PSG vs Nîmes Prediction & Match Preview

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The reigning champions kick off the new season on Sunday. Let’s take a look at PSG vs Nîmes. French powerhouse PSG are favourites to cruise to another Ligue 1 title. They take on a Nîmes team who overachieved and finished a solid 9th last season. PSG are unbeaten in their last seven opening league games. That trend will surely continue as PSG vs Nîmes takes place Sunday afternoon.

PSG vs Nîmes Prediction & Match Preview

Sunday, August 11 – 15:00 EST – Parc des Princes

PSG won last year’s championship 16 points clear of the next team. What is even more impressive is the fact that their goal differential of 70 was double of second place Lille (35). It has been a long time since a team came close to even challenging PSG for the title. German manager Thomas Tuchel is in charge once again and looks to secure his second title in as many years. There has been much talk of a Neymar departure, however nothing has materialized as of yet. It looks increasingly likely that the Brazilian star will pull on the PSG shirt once again this season. In terms of departures and arrivals, nothing of major significance has changed. A few fringe players such as Rabiot, Buffon, Nkunku and Moussa Diaby have left the club. Notable newcomers include Abdou Diallo and Idrissa Gueye, these two will help shore up the club’s defensive liabilities.

To put things into perspective, Nîmes boast a total squad value of 48 million euros. This total is laughable compared to PSG’s 984 million euros. This is Nîmes third consecutive season in the top flight and their expectations must be tempered. With that being said they definitely can be considered a success after a 9th and 10th place finish in past years. It is no surprise that they are a small club. PSG will win their season opener in comfortable fashion.