PSG vs Bordeaux – LIVE Reddit Soccer 13/03/2022
PSG now only have the Ligue 1 title left to fight for this season, and an Mbappe-less side suffered a second straight league defeat on the road to Nice 1-0 last weekend, but they still boast an unassailable 13-point lead at the top of the rankings. While Pochettino has now overseen three straight defeats away from home in all competitions, PSG welcome Bordeaux to the Parc des Princes unbeaten in their last 16 top-flight home matches – winning 15 of them – and the out-of-form visitors will be wary of a wounded capital outfit.
Having suffered heartbreak in the Champions League yet again, Paris Saint-Germain resume their quest for the Ligue 1 title with Sunday’s clash against basement boys Bordeaux. The hosts crashed out of Europe 3-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid in midweek, while Les Girondins’ most recent game saw them suffer a 2-0 league defeat to Troyes. Another year, another Champions League capitulation for Paris Saint-Germain. Kylian Mbappe’s audition for an expected move to the Bernabeu certainly went according to plan with two goals over the course of the tie, but an existing Real Madrid veteran single-handedly ended PSG’s hopes of a coveted European crown.
After Mbappe had struck to put PSG 2-0 up on aggregate at the Bernabeu, Karim Benzema took full advantage of PSG’s lapses in defensive concentration to claim a phenomenal hat-trick and send the 13-time winners through to the quarter-finals at the expense of the shell-shocked Parisiens. The emotion of the occasion was too much for president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who reportedly tried to storm into the referee’s room and broke equipment after a perceived foul on Gianluigi Donnarumma for Benzema’s first goal was not given, and Mauricio Pochettino shared his superior’s frustrations after the game.
There was a time not that long ago when Bordeaux would also be competing for spots in the knockout stages of the Champions League, but amid their dire on and off-field predicament, Les Girondins are now the favourites for the drop. It was a tale of two penalties in their meeting with Troyes in gameweek 27, as Gaetan Poussin had seemingly stopped Mama Balde’s spot kick before unintentionally flicking the ball past the line with his heel, and Lebo Mothiba made no mistake from the spot in the 87th minute.
New manager David Guion is running out of time to save Bordeaux’s bacon and avoid a first league relegation for Les Girondins since 1990 – ironically also due to administrative problems – with his side sack rock bottom of the pile and three points adrift of safety. A whopping 38 goals conceded away from home also represents the worst record of its kind in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season – contributing to 65 shipped in total for a disheartened Bordeaux – but on something of a brighter note, 38 goals scored is by far the highest out of the bottom eight sides.
Les Girondins struck two of those goals in PSG earlier in the season but still slumped to a 3-2 defeat against the league leaders, and not since March 2015 have the basement side prevailed in this fixture, so they would do well to take a leaf out of Real Madrid’s book.
It has been a disastrous start to the month for Paris Saint-Germain. After falling to a narrow defeat at the hands of OGC Nice last weekend, Les Parisiens were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League in midweek by Real Madrid, thanks to Karim Benzema’s second-half hat-trick.
The two defeats are set to have major implications on the future of some of the players and even the head coach Mauricio Pochettino. But having already been eliminated from the cup competitions, the French giants will have the luxury to devote their attention to reclaiming the Ligue 1 title as they play hosts to Bordeaux on Sunday.
With a 13-point lead at the top of the table, PSG are the undisputed favourites to clinch the title this term. However, it will be a must-win game for the hosts, especially in the context of their current form that could easily lead to the exit of not only Pochettino, but also sporting director Leonardo Araujo.
PSG’s task could be made easier by a Bordeaux side currently languishing at the bottom of the Ligue 1 table. With just one win in their last ten competitive matches, Bordeaux are staring at the prospect of potential relegation, and things could get from bad to worse as they take on the league leaders this weekend.
On the flip side, Kylian Mbappe is back in contention after serving a suspension against OGC Nice. His return could see him spearheading the PSG frontline alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.
However, after a dressing room bust-up with Gianluigi Donnarumma, coupled with his poor relationship with the management, it would not be surprising to see Neymar being dropped to the bench. But that remains an unlikely scenario as Angel Di Maria has reportedly picked up a hamstring problem.
Pochettino may opt to make one more change in the side, with Idrissa Gueye coming in for Leandro Paredes. The former Everton star could add more stability in a game in which PSG are likely to dominate possession.
After getting dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid Round 8, PSG fans must be wondering why they have been so unlucky in Europe’s biggest football stage. Attention now shifts to Ligue 1 as the Parisians welcome Bordeaux for Round 28 games. Read our preview for details, tips and analysis of this game.
PSG is 13 points clear at the top. Another victory on Sunday gets further ahead of the rest. The contest looks tighter for second, third, fourth and fifth places where Nice, Marseille, Rennes and Strasbourg are neck to neck on Ligue 1 table. Our best PSG vs Bordeaux predictions are as follows:
PSG comes to this game with one worry, the inability to keep as many clean sheets as they did last season. The Parisians have now gone without a clean sheet in the last four games and only two in the last seven. On the other hand, Bordeaux have defensive challenges. This trip to Paris to face PSG comes at the worst moment when the hosts will look to vent their frustrations on a Ligue 1 team after Champions League woes. We are tipping goals on all ends in this Ligue 1 match. Note that PSG only kept one clean sheet against Bordeaux in one out of the last four matchups.
PSG is the team to watch in this game. Despite UCL woes, they come to this game with one mission-to win the league title as soon as possible. With no more major tournament to participate it, winning the first half of this game should be easy for PSG. Bordeaux is woeful defensively and will likely struggle to contain PSG’s offensive play from the start.