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March 18, 2013 1:30 AM IST
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard — Saint-Ètienne
Referee:‬ A. Gautier‎
Attendance:‬ 25036‎
37′ (OG) Alex
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 19′ (PG)

Saint-Etienne-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: In form Les Verts aim to complete Parisian hat-trick

Christophe Galtier's high-flying side have already beaten PSG twice this season and will be hoping to pile more away-day misery for Carlo Ancelotti's men on Sunday

By Mohammed Ali



Clerc, Sall, Perrin, Brison
Bodmer, Lemoine
Gradel, Hamouma, Mollo
van der Wiel, Thiago Silva, Sakho, Maxwell
Menez, Verratti, Matuidi, Pastore
Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Paris Saint-Germain to Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.

Midfielder Jeremy Clement is out for six months following the horror ankle injury he sustained two weeks ago against Stade Rennes, with former PSG midfielder Mathieu Bodmer - who left the capital in January - set to take his place.

In-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the line, with the likes of Max-Alain Gradel and Yohan Mollo providing the width.

For Paris Saint-Germain, Carlo Ancelotti will be without Christophe Jallet, Thiago Motta and Lucas Moura for the trip to the Rhone region.

Jeremy Menez could be in line for a recall, with Lucas being out for two weeks after an injury sustained in the 2-1 win over Nancy last weekend. David Beckham is likely to start from the bench, but will be in familiar surroundings as he returns to the venue where he was famously sent off for England against Argentina at World Cup 1998.

  • Saint-Etienne have beaten PSG twice this season, prevailing in Ligue 1 at Parc des Princes, with Ibrahimovic shown a red card before a 5-3 penalty shoot-out win in the Coupe de la Ligue - both in November.
  • Christophe Galtier's side have not lost a game in 2013, winning six and drawing three - the best form of any side in Ligue 1.
  • Les Verts' key striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sits behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the number of goals he has been involved in the top five European leagues since the turn of the year.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not scored in 190 minutes against Saint-Etienne this season.
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit top of Ligue 1, four points clear of Olympique Lyonnais, and just nine clear of fourth-placed ASSE.
  • Les Parisiens have lost both of their last two away league encounters, to relegation-threatened Sochaux and Stade de Reims.
  • PSG were drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals. The sides played out a 2-2 draw in a glitzy pre-season friendly in Paris in August, before the Catalans prevailed on penalties.

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20Jonathan BrisonMidfielder
24Loïc PerrinMidfielder
26M. Bayal Defender
29François ClercDefender
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18Fabien LemoineMidfielder
17Pierre-Emerick AubameyangStriker
26Yohann MolloStriker
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23Gregory van der WielDefender
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
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32David BeckhamMidfielder
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