason fixture. They struck first through Florian Tardieu but were unable to hold on and were pegged back by the visitors.
Manager Laurent Batlles could not have asked for a tougher start to life in the French top flight than a clash giants PSG. They did not have the best preseason, claiming just one win from six warm up matches.
Troyes head into Saturday’s season opener with two defeats from their last three matches. Their biggest defeat was a 3-0 loss to Ligue 1 team Angers, which could be a pointer to what might be a difficult season for them.
PSG travel to Troyes off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Lille in the Trophee des Champions on Sunday. They fell behind in the first half and despite dominating the possession and creating several scoring opportunities, could not find a way back into the contest.
PSG had a disappointing campaign last term and were pipped to the title by Lille on the final day of the season. Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to make a fast start this term and lay down a marker for the new season.
The defeat against Lille was the first in six matches for PSG, who impressed in preseason. With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe set to return after missing the Trophee des Champions, the Parisians will be confident of easing past Troyes.
How the bookies view it
PSG should have too much quality for Troyes and should ease to a comfortable victory.
Head to head
PSG have a fine record in this fixture with 13 wins and just two defeats from 19 previous matches. There have been four draws between both teams while the most recent meeting was a 2-0 victory for PSG during the 2017/18 Ligue 1 season.
Players to watch
PSG are likely to be boosted by the return of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who were two of their standout players last season. Neymar is priced at 5/6 to score anytime by Unibet, who are also offering 4/6 on Kylian Mbappe in the same market.
PSG have not conceded in their last three matches against Troyes and will be targeting a similar outcome on Saturday. With Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos all in contention to feature, they can keep another clean sheet at 10/11 with Sporting Index.
Anything else catch the eye?
The visitors can be tipped to win both halves at 83/50 with Sporting Index. They have scored three or more goals in four of their last six away matches in Ligue 1 and could be set for a repeat at 11/10 with Skybet.
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