Ligue 1 giants PSG begin their quest to wrestle back the title from Lille when they travel to Troyes for their season opener on Saturday night. It’s a baptism of fire for Troyes at the Stade de l’Aube, as the Ligue 2 champions return to the top flight for the first time since their relegation in 2018.
Where and when: Stade de l’Aube – 7 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Troyes vs. PSG: BT Sport
Last time: Angel Di Maria and Christopher Nkunku both scored in the second half as PSG beat Troyes 2-0 at the Stade de l’Aube the last time the clubs met in March 2018.
Troyes v PSG Predictions and Preview
Paris Saint-Germain are a wounded animal after losing their Ligue 1 crown to Lille last season. Les Rouge et Bleu are always expected to deliver the title as a minimum given their unparalleled riches, with Mauricio Pochettino in acute need of a good start in order to keep the wolves from the door.
The PSG coach can’t afford to let any sort of rot set in during the early weeks of the campaign, especially given the additions to his already star-studded squad. Italy’s Euro 2020-winning goalkeeper and Player of the Tournament Gianluigi Donnarumma has joined on a free, while big money has been spent on Achraf Hakimi.
A huge amount of experience has been added in the shape of Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos, while Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum completes a stunning treble of free transfers for the Parisians. Given their squad already contained the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos and Neymar, it was a real shock they were beaten to the title by a point last season.
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No mistakes are expected this weekend, with the visitors the 3/10 favourites to begin their campaign with three points. The home team are 11/1 with William Hill in these Troyes v PSG predictions, as they look to reintroduce themselves to the top tier with a bang.
Laurent Batlles’ side eased to the Ligue 2 title last term, finishing five points clear of second-placed Clermont Foot. There have been some new arrivals in the form of Mama Balde, Renaud Ripart and Rominigue Kouame, as well as exciting 18-year-old midfielder Metinho.
However, Troyes haven’t had much luck against PSG over recent years. The Parisians are unbeaten in this fixture in nearly two decades, winning 12 of their 14 meetings since then. PSG are on a seven-match winning run against Troyes, scoring 24 goals and conceding only two at the other end.
Given the disparity in quality between the sides and their recent head-to-head record, a draw would represent an excellent result for Troyes. If you think they can get one, it’s priced at 5/1 in this Troyes v PSG preview.
One to watch for Troyes: Big things are expected of Metinho, who will begin his career in European football against one of the continent’s best teams should he feature on Saturday. All eyes will be on the Congo-born Brazilian, and he is 11/1 to set tongues wagging by registering in the anytime scorer market.
One to watch for PSG: Kylian Mbappe may have suffered some summer trauma in missing a decisive penalty for France at Euro 2020, but the 22-year-old is still one of the finest players on the global stage. Mbappe was the Ligue 1 top scorer last season with 27 goals in 31 appearances, and he is 14/5 to open his account by breaking the deadlock here.
Long shot: PSG have scored an average of 3.4 goals per game in their last seven matches against Troyes, conceding an average of 0.3 at the other end. A 3-0 away victory is 15/2 in these Troyes v PSG tips, rising to 29/1 with Mbappe scoring first.