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  • December 11, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
  • Referee: W. Bien
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Valenciennes - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men aiming to continue resurgence

Valenciennes - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men aiming to continue resurgence

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The visitors appear to have turned a corner, but will be wary of Daniel Sanchez's tricky side who boast a formidable home record

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


VALENCIENNES



Penneteau
Nery, Isimat-Mirin, Benjamin, Bong
Ducourtioux, Saez
Dossevi, Pujol, Danic
Le Tallec

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Porto
Sirigu
Jallet, Sakho, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Pastore, Verratti, Motta
Menez, Lavezzi
Ibrahimovic

Valenciennes coach Daniel Sanchez will be without defender Gil for the visit of Paris Saint-Germain due to injury, though otherwise, the team should not differ greatly from the side that drew 1-1 with Nancy on Saturday.

Anthony Le Tallec could be preferred to Vincent Aboubakar up front, with David Ducourtioux likely to be given the nod ahead of Remi Gomis in midfield, as Loris Nery maintains his place on the right flank.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will be boosted by the return to form of his players, as well as the scoring return of injury absentees Thiago Motta and Kevin Gameiro on Saturday against Evian.

Blaise Matuidi is suspended, with Ancelotti set to continue his faith in Javier Pastore, who shined in the 4-0 win over Pascal Dupraz's men.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valenciennes sit in fifth place in Ligue 1 with 26 points from 16 games so far this season.
  • Daniel Sanchez's men have the second-best home record in Ligue 1, with five wins and three defeats.
  • This fixture last season ended in a manic 4-3 victory for PSG, who were 2-0 down after just 11 minutes in a match which threatened to derail their title hopes.
  • Victory for Valenciennes will put them ahead of Les Parisiens in the Ligue 1 table.
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit second in Ligue 1, though level with Olympique de Marseille.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's men are the joint-second top scorers in the division, level with Olympique Lyonnais, and one behind Valenciennes.
  • Defeat would put Paris Saint-Germain further behind Lyon, with the two sides set to meet in the next week.

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Available Squads
1Nicolas PenneteauGoalkeeper
20Brou Benjamin AngouaDefender
33Nicolas Isimat Mirin Defender
26G. BongDefender
25Rudy MaterDefender
2David DucourtiouxMidfielder
-C. SánchezMidfielder
20Gaël DanicMidfielder
10Mathieu DosseviMidfielder
14Foued KadirMidfielder
8Anthony Le TallecMidfielder
-Paul CharruauGoalkeeper
-Loris NéryDefender
18Kenny LalaMidfielder
23Jose SaezMidfielder
-Marco da SilvaMidfielder
9Vincent AboubakarStriker
28Grégory PujolStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker

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