Our football match prediction:
PSG kick off their International Champions Cup campaign with a match against Roma. Les Parisiens are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and we predict that Unai Emery’s men are going to take Thursday’s football match very seriously. The French side will take on Tottenham and Juventus at the tournament as well, meaning that the former Sevilla coach could mix the squad against the Giallorossi. The Romans, on the other hand, finished the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign in second place in the standings, with the team booking their place in the Champions League group stages. Luciano Spalletti is no longer in charge of the Stadio Olimpico outfit, but, no doubt, fans have faith in new boss Eusebio Di Francesco. Both teams are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s clash and we are positive that fans will see goals galore at Detroit Catholic Central High School.
Highlighted Player (Blaise Matuidi):
Often described as fierce and strong tackler, Blaise Matuidi is one of the PSG’s engines in the centre of the park. Having begun his career at amateur and semi-professional clubs, the 29-year-old midfielder broke onto the big stage in 2004 when he signed for Troyes. After a three-season spell he was transferred to Saint-Etienne where he played 132 league appearances in four years before signing with PSG. Although a midfielder tasked with ruining rivals’ play and providing support to his team mates from the back, Blaise Matuidi has a knack for scoring important goals. In 2015 Blaise Matuidi scored in a 2-1 win over Montpeiller to confirm a third consecutive French League title for his club after which he was named in the UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year for the second time in his career. The 29-year-old is a national team regular who took part in France’s Euro 2016 campaign giving his contribution to the team’s road to the final of the competition.
Highlighted Team (Paris SG):
Formed by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain in 1970, Paris Saint-Germain or as they call it PSG is the most successful club in French football with 31 domestic titles to their name. Having won six Ligue 1 title so far, a record ten Coupes de France, a record six Coupes de la Ligue, six Trophees des Champions and one Ligue 2 title, PSG are also one of only two French clubs to ever win a European title. Les Parisiens were crowned UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup champions back in 1995-96, while their last European trophy was the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Beginning of the new millennium was particularly hard for the celebrated club who flirted with relegation in 2000s before they were bought by the Quatar Sports Investments group in 2011 when the rebirth of the Paris Saint-Germain as we know it today began. Following heavy squad investments and team boosting, PSG won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years with Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost singlehandedly leading his side towards the trophy with 30 goals. Having established domestic dominance, PSG now set their sights on winning the Champions League which remains an elusive dream for the club from Paris.