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  • 13 May 2013
  • • 00:30
  • • Stade de Gerland, Lyon
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
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Lyon-PSG Preview: Stuttering Parisiens target return to form at rivals

Lyon-PSG Preview: Stuttering Parisiens target return to form at rivals

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After last week's failure versus Valenciennes, and the furore that followed, the Ligue 1 leaders will be hoping to get back on track against Remi Garde's men



Olympique Lyonnais coach Remi Garde is expected to keep faith in centre-backs Samuel Umtiti and Bakary Kone, with the duo impressing in recent weeks, ahead of the more established Dejan Lovren and Milan Bisevac.

Rachid Ghezzal is suspended, with Bafetimbi Gomis set to return to the starting line-up, most likely deposing Jimmy Briand on the right-wing, with Yoann Gourcuff also in line for a start after impressing in a free role lately. No.1 goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre is out for six months following a ligament injury, meaning young Anthony Lopes will make only his fourth Ligue 1 start against the league leaders.

Paris Saint-Germain will be without captain Thiago Silva following the club's 1-1 draw with Valenciennes while Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verratti remain out following dismissals in the prior clash with Evian.

PSG will win the Ligue 1 title if they win at Stade Gerland, though will also be crowned champions if Olympique de Marseille fail to beat Toulouse on Saturday at Stade Velodrome (kick-off at 17:00CET).

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Olympique Lyonnais sit in third place - the final Champions League qualification spot - ahead of Saint-Etienne, Nice and Lille.
  • Remi Garde's side have won just one of their last nine games against Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Lyon have been awarded the third most penalties (10) in the top five European leagues this season. Only Juventus and Chelsea (11) have more.
  • PSG sit top of Ligue 1 as of Saturday morning, seven points ahead of second-placed Olympique de Marseille with nine left to play for.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side have scored in each of their last eight league games.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (pictured, right) has failed to score in two consecutive Ligue 1 games for the first time this season.

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16Anthony LopesGoalkeeper
14BakyDefender
14Mouhamadou DaboDefender
23Samuel UmtitiDefender
6Gueida FofanaMidfielder
7Clément GrenierMidfielder
8Yoann GourcuffMidfielder
21Maxime GonalonsMidfielder
28Arnold MvuembaMidfielder
18Bafetimbi GomisStriker
25Yassine BenziaStriker
40Mathieu GorgelinGoalkeeper
5Milan BiševacDefender
12Jordan FerriMidfielder
17Steed MalbranqueMidfielder
29Farès BahlouliMidfielder
9Lisandro LópezDefender
-Anthony MartialStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
16Alphonse AreolaGoalkeeper
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22Sylvain ArmandDefender
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