Paris Saint-Germain-Nice Preview: Cavani a doubt as champions approach one year without home league defeat
A 2-1 reverse to Stade Rennais in November 2012 was the last time les Parisiens were beaten in Ligue 1 at Parc des Princes and they will be confident against Claude Puel's side
By Nicholas McGee
Laurent Blanc's men have not lost a home league game since November 2012 and sit in a commanding position at the top of the table following their 4-0 rout of Lorient last Friday.
PSG are two points clear of nearest challengers Lille, who moved ahead of Monaco in the table after dealing the big-spending principality club their first defeat of the campaign last week.
Despite their underwhelming 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday, the defending champions should be confident of cementing their position at the top of the division.
Nice's last victory in the capital came back in 2009, and Claude Puel's side will need to be at their best if they are to replicate that feat on Saturday and overcome a PSG side close to full strength.
Striker Edinson Cavani is the hosts' only injury concern due to a thigh problem that kept him out of the game with Anderlecht.
Nice go into the game on the back of a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Bordeaux, a result that marked their first loss at the new Allianz Riviera stadium.
Goalkeeper David Ospina suffered knee ligament damage in that game and now faces six weeks on the sidelines.
Mouez Hassen, who replaced Ospina against Bordeaux, is also doubtful with a groin problem, meaning Lucas Veronese is likely to take over between the posts.
Dario Cvitanich promises to be the dangerman for the Cote d'Azur club after a fine start to the campaign.
The Argentinian has already scored seven league goals this term, with only Cavani and Radamel Falcao finding the net on more occasions, although Cvitanich faces a tough task if he is to add to that tally against a defence that has conceded only seven league goals.
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Top 3 Predictions
Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 OGC Nice
- 22.94 %
Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 OGC Nice
- 14.71 %
Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 OGC Nice
- 13.53 %
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||28 Mar 2014||OGC Nice 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||9 Nov 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 3 - OGC Nice 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||21 Apr 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 3 - OGC Nice 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||1 Dec 2012||OGC Nice 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||12 Feb 2012||OGC Nice 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 0|
|13 Apr 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 1 - Paris Saint-Germain 0||Lig1|
|8 Apr 2014||Chelsea FC 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 0||UCL|
|5 Apr 2014||Paris Saint-Germain 3 - Stade de Reims 0||Lig1|
|2 Apr 2014||Paris Saint-Germain 3 - Chelsea FC 1||UCL|
|28 Mar 2014||OGC Nice 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 1||Lig1|
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|Returns:||Nice £150.00||Sign up with bet365 for a 100% deposit bonus up to £200|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
|-||Mahamane El Hadji Traoré||Midfielder|