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  • 3 November 2012
  • • 21:30
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: L. Duhamel
  • • Attendance: 44516
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Paris Saint-Germain - Saint-Etienne Preview: Ancelotti's men hoping to further extend Ligue 1 lead

Paris Saint-Germain - Saint-Etienne Preview: Ancelotti's men hoping to further extend Ligue 1 lead

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Christophe Galtier's side are in good form of late, but travel to the capital having not won at the Parc des Princes for more than five years

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Porto
Sirigu
Van der Wiel, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell Matuidi, Verratti, Sissoko
Menez, Pastore
Ibrahimovic

AS SAINT-ETIENNE

Ruffier
Clerc, Mignot, Perrin, Ghoulam
Cohade, Clement, Lemoine
Aubameyang (or Gradel), Hamouma
Brandao

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will welcome back striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, as well as Marco Verratti and Alex, after the quartet were rested for the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16 win over Olympique de Marseille on Wednesday evening.

All four players took part in full training on Thursday, as well as Ezequiel Lavezzi and Nene after thigh and cheekbone injuries, with the ex-Napoli forward in a race against time to make the bench.

Thiago Motta and Diego Lugano are still sidelined, while either Mamadou Sakho or Alex will replace Zoumana Camara in defence.

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier is sweating on the fitness of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with the club's top scorer struggling with a knock.

Should the Gabon international not make the trip to Paris, Ivorian midfielder Max Alain Gradel will take his place, having starred in the midweek win over Sochaux.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit atop of the Ligue 1 table, having maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 win over Nancy.
  • PSG are unbeaten in their last seven encounters against the 10-time French champions.
  • Les Parisiens are yet to concede a goal in the second-half this season in Ligue 1.
  • After both sides emerged from their Coupe de la Ligue triumphs in midweek, the two teams will face each other at the end of November in the quarter-final.
  • Saint-Etienne sit fifth in Ligue 1, having amassed a total of 15 points so far this season.
  • Les Verts have not managed a victory against the capital club at the Parc des Princes since 2007
  • Christophe Galtier's men have won only one of their last six away games in the division.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG, pictured right) is top scorer of Ligue 1, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in second with seven strikes.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

PSG

Saint-Étienne

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Draw
AS Saint-Étienne ASS
AS Saint-Étienne Saint-Étienne
60%
30%

Top 3 Predictions

Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
2 - 0
AS Saint-Étienne ASS
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
1 - 2
AS Saint-Étienne ASS
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
3 - 0
AS Saint-Étienne ASS

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