PSG missed a couple of regulars in the 1st round away at Reims: Maxwell, Matuidi, Lavezzi, David Luiz and Cabaye, all of them rested. Still, that should be no excuse for only drawing 2-2 and even being 2-1 down at half time.
With all the mentioned players returning to the lineup PSG should be more stable in defense, more confident in midfield and have more speed upfront.
Although he scores, Ibrahimovic sometimes takes things too lightly, even misses penalties and many important actions go to waste. This happens mostly in away games, as on home ground, in-front of a packed stadium that simply adores him, he is more responsible.
Defender Thiago Silva suffered an injury in the friendly against Napoli and most likely will miss this game.
It was a miracle that Bastia managed to come back in the game after being 3-1 down in-front of Marseille with half an hour to go (finished 3-3). Much of the credit goes to Marseille’s hesitancy in the defensive phase.
Bastia’s best player, play-maker Boudebouz was not involved in any dangerous actions, furthermore it was like he was afraid of the ball and was eventually substituted around min 60. He is in poor form and this will undoubtedly affect Bastia’s performance.
Fullback Palmieri was incredibly weak and could stop opponents only by fouling them. Against PSG he will be a sure victim considering the direct opponent will be either Cavani or Lucas, players with tremendous vision, speed and ball control.
Winger Maboulou scored twice after sitting out for 2 years with a heart problem. He is a local hero now and everyone is happy for him, including yours truly, but that doesn’t make Maboulou a talented player…
PSG should have no problems in dominating this game, cornering Bastia and getting an easy and clear victory in the end. PSG -2.25 at 1.99
UPDATE: Newly arrived arrived Rodriguez and Ba are in the squad for Bastia.
PSG: Sirigu, Douchez – Aurier, Z.Camara, David Luiz, Digne, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Van der Wiel – Verratti, Pastore, Lucas, Matuidi, Chantôme, Cabaye – Bahebeck, Ongenda, Cavani, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic
Bastia: Arerola, Vincensini – Modesto, Palmieri, Peybernes, Romaric, Achilli – Gillet, Kikabidze, E-H.Ba, Vincent, Boudebouz – F.Ayité, Maboulou, Kamano, Brandao, Tallo, J.Rodriguez