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  • 24 November 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: B. Varela
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Paris Saint-Germain - Troyes Preview: Ancelotti's side hoping to secure victory against league minnows

Paris Saint-Germain - Troyes Preview: Ancelotti's side hoping to secure victory against league minnows

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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Paris Saint-Germain
Sirigu
Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Chantome, Verratti, Matuidi
Pastore, Lavezzi
Ibrahimovic

TROYES



Thuram-Ulien
Colin, Saunier, Jarjat, N'Sakala
Yamissi, N'Goyi
Obbadi, Nivet, Camus
Marcos


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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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
19NenêMidfielder
31Adrien RabiotMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
-Y. ThuramGoalkeeper
5Matthieu SaunierDefender
11RinconDefender
17Maxime ColinDefender
-Fabrice N'SakalaDefender
4Stéphane DarbionMidfielder
-Mounir ObbadiMidfielder
10Benjamin NivetMidfielder
14Xavier ThiagoMidfielder
-Fabien CamusMidfielder
25Jean-Christophe BahebeckStriker
1Mathieu DreyerGoalkeeper
15Florian JarjatDefender
-Eloge Enza YamissiDefender
29Quentin OthonMidfielder
7Benjamin PsaumeStriker
-Marcos Dos Santos FerreiraStriker
51Mohamed YattaraStriker
Players to Watch
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
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.
Y. Thuram
Y. Thuram
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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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