Ligue 1 Wk 8: PSG host Bordeaux as Monaco tackle Montpellier

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 29/09/2017

Dethroned champions Paris Saint Germain host third-place Bordeaux which is going to be the most interesting encounter in the week round eight in Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon at Parc Des Princes. While Ligue 1 holder Monaco takes on Montpellier at the Stade Louis II after disappointing home defeat in the Champions League to Porto in midweek.

However, fourth place Saint-Etienne travels to entertain 12th place Troyes at the Stade de l'Aube with fifth place Olympique Marseille visit ninth place Nice at Venue Allianz Riviera.

Paris Saint Germain vs Bordeaux

Ligue 1 leaders and title favorites PSG had a slight wobble last week when they dropped points during their visit to Montpellier, and they are sure to have another difficult test when they welcome third-placed Bordeaux to Parc des Princes this coming Saturday.

Unai Emery side managed a commanding 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the midweek's Champions League fixture making a major step towards securing the top spot in their respective group.

Bordeaux side suffered a disappointing Europa League elimination to Videoton in the third qualifying round, but they are yet to suffer a defeat after seven games in the domestic league.

Les Girondins proved out to be very tough to break down having allowed no more than two goals in last four league outings, but their defensive line is only about to face the toughest challenge yet this Saturday.

Head to Head

In the last 44 games between the teams, PSG have won 19, Bordeaux have won 15 and there have been 10 draws.

PSG Team News

Javier Pastore still injured as Angel Di Maria returns after featuring in midweek

Bordeaux Team News

Defender Milan Gajic is Bordeaux's only injury concern

Prediction: PSG 2-0 Bordeaux

Monaco vs Montpellier

Monaco have been enjoying a phenomenal kickoff to the new campaign in Ligue 1, but they failed to bring that form to Champions League where they suffered a catastrophic 3-0 home defeat to Porto on Tuesday evening.

Leonardo Jardim men have narrowed the gap from Ligue 1 leaders PSG with last weekend 4-0 crushing over Lille to just one point ahead of Friday’s game and a win in this one could see the champions go back to the summit with Radamel Falcao already has 11 goals to his name after seven rounds of the competition.

Montpellier meanwhile have had a fair start to the campaign and currently sit 12th in the table after managing two wins, two draws and three defeats so far. Last weekend’s impressive rearguard display saw the team claim a point from a 0-0 draw at home to PSG.

Head to Head

In the last 22 meetings, Monaco have won 16, while Montpellier is yet to win anyone with six draws.

Monaco Team News

Summer signing Keita Balde, defender Kevin N'Doram with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic are all currently injured.

Montpellier Team News

Striker Giovanni Sio will miss this one through suspension but apart from that, Montpellier have no injury worries.

Prediction: Monaco 2-0 Montpellier

Troyes vs Saint-Etienne

Troyes who was promoted from Ligue 2 last campaign, currently sit 13th in the table after managing two wins, two draws and three defeats from their opening seven matches It may have been an acceptable start but they sit only three points away from the dreaded relegation zone.

While St Etienne meanwhile sits 4th in the division after a brilliant start to the season which has seen them record four wins, two draws, and one defeat so far with a win over Nice, Caen, Amiens and Dijon pushed to the current position they are now.

Troyes expected to provide a tough away test for St Etienne.

Head to Head

In 13 previous meetings between the both teams, St Etienne have won eight, Troyes have won once and there have been four draws.

Troyes Team News

Midfielder Benjamin Nivet is currently injured while defender Mathieu Deplagne is suspended.

St Etienne Team News

Midfielder Florentin Pogba and attacker Romain Hamouma are both injured at present.

Prediction: Troyes 1- 2 St Etienne 

Other Ligue 1 fixtures?

Amiens SC vs Lille 

Dijon vs Strasbourg 

Guingamp vs Toulouse

Nantes vs Metz 

Rennes vs Caen

Troyes vs Saint-Étienne 

Angers vs Lyonnais

Nice vs Marseille