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  • 7 December 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: S. Ennjimi
  • • Attendance: 45057
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Paris St. Germain (PSG) 1.11 1.11 1.12 1.10 1.12
Draw 8.50 8.00 8.00 9.00 9.00
Sochaux 23.00 21.00 21.00 23.00 18.00
Paris Saint-Germain-Sochaux Preview: Blanc's men look to bounce back against bottom club

Paris Saint-Germain-Sochaux Preview: Blanc's men look to bounce back against bottom club

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The champions were stunned by Evian as their unbeaten run came to an end, but have won their last five home games against Herve Renard's men

Paris Saint-Germain have the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways when they host Ligue 1's bottom side Sochaux on Saturday.

Laurent Blanc's men crashed to a shock 2-0 defeat to Evian on Wednesday in a game that could have seen PSG equal their record unbeaten league run of 27 games.

The capital club had been in ominous form before their midweek slip, but they now sit just a point ahead of Lille - who have not conceded a league goal since September 15.

PSG face a side likely to be bereft of confidence, however. Sochaux have only won once in the league all season and have accrued a mere three points from the last 24 available.

Sochaux beat the champions 3-2 at the Stade Montbeliard last season, but have lost on each of their past five trips to the Parc des Princes.

Teenage midfielder Adrien Rabiot has enjoyed a promising breakthrough season for PSG, having made 18 appearances in all competitions and has called for an instant response from his team-mates.

"After a defeat, the most important thing is to bounce back straight away," the youngster said.

"We are still top of the league, so now we need to defeat Sochaux on Saturday."

Thiago Motta missed the Evian defeat with a thigh injury, while Alex and Ezequiel Lavezzi are likely to return to Blanc's squad after being rested.

Herve Renard is yet to taste victory in Ligue 1 since replacing Eric Hely in the Sochaux hot seat and apologised to the club's fans after slumping to a 2-0 defeat to Reims in midweek.

"There is not much to say or explain," he lamented. "We dissolved after the first goal and we were unable to play forward, or be strong psychologically.

"We must remain united. I am sad for the supporters, the club and those who work here."

Former PSG striker Pierre-Alain Frau made his second debut for first club Sochaux in midweek and the 33-year-old may be in line for a starting berth, with only Ajaccio having scored fewer Ligue 1 goals than the Montbeliard club this season.

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Available Squads
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
15MarquinhosDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
-LucasMidfielder
1Pierrick CrosGoalkeeper
2Sebastien CorchiaDefender
8CarlãoDefender
29Mathieu-Philippe PeybernesDefender
5Cédric KantéDefender
27Julien FaussurierMidfielder
27Loïc PoujolMidfielder
31Joseph Romeric LopyMidfielder
5Vincent NogueiraMidfielder
18Roy ContoutStriker
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
40P. CamaraGoalkeeper
-Lionel ZoumaDefender
7RafaelStriker
27Abdoul CamaraMidfielder
-Petrus Boumal MayegaMidfielder
-Marco IlaimaharitraMidfielder
-Pierre-Alain FrauStriker

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