Troyes - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side return to Ligue 1 after European exit
The Ligue 1 leaders edge ever closer to a first league title in 19 years and take their bid for the crown to the relegation-threatened hosts
By Mohammed Ali
Colin, Jarjat, Brechet, Othon
Faussurier, Nivet, Camus
Van der Wiel, Sakho, T. Silva, Maxwell
Lucas Moura, Verratti, Matuidi, Pastore
Troyes could be without up to four players for the visit of Paris Saint-Germain to Stade de l'Aube on Saturday.
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck was already ineligible to face his parent club and Corentin Jean, Granddi N'Goyi and Stephane Drouil are all sidelined for the bottom side.
Meanwhile, PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti is likely to rotate his side following their Champions League exit to Barcelona in midweek. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a one-match suspension.
The likes of Blaise Matuidi - suspended against the Catalans - Kevin Gameiro, Mamadou Sakho and Gregory van der Wiel are all in line for starts, as the Parisiens turn their attentions to domestic honours.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Troyes sit in 20th position in Ligue 1, with 25 points amassed. They are six points adrift with seven games to go.
- The hosts lost 1-0 to fellow relegation strugglers Nancy last weekend, their only defeat in the last four games.
- Troyes have only ever lost one league fixture at home to PSG, and are unbeaten in last two - the last of those coming in a 1-1 draw in 2006.
- Paris Saint-Germain will be searching for a win to take them further clear of Olympique de Marseille at the top of the table.
- Should Marseille lose to Lille this weekend and PSG beat Troyes, Carlo Ancelotti's side would only require two further victories to seal a first title since 1994.
- PSG's Champions League exit at midweek means they have only the Coupe de France and Ligue 1 to fight for. They face Evian in the Coupe next week.
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Top 3 Predictions
ES Troyes AC 0-3 Paris St. Germain (PSG)
- 17.91 %
ES Troyes AC 0-2 Paris St. Germain (PSG)
- 17.69 %
ES Troyes AC 1-3 Paris St. Germain (PSG)
- 10.66 %
|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|
|ES Troyes AC|
|18 Apr 2014||ES Troyes AC 0 - Créteil-Lusitanos 3||FRA2|
|11 Apr 2014||Stade Lavallois MFC 2 - ES Troyes AC 1||FRA2|
|4 Apr 2014||ES Troyes AC 0 - Stade Brestois 29 2||FRA2|
|28 Mar 2014||AJ Auxerre 0 - ES Troyes AC 0||FRA2|
|21 Mar 2014||ES Troyes AC 2 - Dijon FCO 0||FRA2|
|Paris St. Germain (PSG)|
|23 Apr 2014||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 1 - Evian Thonon Gaillard 0||Lig1|
|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|
|-||Eloge Enza Yamissi||Defender|
|9||Marcos Dos Santos Ferreira||Striker|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
The former Caen midfielder has been Troyes' best player in a season full of disappointments. Despite his career moving onto the twilight stage, Nivet remains the club's top league goal scorer with nine and maintains great levels of stamina, creativity and determination, which could prove vital for the club if they are to escape their current predicament. The veteran will be hoping for another stellar performance.
The PSG striker will be buoyed with the absence of Ibrahimovic on Saturday and will likely be given a rare start against the league minnows, in a match where Gameiro can ill afford a poor performance. Pushed down the pecking order, it is still clear to see the qualities that Gameiro possesses and with six league goals, more than double Lavezzi's total, the France international will be be hoping to add to his tally at Stade de l'Aube.
Paris Saint-Germain return to Ligue 1 proud of their achievements following the Champions League exit to Barcelona and with bottom-side Troyes lying in wait for them on Saturday, Ancelotti and his men will have to consider this a sure victory if they are to go ten points clear of Marseille come Sunday. Ibrahimovic may be suspended, but this should be a walk in the park.
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