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Ligue 1

  • 14 September 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: A. Castro
  • • Attendance: 43224

Paris Saint-Germain - Toulouse Preview: Ancelotti's men seek further progress against unbeaten visitors

Paris Saint-Germain - Toulouse Preview: Ancelotti's men seek further progress against unbeaten visitors


Les Parisiens finally achieved a win in their last league outing, but will be wary of Alain Casanova's side who are yet to taste defeat this season



Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Verratti, Motta
Menez, Pastore, Nene


Toulouse FC

Aurier, Zebina, Abdennour, M'Bengue
Braaten, Sissoko, Sirieix, Tabanou
Ben Yedder

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will have a near-full squad to pick from for the visit of Toulouse to the Parc des Princes on Friday evening.

Ezequiel Lavezzi returns from a two-match suspension for his Week Two red card against Ajaccio but as not been included in the squad. Ancelotti himself is doubtful to be on the touchline, with the LFP's Disciplinary Committee set to convene later on Thursday to rule on his own sending off at Stade Francois Coty.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will lead the line, after chipping in all four of les Parisiens' goals so far, with Marco Verratti set to hold onto his starting position. Christophe Jallet - who scored in France's 3-1 win over Belarus - is also certain to start, despite new signing Gregory van der Wiel in training with the hosts.

Mohamed Sissoko is doubtful, after only returning from a lengthy time out with a knee injury, whilst Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva will have to wait for his debut after being omitted from the 19-man squad. Both, however, are in contention for the Champions League opener against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.

Toulouse also have few injury concerns ahead of their trip to the capital. Wissam Ben Yedder, joint second in the scoring charts behind Ibrahimovic, is in line to hold off Emmanuel Riviere for a starting position.

Daniel Braaten, a substitute in le Tefece's last game, could replace Adrien Regattin on the right side of midfield, but very few changes are expected from coach Alain Casanova.


  • Paris Saint-Germain sit eighth in the Ligue 1 table, amassing six points from their first four games.
  • Les Parisiens have won each of their last five games against Toulouse, with their last home defeat coming in October 2008.
  • Both matches in this fixture last season ended 3-1 to PSG.
  • Toulouse sit in fifth place after their 1-1 draw with Reims on week four. They have eight points out of a possible 12.
  • Le Tefece have only beaten PSG twice in 12 trips to the Parc des Princes.
  • Alain Casanova's side have not scored more than one away goal per match since February.
  • Both PSG's Christophe Jallet and Toulouse's Etienne Capoue (pictured right) scored their very first international goals for France in midweek,


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30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
16Alphonse AreolaGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
11Kevin GameiroStriker
30Ali AhamadaGoalkeeper
12Cheikh MBengueDefender
19Serge AurierDefender
16Aymen AbdennourDefender
20Steeve YagoDefender
8Etienne DidotMidfielder
5Franck TabanouMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
15Etienne CapoueMidfielder
7Wissam Ben YedderMidfielder
22Daniel BraatenStriker
16Olivier BlondelGoalkeeper
4Jean-Daniel Akpa-AkproDefender
24Pavle NinkovDefender
14François Paxti SirieixMidfielder
17Adrien RegattinMidfielder
19Emmanuel RiviereStriker
10Yannick DjalóStriker
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Unsurprisingly, the man of the moment for Paris Saint-Germain after scoring all four of the club's competitive goals so far in the 2012-13 season. Ibrahimovic dazzled against Lille, scoring inside 30 seconds, before producing an exquisite chip for his second, and will be expected to lead from the front on Friday. Powerful, and already proving to be a handful for Ligue 1 defenders, the Swede may just be in for a good night.

Etienne Capoue
Etienne Capoue
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The wantaway midfielder shrugged off rumours of a move away from Stadium Municipal to engineer a good start for Toulouse in their first four games of the season. Capoue is of the same build as Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, though less technical and more defensive in his play. The young number 29 has already proved his worth with efficient play, breaking up moves of opponents and expertly shielding the back four. A good week has already seen him notch his first international goal, can it get better?


The hosts showed in their last game against supposed title rivals Lille, that the lavishly-assembled side are beginning to gel and make good on their pre-season expectations. With Ibrahimovic in form, Lavezzi returning and Thiago Silva not far from a debut, it will take a monumental effort from Toulouse - who have a poor record at the Parc des Princes - to get anything from Friday's encounter.

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