PSG & Lyon will take on each other in the French Super Cup in Montreal, Canada this year as this match looks to expand the visibility of the French Ligue 1 across international borders.
French Super Cup
PSG Over 1.5 goals v Lyon @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 3 points
PSG led by Zlatan Ibrahimovic come into this fixture against Lyon looking to kick off the season in a guns blazing fashion especially after wins in the pre-season tournaments against some really strong teams including Manchester United, Chelsea, Fiorentina & Benfica. This super strong preparation where they won the tournament as well as getting most of their players into form and scoring; will surely stand them in good stead kick off into the new season.
The front line of PSG particularly is expected to be Ibrahimovic, Lucas and Cavani; which is surely a super quality one for Blanc’s men. He also has a strong midfield with the likes of Matuidi, Veratti and Motta who have held their own for most of last campaign that saw Cabaye barely get any chances, and has moved on as a result. Defensively PSG will rely on Luiz, Silva, Digne and Aurier to provide them cover at the back. PSG will also look to the development of their youth player Augustin who has made the jump to the first team netting 5 goals in 3 games during pre-season to give him some confidence coming to the new league season and will definitely look to prove a point in this game. The fluidity which saw PSG score 2 goals in every game except the Chelsea game, will surely give them confidence to continue dominating the French Ligue for the up-coming campaign.
Lyon had a very poor pre-season coming into this fixture getting smashed by Arsenal 6-0 and Villareal by a score of 2-0; which will not bode any confidence for them defensively as they head into the new campaign, while also facing fixtures in the UEFA Champions League this campaign. In addition to Arsenal and Villareal, they also lost to Sion and PSV while only managing 1 result against Milan through the campaign. Their defensive lineup of Jallet, Kone, Umtiti, Bedimo; showed us many times last season, in games where they were favourites; they could easily be upset for pure lack of concentration.
With the current crop of players at PSG an the form they are playing in, I expect them to smash 2 goals past Lyon in this game.