Paris St. Germain vs Strasbourg Preview 14/08/2021

Saturday night brings us action from the French domestic top flight and a Ligue 1 clash between PSG and Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes where a certain Lionel Messi is expected to line up for the first time in PSG colours following his free transfer from Barcelona.

PSG finished runners-up and just one point behind last season’s title-winners, Lille, but the Paris outfit are now fully expected to regain their Ligue 1 crown this season especially with the arrival of Messi, who will link up with the likes of Neymar.

First steps and first training at the Ooredoo Center! ✔#PSGxMESSI

— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 12, 2021

Mbappe in what promises to be a potent attacking threat for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

However, PSG will also now be under even greater pressure to perform and last week’s season-opener saw the Paris hosts labour to an eventual 2-1 win away from home at Troyes after being a goal down.

Seven wins from their last eight matches overall in Ligue 1 though should give PSG the necessary momentum to make it two wins from two this season, and having recorded 13 home wins last term from their 19 matches at home, the hosts look set for further success here.

Strasbourg will be the first team in Ligue 1 to come up against a Messi-inspired PSG outfit in this French top flight season.

Having suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Angers in last weekend’s season-opener, the visitors may well be bracing themselves prior to this trip to the Parc des Princes.

Overall results in recent times have also seen Strasbourg struggle for wins as the visitors have managed to win just two out of their last 14 matches in all competitions, while last season they finished in the bottom half of Ligue 1 in 15th place and just two points above third from bottom Nantes and the relegation play-off spot.

Strasbourg actually performed better on the road than at home last term and finished the season being unbeaten in their last four matches on their travels which included wins at Bordeaux and Nice but they were dealt a heavy 4-0 loss at PSG in their last visit to Paris.

11 of PSG’s 13 home wins last season also resulted in over 2.5 goals being scored as well, so a home win and a few goals looks likely this Saturday.

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