Get on Les Girondins
The lights went out on Paris Saint-Germain’s season at Ajaccio last weekend. Quite literally. After another underwhelming 92 minutes of football, the power failed at the Stade François Coty, temporarily prolonging the evening and the Parisians’ frustrations. It all seemed so indicative of the start that they made have to the campaign.
Their two draws so far have caused some surprise outside of France, but it’s nothing we hadn’t suggested in our ante-post preview of Ligue Un. PSG simply don’t look a team at the moment, just a collection of expensively-assembled individuals who are expecting to win each time they step out on to the field.
It hasn’t happened, and subsequently the ill-discipline has risen. Last time out, Ezequiel Lavezzi was red carded for a reckless studs-up challenge on Bejamin Andre and he was soon followed down the tunnel by his normally mild-mannered coach Carlo Ancelotti, after he kicked out in annoyance at a water bottle.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed out against the Corsicans with an ankle injury and it’s likely to keep him out again this Sunday against opponents who are playing with the confidence and togetherness that PSG crave.
Bordeaux made it eight consecutive Ligue Un wins by seeing off Rennes by the odd goal on matchday two. After Lorient and Ajaccio came within a last-minute penalty and the width of a post away from beating the title favourites, Les Girondins have the belief to strike that blow at a tasty looking 11/2.
Ludovic Obraniak has continued his form of last season this term, already contributing two goals and an assist. Worryingly for PSG, the Polish midfielder often saves his best performances for trips to the capital and it would be no surprise to see him outshine the more illustrious names on the opposition's team-sheet this weekend.
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