Paris Saint-Germain - Troyes Preview: Ancelotti's side hoping to secure victory against league minnows
The cash-rich capital side have not won in their last two encounter at the Parc des Princes, and need victory to remain in touch with leaders Olympique Lyonnais
By Mohammed Ali
Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Chantome, Verratti, Matuidi
Colin, Saunier, Jarjat, N'Sakala
Obbadi, Nivet, Camus
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to name the same XI against Troyes on Saturday evening.
Javier Pastore is set to return after being benched in favour of Nene, whilst Wednesday's two-goal hero Ezequiel Lavezzi should retain his place behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Jeremy Menez is a doubt after sitting out last weekend, whilst Mamadou Sakho returns from suspension. Ibrahimovic will potentially feature in his first Ligue 1 game since his red card against Saint-Etienne.
For Troyes, not many changes are expected, with Fabien Camus to replace on-loan PSG midfielder Jean-Christophe Bahebeck.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Paris Saint-Germain have lost their last two Ligue 1 home games - against Saint-Etienne and Rennes.
- Carlo Ancelotti's men have not scored more than one goal in their last five league encounters.
- PSG have not won with Ezequiel Lavezzi having started so far domestically.
- Troyes will be searching for their first league victory in Paris in 10 attempts.
- The visitors languish in 19th place, with just one win in 13 league encounters so far this season.
- If Saturday's visitors do win, it'll be their first away victory in 17 top-flight matches on the road.
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Top 3 Predictions
Paris St. Germain (PSG) 3-0 ES Troyes AC
- 20.93 %
Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2-0 ES Troyes AC
- 12.15 %
Paris St. Germain (PSG) 3-1 ES Troyes AC
- 9.82 %
|Ligue 1 (Lig1)||13 Apr 2013||ES Troyes AC 0 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 1|
|Ligue 1 (Lig1)||24 Nov 2012||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 4 - ES Troyes AC 0|
|Ligue 1 (Lig1)||19 May 2007||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2 - ES Troyes AC 1|
|Ligue 1 (Lig1)||23 Dec 2006||ES Troyes AC 1 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 1|
|Ligue 1 (Lig1)||15 Jan 2006||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2 - ES Troyes AC 1|
|Paris St. Germain (PSG)|
|19 Apr 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 1 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2||FRLC|
|13 Apr 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 1 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 0||Lig1|
|8 Apr 2014||Chelsea FC 2 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 0||UCL|
|5 Apr 2014||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 3 - Stade de Reims 0||Lig1|
|2 Apr 2014||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 3 - Chelsea FC 1||UCL|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
|-||Mohamed Lamine Sissoko||Midfielder|
|-||Eloge Enza Yamissi||Defender|
|9||Marcos Dos Santos Ferreira||Striker|
The Argentine attacker has finally come good, after scoring his first two goals for PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday. Lavezzi looked particularly active, carving out many opportunities and causing a Dynamo Kiev defence to combust. The former Napoli star has linked up well with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the same should continue on Saturday afternoon.
The young goalkeeper - a nephew of former French legend Lilian Thuram - will have a massive job to do against the world-class attack force of PSG. Thuram-Ulien will only have to look towards Rennes' second goalkeeper Cheick N'Diaye for inspiration, after his heroics last weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti's side passed their first test after calling a 'crisis' last weekend, and a home victory against a promoted side who have won just once so far, is imperative. Troyes have struggled in Ligue 1, and their away record speaks for itself. Expect a big win for PSG.
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