Trophee des Champions, Saturday July 29th, Tangier – Monaco V PSG
Monaco V PSG Text, Trophée des Champions, Saturday July 29th, Tangiers, Morocco
Today we are taking a look at one of the first big competitive fixtures of the new European football season – the Trophée des Champions, also known as the French Super Cup. The game is to be played on Saturday July 29th, in Tangiers, Morocco, and features the Ligue 1 winners from last season AS Monaco, who were of course surprise package of the European season, against the current giants of French football, Paris Saint-Germain, featuring in this game courtesy of their win the French Cup Final.
Looking at the two teams, for Monaco this summer has been all about trying to hang on to players – unsuccessfully as it turns out – whereas Paris Saint-Germain seem to be currently linked with just about every world-class player in world football as rumours abound of them smashing the existing transfer record.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim is staying at the Stade Lois II having lead the team from the Principality to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years, but sadly for Les Monégasques, the players are not seem so keen to emulate their coach, and for the money being offered by Europe’s premier clubs for their signatures, it’s not hard to see why. Already Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva have left for Manchester City, while Tiemoué Bakayoko has headed to the Premier league too, but this time for Chelsea. Valère Germain and Nabil Dirar have also moved on, but the big story is whether teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé will be joining Real Madrid in what would be a record-breaking transfer fee. That deal looks increasingly likely to happen if reports are to believed so could well rule him out of this game at the weekend, not to mention thereafter. Another player who is being heavily linked with a move is winger Thomas Lemar, with Arsenal the most frqently mooted destination. All in all, it is very hard to say which players will and won’t be featuring for Monaco in this game on Saturday.
For Paris Saint-Germain on the other hand, it will be more about who will be joining the current roster of talent they have at their disposal. With no real notable departures to report, the club have already brought in Yuri and Dani Alves ro reinforce their fullback options, but here the big story is Neymar, whose transfer, if it were to take place from Barcelona, would even eclipse the Mbappé deal to Real Madrid. Another name on the radar is Alexis Sanchez who could be joining from Arsenal in a huge-money move, so it seems Paris Saint-Germain didn’t take too kindly to being knocked from their pedestal at the top of the French game by Saturday’s opponents, while their recruitment ahead of the new season seems far from finished. Monaco have brought in a couple of new players -Youri Tielemans from Anderlecht is the most exciting of those, but is it enough to replace the players that have gone? Most would say ‘no’ at this stage, so that’s why, looking at the match betting here, PSG seem to be where the smart money will be laid.
Always a difficult marker, the form of the two teams in pre-season so far has been disappointing. Monaco have only won one of five, while PSG have drawn one and lost one. The latter actually have a game between now and this game – that is against Juventus – so it will be interesting to see which players, if any, will feature in both of those games for the Parisians.
While the line-ups for this game remain unclear, Paris Saint-Germain’s superior strength in depth is abundantly evident, and looking at the head-to-head from last season, while Monaco held the advantage in the league (clearly!) with one win and one draw, it was Paris Saint-Germain who dominated in the cup competitions – a 5-0 defeat in the French Cup semi-final and a 4-1 loss in the League Cup final make ominous food for thought for Monaco ahead of this cup game.
So certainly the advantage looks to be with the team from the capital city, while added to that, Paris Saint-Germain have won the last four of these French Super Cup finals, two of them to nil – all of this information informs sensible betting this time around.
So looking at the odds, Paris Saint-Germain to win this game are currently priced at 1.77 with Marathonbet. That’s decent value for a team who could be bringing in a number of additional star players between now and then. If you wanted to push the odds out a little bit you could go for Paris Saint-Germain to win half-time and full-time, that’s with Bwin, and would get you odds of around 2.75, which looks very good. Paris Saint-Germain to win to nil (bearing in mind they have won four consecutive French Super Cups, and two of those games to nil) could get you odds of 2.70 with bet365.
It’s good advice to stay away from the Over/Under market this time, and the Anytime Goalscorer market too. The Anytime Goalscorer market, or First Goalscorer market for that matter, well, are advisable to be missed here as at this juncture no one knows who will actually be playing in this game, the reason why a lot of bookmakers are reluctant to release those odds too early.
It’s PSG who are looking to redeem themselves, and Monaco could continue to pay the price for their incredible Ligue 1 win last season.
Paris Saint-Germain to win – 1.77 with Marathonbet
Paris Saint-Germain to win half-time and full-time – 2.75 with Bwin
Paris Saint-Germain to win to nil – 2.70 with bet365