PSG will be looking to add to their trophy cabinet another title when they confront cross-city rivals, Bordeaux at Libreville’s Stade d’Angondje, Gabon, to determine who wins this year’s Trophee des Champions in their first competitive game under Laurent Blanc.
Les Girondins secured the slot to play in this cup game by virtue of their hard fought victory over Evian in the Coupe de France final played in May.
Paris Saint Germain are overwhelming favorites to win this encounter to be staged on African soil. Ladbrokes are offering odds of 8/15 (1.53) to cage Bordeaux. Anyway, Ladbrokes choice could be informed as a result of the fact Les Parisiens new manger, Blanc, won this trophy twice during his days at the Stade Chaban Delmas.
Although Bordeaux will re-unite with their former handler who led them to victory in the same contest years back - though as opponents, their main aim will be to stun the current Ligue 1 title holders. They can be backed at 11/2 (6.50) with Ladbrokes to win after 90 minutes. You can get odds of 14/5 (3.80) on another stalemate forcing this encounter to head towards penalties for the sixth time in 10 years.
Bordeaux have not beaten the Parisians in their last four encounters and should they dream of winning the diadem, then coach Frank Gillot must psyche his men to fire on all cylinders in Gabon.
They are likely to miss the services of last season’s injured top scorer Cheick Diabate who is out through injury, while the likes of Julien Faubert, Diego Rolan and Henrique are unavailable for selection.
On the other side, coach Blanc has left out new signings, Edison Cavani and Marquinhos from the PSG squad that will file out on Saturday, while winger Jeremy Menez is still out injured.
In the absence of Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been tipped by Ladbrokes to get the curtain raiser at a shot of 10/3 (4.33) while Ezequiel Lavezzi has been tabled down at 6/1 (7.00) to open the flood gate of goals.
Punters seeking for a value bet, should back a total goals under 3.5 at 9/4 (3.25).