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Christophe Galtier's men begin the defence of their Coupe de la Ligue title in possibly the most difficult away ground, but our tipster expects them to run the hosts close

Holders Saint-Etienne will be looking to defend their title when they travel to Parc des Princes to take on Paris Saint-Germain in their Coupe de la Ligue last 16 tie on Wednesday.

Christophe Galtier’s men lifted the trophy for the first time in their history with a 1-0 victory over Rennes in last season’s final but are 15/2 (8.50) outsiders with bet365 to maintain the defence of their title with victory in the capital.

Unbeaten in 29 home games in all competitions, les Parisiens are clear 2/5 (1.40) favourites to secure a first victory over these opponents in five encounters.

Each of the last three meetings have resulted in a draw and you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on the sides remaining tied after 90 minutes this evening, just as they were when they met in this competition last season.

Despite their hosts’ daunting home record, Galtier insists that his side are not just going to the capital 'to do their Christmas shopping' and this confidence is fully justified given his team’s recent record against the French champions.

The visitors are one of only two Ligue 1 clubs to have collected all three points in Paris within the past two years after a 2-1 victory last November and have remained unbeaten in each of the last three encounters since.

In fact, les Verts looked on course to inflict their opponents’ first defeat of this campaign after taking a two-goal lead at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard back in October, before having a man sent off and eventually settling for a draw.

With Laurent Blanc set to name a reshuffled line-up due a combination of injuries and squad rotation, Saint-Etienne will be confident of causing their affluent hosts some problems and odds of 4/5 (1.80) are definitely worth the investment on both sides to score.

That bet would have paid out in three of the last four meetings between these teams and looks safe considering the visitors have failed to score just once in their last 14 matches, while PSG have hit the back of the net in each of their last 24 games on home soil.

Brandao’s love affair with this competition has seen him score nine goals in 13 Coupe de la Ligue ties, including the winner in last season’s final, so it is well worth backing the Brazilian striker to get on the scoresheet at the Parc des Princes, at odds of 3/1 (4.00).

Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365
Brandao to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 3/1 (4.00) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.