Strasbourg vs PSG: Bet Preview

A 2-1 win away to Auxerre effectively secured yet another title for PSG, but it has clearly been a season riddled with disappointment. Neymar looks set for another blockbuster move.

Lionel Messi could be on the way out. The club is dysfunctional, and the team is unbalanced. Talent alone has powered them to becoming champions, and they are inevitably huge Ligue 1 betting favourites for the trip to Strasbourg.

Strasbourg need a lone point to confirm their topflight status. Realistically, they are already safe, owing to an excellent goal difference.

Speaking after the victory over Auxerre, Marquinhos discussed what has been an eventful season for PSG.

"I think we have a hand on the trophy already, we just lack mathematically that we are champions.

"We will finish that in the next match. We have to focus on our work to be done. It's almost done, mathematically not yet, but it's nearly done. 

"It's not PSG's best season, but it's a good season. It's always important to win the title of champion of France. I know how it hurts when you don't win the title of champion of France.

"We will keep this title of champion of France which we will seek in the next match, so that we can finish this season well and for it to be a good season."

The Brazilian also cited how PSG were ‘unable to maintain’ their level after the World Cup. The players clearly felt the drop off, just as fans and pundits have noticed their standards fluctuating.

Kylian Mbappe continues to fight off Alexandre Lacazette in the race to finish top scorer. The Frenchman is a good bet at 8/11.

We would also consider backing Strasbourg to win or draw at 6/5 – the hosts have only lost two of their last seven at home.

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PSG Club History

PSG haven’t always been favourites in Ligue 1 odds. Founded as recently as 1970, the club from the capital was an ambitious venture from two businessmen.

Upon receiving advice from Real Madrid president Santiago Bernabeu, they crowd-funded to get the club up and running, and it became the first French team ever to have fans contribute to the start-up finances.

The early years were blighted by financial struggle and inconsistent performance on the pitch.

Naturally, a new team in Paris attracted a lot of interest from investors and fans alike, and they became more competitive in the 1980s, ultimately winning their first league title under the leadership of Gerard Houllier in 1985-86.

Difficult seasons followed, however, before the club again became a force to be reckoned with in the 1990s after being bought by TV network Canal+.

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Investment into the first-team squad followed, and Les Parisiens finished in the top three in five consecutive seasons in the 90s, including a title win in 1993-94.

It was a glamourous club at this point, with world stars like George Weah and David Ginola lighting up the French capital.

Trophies were accumulated throughout this period, but it was short-lived. Financial strife returned before the turn of the century.

Ronaldinho brought a sprinkling of magic, and a few domestic trophies were won, but PSG were a long way from competing in the league.

Canal+ sold the club in 2006, and it changed hands again five years later with Qatari Sports Investment injecting historic sums into the team.

This sparked a period of unprecedented dominance. PSG won seven out of eight league titles in the 2010s, and continued to throw money at their team, including the world-record signing of Neymar and the acquisition of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

PSG Honours List

  • Ligue 1 – 1985-86, 1993-94, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2021-22

  • Ligue 2 – 1970-71

  • Coupe de France – 1981-82, 1982-83, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1997-98, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21

  • Coupe de la Ligue – 1994-95, 1997-98, 2007-08, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20

  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup – 1995-96

  • UEFA Intertoto Cup – 2001

PSG Competitions This Season

There is no shortage of PSG options if you’re looking to bet on football.

Their season started with the Trophée des Champions against Nantes in Tel Aviv, which is just one of four pieces of silverware the club from Paris were targeting in 2022-23.

Christophe Galtier’s side began their Ligue 1 title defence against Clermont on August 6th.

The most successful team in Coupe de France history, having lifted the trophy 14 times, Galtier will be aiming to take the club to their eighth consecutive Coupe de France final in 2023.

PSG suffered yet another Champions League collapse in 2021-22, but they have another shot at European glory in 2022-23. They will find out their group stage opponents on August 25th.

*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*

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