Bordeaux 4.25 Draw 3.35 PSG 1.90 (4pm UK time)
Four days after their heroic game at Chelsea and their qualification for the Champions League quarter final, PSG are back in Ligue 1 with a tricky trip away at Bordeaux on Sunday.
The French Champions didn’t have much time to celebrate their historical result in London. They have switched their focused already to this very important league game. If they win, they will lead Ligue 1 before Marseille - Lyon later in the day and they will put pressure on the young Lyon team.
PSG are obviously on a high after Wednesday. It was an incredible result considering the scenario of the game. They did play 120 minutes, 90 of them at 10 vs 11 and they ran a lot but surely the tiredness was quickly replaced by the excitement, the pride and the joy of such a great result.
It has also surely boosted the team’s confidence and Laurent Blanc’s too as he is coming back to his former club. PSG have done well in Paris in recent years with two wins and a draw in their last three visits in Gironde.
Blanc will surely rotate his team with Lavezzi, Cabaye, Van der Wiel, Rabiot and Digne surely starting the game. Ibrahimovic will start as well after only playing 31 minute against Chelsea. It will still be a very strong team for PSG and they will look at extending their great current form of only one defeat in their last 20 games in all competitions!
The Parisians know that Bordeaux won’t defend with 11 men behind the ball. That is not their style so it will suit PSG.
Bordeaux are not super solid at home so far this season. They won seven games for four draws and two defeats and recently they have struggled in their performances in front of their supporters. Willy Sagnol, who started the season so well, is not doing as good now despite a 6th place in the table (only two points behind Monaco in 4th).
His team has only won four of its last fourteen games in all competitions. But their last defeat was only in January, in Paris in the French Cup (2-1). So the momentum is not bad. However, they still have some players missing for this massive game for them.
Diabaté is still not fit and Carrasso and Touré are two big doubts for the game as well. Bordeaux should be fresher than Paris on Sunday, however, the Parisians will feel unbeatable after their match at Chelsea and will prove too strong for the home side.
Best bet: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is favourite to score first at 4.30. My best tip is a PSG to win without conceding a goal at 3.00
Score prediction: Bordeaux 0-2 PSG 8.50
Marseille 2.05 Draw 3.40 Lyon 3.55 (8pm UK time)
This is the big clash of the weekend in Ligue 1, one of the biggest games of the season as well.
Marseille are in 3rd place in the table, only four points behind the leaders Lyon. An OM victory on Sunday evening at a rocking Stade Vélodrome would put Marseille right back at the heart of the title race.
It is a fascinating game between the best team of the first half of the season, Marseille, who were top at Christmas and the best team of the second part of the season so far, Lyon, who have taken the league by storm. In between, there is PSG who could go top before OM - OL kicks off if they beat Bordeaux earlier on Sunday.
Marseille went back to winning ways last weekend with an impressive 6-1 win away at Toulouse. After four games without a win (three draws and a defeat) and some disappointing performances, Marcelo Bielsa and his players were superb, especially in the first half.
The Argentine manager has found a way to get his team back after the bad period. He dropped Gignac who should stay on the bench again on Sunday and picked Batshuayi, who has now scored four goals in his last three league games for l’OM. Thauvin was also dropped and Ocampos and Ayew both had a great game while the return of Romao in midfield, steadied the ship a bit.
Toulouse were only 18th though so it is not the best win ever either for Marseille but there were a lot of positives and it was good for the players’ confidence. However, this is a much more difficult game. In the reverse fixture, Marseille lost at the Stade Gerland on a wonderful Gourcuff’s goal.
The league leaders at the times were dominated and were too exposed defensively. Bielsa will have to find a way to cope with the offensive power of Lyon on Sunday. And he could go back to a three man defence for that.
The Ligue 1 leaders are indeed impressive going forward as we saw against Montpellier last weekend. They were all over them, scored 5 goals but could easily have scored 10 and showed great character to come back in the game after going a goal behind.
They showed their fighting spirit and their resilience and they will have to do the same on Sunday. They will rely once again massively on their two leaders, Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette. Fekir is the revelation of the season with 11 goals and 7 assists already, in just 24 games. He is incredible and has been carried the team in the last few weeks when Lacazette was out injured. Now Lacazette is back, he is not yet where he was before the injury (21 goals in 22 league matches at the time). He is getting better fitness wise.
After not scoring in the two games after his return (Metz and Nantes), he netted a double at Montpellier to make it 23 in 25 games, which is not a bad ratio at all. However, Gourcuff is out injured and Lyon is a much better team when he is there. Bisevac is also out. The game will be really opened and I think that it will benefit Lyon. They will beat Marseille.
Best bet: André-Pierre Gignac and Alexandre Lacazette are favourite to score first at 5.10. My best tip is Lyon to win with both teams to score at 6.25. Fekir to score at 3.85 is very tempting too.
Score prediction: Marseille 1-2 Lyon 12.00
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