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Prediction: PSG vs Nice

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Ligue 1 29 Sep 2022

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Verdict: PSG win to nil

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to mark their return from the international break with another statement, PSG will welcome Nice to the Parc des Princes on Saturday night.

PSG

Starting with the hosts, managing to reclaim their Ligue 1 title last season, PSG have once again opened the 2022/23 campaign with another real flurry in the French capital. Last seen heading into the international break with a 1-0 victory away at Lyon, it is no secret that Christophe Galtier’s men are tipped as a landslide pick to defend their domestic crown. Marking their return to action on Saturday night holding a two-point buffer over the chasing pack, the ex-Nice boss has continued to gain a string of plaudits since arriving at the Parc des Princes this summer. Along with opening this year’s Champions League adventure with back-to-back victories against Maccabi Haifa and Italian giants Juventus, PSG should be smelling the chance to lay down another marker here. With their superstar attacking trio continuing on their own remarkable free-scoring start to the new campaign, Galtier’s high-flying squad have mustered 22 points from their first eight Ligue 1 matchups.

Team News

Racking up 19 domestic strikes between them so far this season, the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will spearhead PSG’s charge here.

Likewise, forming an eye-catching partnership, Sergio Ramos should once again start alongside Marquinhos on Saturday night.

Nice

As for the visitors, while Nice might have impressed many across France last season as they clinched a European return, it is fair to say that the Eaglets have failed to keep up that momentum this time around. Last seen heading into the international break with a toothless display as they were hit with a 1-0 loss at home against Angers, it appears there is growing pressure on Lucien Favre’s shoulders. Picking up just a single win from any of their last five matchups across all formats, fans around the Allianz Riviera also have a growing headache over their sides extended problems in the final third. It should be highlighted, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has seen his side bag more than a single strike in just one of their opening eight domestic contests. Although Nice might have stunned the defending Ligue 1 champions back on March 5th as they picked up a 1-0 victory on home soil, there is no doubt that Saturday’s guests face a huge task in the capital.

Team News

Shown a straight red card in Nice’s 1-0 loss against Angers prior to the international break, Saturday’s guests will be without Jean-Clair Todibo here.

Notching four goals so far this season, Andy Delort should be joined in attack by Andy Delort on Saturday night.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off on March 5th, Nice picked up a shock 1-0 victory at the Allianz Riviera.
    • However, Saturday’s guests have managed to win just one of their previous five matchups across all formats.
    • PSG have collected 22 points from their opening eight Ligue 1 appearances so far this season.
    • The attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have racked up 19 domestic strikes between them.
    • PSG are unbeaten in each of their last 25 straight Ligue 1 matchups at the Parc des Princes, a run that stems back to April 2021.

    Conclusion

    Heading into the international break with a 1-0 win away at Lyon, PSG have only continued on a rampant start to the 2022/23 campaign. Already mustering 22 points from their opening eight Ligue 1 matchups, the French will simply be looking to mark their return to action with another statement on Saturday night. Tipped as a landslide pick to defend their domestic crown this season, Galtier’s side will be looking to cash in on a Nice squad who have shown a string of inconstancies. Managing to pick up just a single victory from any of their last five appearances across all competitions, Saturday’s guests will know they face a huge challenge here. Despite picking up a 1-0 win when they last welcomed PSG to the Allianz Riviera, it is hard to see anything other than a routine home victory for the defending champions.

    Verdict: PSG win to nil

    Best Odds: 21/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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