Strasbourg Welcomes Ligue 1 Champions
Kylian Mbappe started the season by getting booed in front of his home fans vs Strasbourg in August. The same thing happened even as Paris Saint-Germain sealed a 10th Ligue 1 title last Saturday. This Strasbourg vs PSG match betting preview will cover the latest in a strange season for Mbappe, Mauricio Pochettino and PSG.
With the title already secured with four games remaining, PSG will undoubtedly be looking ahead to next season. The roster could look a lot different next year and it remains to be seen whether Mbappe will stay or go. Regardless, Strasbourg still have a lot to play for and need as many points as they can get in a bid to secure Champions League qualification.
Strasbourg vs PSG Match Betting Preview
Date/Time: Friday, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg, France
TV: beIN Sports, fuboTV
Last Five Ligue 1 meetings:
- Aug 2021: PSG 4-2 Strasbourg
- Apr 2021: Strasbourg 1-4 PSG
- Dec 2020: PSG 4-0 Strasbourg
- Sep 2019: PSG 1-0 Strasbourg
- Apr 2019: PSG 2-2 Strasbourg
PSG are unbeaten in the last 10 meetings in all competitions vs Strasbourg. It was a six-goal thriller in August as PSG, minus Lionel Messi and Neymar, took care of business at the Parc des Princes. Some of the best PSG vs Strasbourg highlights were from Mbappe, who dished out two assists and forced a Ludovic Ajorque own goal from a deflected shot.
Strasbourg’s last Ligue 1 win over PSG came almost five years ago, and they’ve been defeated by a multi-goal margin in the last three meetings.
Strasbourg Nearing European Qualification
- Ligue 1 Position: 56 pts, 6th place
- Last Five Ligue 1 Matches: L,W,D,D,W
- Injuries and Suspensions: D/M Dimitri Lienard (illness), M Jean-Eudes Aholou (groin), F Abdul Majeed Waris (back)
Julien Stéphan has done an incredible job taking this Strasbourg side from a middling Ligue 1 side to UCL contenders. Currently in sixth place after a 1-0 road loss to Lille, the Alsatian club are just three points outside of the Champions League place. So, this match means a lot more for Strasbourg than it does for PSG.
Ludovic Ajorque is Strasbourg’s leading scorer for a fourth season running. The striker from Reunion Island nodded home a header from 16 yards out when these teams met in August and will once again be a handful for PSG. However, the betting odds for Ligue 1 list Strasbourg as +215 underdogs and a loss would likely kill their chances for UCL qualification.
Strange Times for PSG
- Ligue 1 Position: 78 pts, 1st
- Last Five Ligue 1 Matches: D,W,W,W,W
- Injuries and Suspensions: M Idrissa Gueye (yellow cards), F Mauro Icardi (muscle), M Leandro Paredes (groin), F Julian Draxler (Knee), D Abdou Diallo (Groin)
Messi scored his fourth Ligue 1 goal just before many Paris-Saint Germain fans walked out in protest. It was a strange scene at the Parc des Princes as PSG secured the title with a 1-1 draw vs. Lens without the fans completely behind them. It speaks to the high expectations of the club, who were bounced out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 by Real Madrid.
What looked like a star-studded Champions League favorite in August has become a fractured and unstable team. Messi hasn’t adjusted to life in Paris as well as hoped, Mbappe has been rumored to be heading to Real Madrid all season and coach Mauricio Pochettino could be fired soon. Amid all the distractions, PSG still have four games to play.
What to Watch
It’s unclear whether any PSG starters will rest after the title has already been secured. It stands to reason that some younger players could see the field in the last few weeks of the season to gain some valuable experience.
Not many Strasbourg vs PSG match betting previews are picking Strasbourg, but this is certainly the most opportune time to go against the Ligue 1 champions. There’s no doubting Strasbourg’s motivation for this match as the onus is on them to win three points. Recent results vs PSG haven’t been pretty, but these are different circumstances from previous matches.
PSG are suffering from some of the same problems as Manchester United at the moment and the drive from the team has been often questioned. It’s doubtful that’ll change for the better with the last silverware of the season already secured.Follow us on Twitter