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Paris Saint-Germain v Saint-Etienne – an interesting match in France’s Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain quite simply have the strongest squad in France and should now also be able to compete at a European level. They recently broke the world-record for a transfer fee when getting Neymar from Barcelona. The French champions Monaco have also sold their key men so it would be a surprise if Unai Emery did not win the title this season.
The former Sevilla coach was actually quite lucky to remain in his job after finishing second. He did win two domestic trophies though, but failed in the Champions League where Barcelona knocked them out despite losing the first leg 4-0. In Thursday’s draw, PSG were drawn in a group with Bayern Munich and it will be very interesting to see which team wins Group B, and if either can go and win the competition.
So far in Ligue 1, Saint-Etienne and AS Monaco are the only other teams apart from PSG to be on nine points from three games. Although they had mixed pre-season form with their friendlies, Saint-Etienne have been surprisingly solid and are the only team to have conceded zero goals. They also beat Nice on opening weekend – their opponents finished third last season and almost qualified for the Champions League.
Paris have managed to find the net 11 times already with their Uruguayan forward Edninson Cavani and Neymar both scoring three times apiece. This means that they have a terrifying attacking frontline for defences, and there have been many rumours about Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho being added before 31st August. Any deal would weaken their main rivals whilst possibly making them of the quality to challenge for the Champions League.
Sports betting fans seeking top odds should see Tipbet.com. They have PSG as 1.10 favourites to get another three points at the top the table. It is hard to see them dropping points, though their opponents are 24.0 to claim victory or 10.05 to get a point – there are over 95 markets to choose from. Elsewhere, Monaco welcome Marseille, in what should be a fascinating encounter.
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