Bastia vs PSG Betting tips, Match Predictions and Preview
Life after Zlatan Ibrahimović will be tougher for PSG, but they still have enough quality to win the French League. The Champions showed no sign of weakness in a route against Lyon last weekend and have a fantastic record against Bastia. Below is our match preview, prediction and betting tips.
Game: Bastia vs PSG
Venue: Stade Armand Cesari
Kick-off: 1900pm, Friday 12th August
It’s been 13 wins from 14 meetings with Bastia for the current French Champions, who have shown they’re still a force to be reckoned with even without Zlatan. After ruthlessly dispatching Leicester 4-0, PSG lifted the Super cup with a 4-1 win over Lyon. Such an emphatic win over the team likely to be their closest rivals for the title was telling.
Bastia have yet to play their first competitive match but they’ve struggled in pre-season. Whilst PSG were easing past West Brom, Inter, Real, Leicester and Lyon, Bastia were beaten by Ajaccio, Genoa and Eintrach Braunschweig.
Bastia aren’t a pushover domestically though, having beaten Lyon, Marseille, Reims and Bordeaux without conceding last season (at home). Away they struggle, and last season they were beaten 2-0 by PSG home and away. The reigning Champs have dominated the minnows in recent years and will hope that continues.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
PSG are 1/10 favourites to lift the title with 188Bet. Anyone got a few hundred thousand they care to wager on something that isn’t as sure a thing as when Zlatan was in the side? No thank you. Mind you, pretty good chance they still sweep away everyone in front of them.
PSG are 4/11 favourites to win this game with Bet365 and you probably can’t justify that price, really. It’s alright if you have your eye on a nice multiple this weekend, but it’s not much use on its own. I think it’s fair to predict a comfortable win for the visitors though, so don’t worry too much about the draw at 18/5 with Unibet or backing a Bastia win at best odds of 9/1 with Matchbook.
Angel Di Maria and Hatem Ben Arfa ensure there’s an added goal threat from deeper areas, so PSG shouldn’t struggle even if Cavani went down injured. And anyone that is going to break down Luiz and Silva has my admiration.
PSG kept 22 clean sheets last season, and 13 of those came on their travels. They shut out Bastia twice. 2-0 was the score line on that occasion, and six of the last seven meetings have resulted in PSG winning without conceding. I predict 2-0 is a score line that is worth backing at a price of 5/1 with Bet365, which leads us to our free betting tip of PSG -1AH at 11/17 with Bet Victor.
Edison Cavani is the focal figure of PSG this season and with the service he (and not Zlatan) will be receiving, it’s hard to imagine him not bursting in to 30+ goal territory.
He managed 25 last season whilst playing second fiddle to Ibra, so I fancy Cavani to put his marker down early with a goal in this game. Cavani to score is best odds 23/20 with Betfair.
Free Betting Tip
PSG -1AH – 11/17 with Bet Victor
Correct Score Prediction
0-2 – 5/1 with Bet365
Edison Cavani – 23/20 with Betfair