Very balanced game between PSG and Lille last week but keep in mind PSG played in 10 for about 1 hour. Winning 1-0 in these conditions is an excellent performance.
It can only get better for PSG since pretty soon Ibrahimovic should return from injury and also Angel Di Maria arrived from Manchester United. They have a real super squad now and reaching the later stages of Champions League shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Ibrahimovic missed all training session this week and most likely will sit out this round as well.
There is no doubt this game will have only one direction but it won’t be that easy for PSG to open up a team that defends with all players. No matter how skilled you are, there aren’t any open spaces when the opponent defends with 11 players, because that’s what Ajaccio will be doing.
PSG will miss midfielder Rabiot who got a red card last round.
Ajaccio had a great chance to win away at Troyes last week but they had to be satisfied with a draw after missing a penalty (finished 0-0). Even so, a draw was a great result for a team that had only 1 shot on target and didn’t feel very comfortable leaving the own half.
Although this is only 2nd round this game will be a like Champions League final for the small team of Gazelec Ajaccio.
Ajaccio will welcome back defender Filippi after suspension.
Sunday evening games always attract a huge audience, especially if one of the teams is called PSG. Ajaccio will mobilize all forces in defense and will make great efforts to keep the sheet clean. Even if they will concede one or two goals guests will keep concentrating on the defensive phase. There will be no reason for PSG to push beyond boundaries, they will still get the 3 points with a minimum advantage, Ajaccio will remain with their confidence intact and everyone will be happy. Ajaccio +2.25 at 2.04
UPDATE: Newly arrived Di Maria is not in the squad, same as Ibrahimovic and defender Marquinhos.
PSG: Sirigu, Trapp – Aurier, David Luiz, Kimpembe, Maxwell, Sabaly, Thiago Silva, Van der Wiel – Verratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Stambouli, Pastore, Lucas – Lavezzi, Cavani, Augustin
Ajaccio: Maury, Goda – Coeff, Filippi, Martinez, Sylla, Casanova – Ducourtioux, Youga, Larbi, Le Moigne, Poggi, Djokovic – Tshibumbu, Boutaïb, Zoua, Pujol, Mayi