PSG host Nimes on the opening weekend of Ligue 1, kicking off on Sunday at 9:00pm local time. PSG walked their way towards the league championship last season, whereas Nimes held a respectable position in 9th place.

Home Team: PSG

PSG coasted towards their 2nd consecutive French League championship, and their 6th title in the last seven years. It has to be said that this was one of the most one-sided league triumphs in the history of football, and it was due to how the club from the capital started. They won every game heading into December, which was a streak of 14 matches, and didn’t lost a game until February. The title was basically secured by Christmas, and it’s fair to say their foot was let off the pedal for the remainder of the campaign.

In cup competitions, PSG were considered a failure, losing in the 2nd round of the Champions League in quite drastic circumstances to Manchester United, as well as losing in the French League Cup in an earlier round, and then losing the French Cup final. PSG have lost some faces in the summer, but a brought a whole host of players in such as Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye, Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia. The real talking point though is Neymar, and whether he’ll stay at the club, or be tempted to a move back to Barcelona. We’ll just have to wait and see on that front. Either way, PSG can be a force in all competitions.

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Away Team: Nimes

Nimes Olympique, or better known as simply Nimes were promoted to the top flight of French football last year for the first time since the 1992/1993 season. They were anticipating a dog fight to stay in the league, but manager Bernard Blaquart did an excellent job, as they were never lower than 16th position at any point, and in fact, were in the top half of the table for half of the season – where they ultimately finished. Téji Savanier, who has performed excellently for the club whilst making over 100 appearances, has sadly left the club to join Montpellier.

Other key player, Denis Bouanga, has also left as he was acquired from Saint-Etienne. Nimes themselves haven’t made any key signings just yet, but the transfer deadline in France isn’t until the end of August so there is still time. Nimes with an unbelieve 4-3 victory at Angers last year, despite being 3-1 down. Can they surpass that result with a great performance at the home of the champions?

Head to Head

As Nimes were out of the top flight for so long, the two teams have only met three times in recent years. One was a French Cup clash in 2007 which PSG won handsomely 3-0, and the other two were in the league meetings in last year’s campaign. Nimes hosted PSG in the first one which the visitors won 4-2 as late goals from Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani earned the win. In the return fixture, PSG won 3-0 with Mbappe on the scoresheet again with a double.

My Predictions and Betting Tips

PSG are overwhelming favourites at 1/10 to get a victory here, with Nimes priced at 22/1. For the sides to draw, that is at 8/1. For me, there will be no slip ups here for the hosts, and I believe they will get a comfortable 4-0 victory at 7/1. For goal scorers, I’d back a goal scoring treble, so Kylian Mbappe, Edison Cavani and Pablo Sarabia to score at 11/1.

To boost odds on a home victory, you can back PSG to win both halves at 5/6, win to nil at 4/6, or to score 5+ goals at 3/1. If you feel that PSG will be caught off-guard on the opening day, then you can back the visitors to score first at a generous 9/2, or even keep the match all square at half time at 9/4.

Finally, for the tipsters, you can bet on the visitors to score in both halves at 10/1.

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