Clermont - PSG preview & prediction

Clermont - PSG preview & prediction

 

Clermont - PSG preview & prediction

Clermont - PSG preview & prediction

Clermont finished in 17th place in the Ligue 1 standings last season and managed to escape the relegation zone by a narrow four-point margin. The home side edged Toulouse by a 1-0 margin last week and will look to achieve a similar result in this fixture.

After taking eight points from their first four games of the season - remaining unbeaten in the process - Clermont unsurprisingly drifted to the lower echelons of the division but still managed to post memorable wins over Lille, Rennes, Marseille and Nice.

Montpellier HSC, Rodez and Toulouse have already fallen to Clermont's superiority in pre-season friendlies, and Les Lanciers kept clean sheets in all of those battles, but Lens and Grenoble Foot both got the better of Gastien's side.

Shoring up the defence has clearly been the theme for Gastien this summer, especially as his side conceded at least one goal in each of their last 10 Ligue 1 matches at home, and PSG have already stamped their authority on the French game under Christophe Galtier.

Galtier did not need the early blot of Trophee des Champions failure on his notebook as he seeks to appease the trigger-happy Parisiens board, but the former Lille and Nice boss oversaw a convincing success over Coupe de France winners Nantes during the Super Cup showdown in Israel.

Even with the suspended Kylian Mbappe helplessly watching on, Les Parisiens struck through Neymar (2), Lionel Messi and an audacious Sergio Ramos backheel - the veteran Spaniard clearly took inspiration from Lionesses hero Alessia Russo.

Winning the Trophee des Champions certainly does not guarantee one's future in the PSG hotseat, but Galtier and football advisor Luis Campos have made some astute young acquisitions this summer, as the 2020-21 Ligue 1 title winner tries to prove that he is here for the long haul.

PSG thrashed Clermont 6-1 at the Stade Gabriel-Montpeid last term and previously ran out 4-0 winners over Les Lanciers at the Parc des Princes, so the hosts' pre-season defensive resilience may count for nought on the opening day.

Value Bet: PSG to score over 1.5 goals
Possible correct score:
Clermont 0 - 3 Paris Saint-Germain

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