It hasn’t been the start to the season that Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain would have been hoping for, but they are starting to find their way towards the summit and will fancy their chances against mid-table Strasbourg.

By their own lofty standards, PSG have been slow from the blocks, but Luis Enrique would have been pleased with what he saw in a 3-1 away win at Rennes before the international break.

Strasbourg, meanwhile, went into that break off the back of successive home league defeats and head for the Parc des Princes with just one win in their last five and a poor record in this fixture.

 

PSG vs Strasbourg Prediction

  • PSG to win both halves @ 13/10
  • Kylian Mbappe to score two or more goals @ 5/2

Team News 

Teenager Warren Zaire-Emery started three of PSG’s last four games in all competitions and is becoming a key contributor, but he went off at half-time in France’s U21 demolition of Cyprus and is a doubt for this game.

If he does indeed miss out, Fabian Ruiz will be hoping to get the nod to start in midfield.

Enrique will be without the quartet of Ousmane Dembele, Achraf Hakimi, Layvin Kurzawa and Randal Kolo Muani as they all serve one-game bans following an altercation with Marseille fans last month.

Nuno Mendes and Marco Asensio are both out injured, ensuring the PSG boss is going to have to shuffle his pack.

Strasbourg boss Patrick Vieira will be without Emanuel Emegha due to a muscle strain, as well as Polish full-back Karol Fila, who is recovering from an ACL injury.

Match Odds

Paris Saint-Germain are expected to collect all three points and are 2/9 for a home win. This trip to the French capital looks a tall order for Strasbourg and they are 11/1 to emerge victorious. The draw is priced at 11/2.

PSG meanwhile have won back-to-back home league games without conceding a goal and they are EVS to repeat the feat now. The home side are 8/13 with a one-goal handicap against them.

PSG to win both halves @ 13/10

It certainly hasn’t been the start to the season PSG would have wanted but Luis Enrique’s side are starting to find their stride.

They were hit by a tidal wave of emotion in the Champions League loss at Newcastle United at the start of this month, but responded to that with a positive performance in their 3-1 win away at Rennes before the break for internationals.

In their previous home game they were too strong for Marseille, running out 4-0 winners with a couple of goals in each half in a game in which the visitors didn’t get a shot on target.

Strasbourg suffered losses against Lens and Nantes at home prior to the break and lost a friendly 3-0 at Karlsruher last week, even managing to get a red card in that contest.

Their away form in Ligue 1 isn’t inspiring. They lost their first two at Monaco and Nice without scoring and the 1-0 derby win at Metz last time was a game that lacked quality.

For all that PSG have struggled a bit, this remains a daunting trip for any Ligue 1 side and Strasbourg have lost 13 of their last 14 games at PSG. The home side can continue their domestic upturn by winning both halves.

Kylian Mbappe to score two or more goals @ 5/2

A Paris Saint-Germain player has netted a brace in each of their last three home games in Ligue 1 and, not surprisingly, Kylian Mbappe has been responsible on two occasions, hitting doubles against Lens and Nice early in the campaign.

Mbappe was at the double again as France sealed Euro 2024 qualification with a 2-1 win over the Netherlands and he also netted in the friendly win over Scotland since.

All told, the 24-year-old has scored two goals in four games since late August and he could do it again with Saturday’s visitors low on confidence. 

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