PSG 2 BORDEAUX 0
Aside from the general genius of King Zlatan, one of the strengths of PSG last season was that the team was a fairly solid defensive unit that did not concede too many goals. Combined that with a hot-to-trot striker up front and PSG came away with a positive goal difference of 83 losing just two Ligue Un games out of 38.
Unai Emery’s version PSG has already lost the same number of matches, just seven matches into the season, with few signs of getting any better. Indeed, last Friday’s away defeat to Toulouse was a disastrous at both ends of the pitch with defenders and midfielders having mind-poots and Edinson Cavani continuing to show why the Uruguayan might be one of the most frustrating forwards since the beginning of time.
The PSG poacher is joint top-scorer in Ligue Un with six this season, but could have had three times as many. And the local fans are still waiting for Angel di Maria to join the party.
Saturday’s opponents, Bordeaux, are not going to help out any. The visitors to the French capital are just one place and one point behind PSG and have become quite the parsimonious outfit, with three clean sheets in the past five games. What’s more, PSG have failed to beat the west-coasters over the past three league meetings. The omens are not good for the league champions.
FAU 31-33 FIU
Game Preview: Shula Bowl arrives at bad time for wounded Panthers
Long-suffering fans of the Panthers will see this weekend’s Shula Bowl clash as either a chance to bounce back after a horrendous start to the season or yet another kick in the special zone, that not even Kevlar body armor can shield.
Last Saturday’s 53-14 setback to UCF reached such a low point that the loss led to the firing of head coach, Ron Turner, who was in his fourth season in charge of the South Florida outfit. Defensive coordinator Ron Cooper has taken over, pretty much for the reason that he has the right qualifications rather than any tactical prowess.
The next game is right around the corner and it is FAU (1-3) coming to Ocean Bank Field, a team not exactly in the best of form themselves but hoping to find the Panthers more with the kitteny than predatory big cat.
Celta 4 Barcelona 3
Before the Match:
Barça return to the scene of a painful memory against Celta
One of the aims of Can’t Miss is to offer up matches that you…er…can’t miss. And that often means predicting potential upsets days before they come, upsets when the big boys are taken down a peg or door and forced to eat sporting butter with toast crumbs in it.
This week, the spider sense is tingling over Barcelona’s visit to Celta Vigo. The league champions can sometimes be a little fragile after Champions League fixtures especially when on the road and the rivals on Sunday, Celta Vigo, have managed back-to-back wins after a very sluggish start to the season.
The one doubt though is that the Galicians themselves are also in European action, but on Thursday in the Europa League which can sometimes be a bit of a curse to a team with limited squad depth. Panathinaikos are the opponents in Balaidos, but if Celta have a Positive Mental Attitude then a victory combined with the memory of 4-1 win over Barcelona last season for the team that Luis Enrique used to manage, might be just the fillip needed to cause a Sunday shock.