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November 27, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard — Saint-Ètienne
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Saint-Etienne - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Hosts look to do the double over Ancelotti's men

Carlo Ancelotti's men are buoyed after dumping out holders Marseille in the last round, and will be hoping to oust the high-flying hosts and progress to the last four

By Mohammed Ali

Ligue 1 : Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs Stephane Ruffier (Paris SG vs AS Saint-Etienne)


Clerc, Sall, Perrin, Ghoulam
Clement, Lemoine
Hamouma, Cohade, Guilavogui
Jallet, Thiago Silva, Sakho, Maxwell
Chantome, Bodmer, Sissoko
Nene, Pastore

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier is able to field his strongest XI in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to start ahead of former Marseille striker Brandao, with Joshua Guilavogui in line to be promoted from the bench.

Paris Saint-Germain meanwhile are set to rest a few key players, including Blaise Matuidi who has racked up 21 appearances already so far this season. Mathieu Bodmer or Marco Verratti could replace the former Sainte star.

Guillaume Hoarau looks set to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, having done so in the last round, in which the capital club ousted three-time holders Olympique de Marseille. Christophe Jallet is also in line, having appeared briefly at the weekend.
  • Saint-Etienne briefly moved to the top of Ligue 1, before dropping to third after beating Valenciennes 1-0 at the weekend.
  • Christophe Galtier's side are in the quarter-final having beaten Lorient on penalties, and Sochaux 3-0 earlier in the competition.
  • Les Verts will enjoy a home draw for the first time in this year's competition.
  • Saint-Etienne have not won the Coupe de la Ligue in their history.
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit top of Ligue 1 on goal difference, after beating Troyes 4-0.
  • Les Parisiens suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Tuesday's opponents in Ligue 1 earlier this month.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's men will be hoping to progress to the semi-finals for the first time since 2011.
  • PSG have won the Coupe de la Ligue three times - the last of which came in 2008.

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Available Squads
16Stéphane RuffierGoalkeeper
13Faouzi GhoulamDefender
24Loïc PerrinMidfielder
26M. Bayal Defender
29François ClercDefender
6Jérémy ClémentMidfielder
18Fabien LemoineMidfielder
21Romain HamoumaMidfielder
17Pierre-Emerick AubameyangStriker
7Max-Alain GradelStriker
30Jessy MoulinGoalkeeper
12Jean-Pascal MignotDefender
20Jonathan BrisonMidfielder
8Alejandro AlonsoMidfielder
10Renaud CohadeMidfielder
-K. MayiStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
7Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
31Adrien RabiotMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
Players to Watch
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Gabon international put Paris Saint-Germain to the sword earlier in November with a well taken goal and Aubameyang - who has eight league goals so far this season - is once more expected to be the hosts' key attacking weapon. Fast, with a fine shot on him, he must come up good on Tuesday evening.
Javier Pastore
Javier Pastore
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
The Argentine has endured a poor season to date and was substituted at half-time against Troyes on Saturday. His replacement Nene changed the game, adding weight to the fact that the €42 million signing is no longer the main man at the Parc des Princes. His confidence is low, and he must use Tuesday's contest as an opportunity to impress Carlo Ancelotti.
Saint-Etienne are unbeaten in 11 competitive encounters, and are in great form. Having beaten PSG earlier this month and given their poor record in cup competitions, it is wholly conceivable to see the hosts advance to the semi-finals.
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Bryan Bergougnoux Bryan Bergougnoux
Tours FC
3 0
Bafetimbi Gomis Bafetimbi Gomis
Olympique Lyonnais
3 0
J.Kahne Tehoue J.Kahne Tehoue
US Boulogne
3 0
Ghislain Gimbert Ghislain Gimbert
ES Troyes AC
3 0
Yoann Court Yoann Court
ES Troyes AC
3 0