Paris Saint-Germain - Bordeaux Preview: Hosts aiming to overcome frustrating start against in-form Les Girondins
Carlo Ancelotti's side have started the season sluggishly, and will be wary of the visitors, who have won their last eight Ligue 1 games in a row
By Mohammed Ali
Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Menez, Pastore, Nene
GIRONDINS DE BORDEAUX
Mariano, Ciani, Planus, Tremoulinas
Ben Khalfallah, Sane, Sertic, Maurice-Belay
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will have to make do without Ezequiel Lavezzi after the ex-Napoli player was shown a straight red card in Sunday's frustrating 0-0 draw with Ajaccio. The Argentine forward has been suspended for three games (one suspended) with Ancelotti summoned to a disciplinary hearing on September 13 for his own dismissal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains doubtful after missing the trip to Stade Francois Coty with an ankle injury, with Kevin Gameiro on standby to replace him should the Swede fail a late fitness test. Goalkeeper Nicholas Douchez and Mohamed Sissoko are still sidelined.
New signing Thiago Silva could be in line for his debut, albeit from the bench after being unveiled only on Friday, while Thiago Motta began training this week after suffering a hamstring problem during the Euro 2012 final.
Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot is set to welcome back Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil and Landry N'Guemo, who returned to the squad in Thursday's Europa League play-off draw with Red Star Belgrade.
Mathieu Chalme, Kevin Olimpa, Henrique, Abdou Traore and David Bellion all continue rehabilitation with their respective injuries, though les Girondins should largely field the same XI that beat Rennes 1-0 on matchday two.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Paris Saint-Germain sit 12th in the Ligue 1 table, amassing just two points from their first two games.
- Les Parisiens have won 17 of their 38 meetings against Bordeaux in the French capital.
- This fixture last season ended 1-1 on week 29, with Guillaume Hoarau netting an 81st-minute equaliser.
- Bordeaux sit in fourth place after winning both of their opening games, to join SC Bastia, Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille on six points.
- Francis Gillot's charges have won their last eight Ligue 1 games in a row, stretching back to the tail-end of last season, since a 2-2 draw with Nancy in April.
- If the Ligue 1 table were to represent games played only in 2012, Bordeaux would be second, three points ahead of PSG,
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Top 3 Predictions
Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Girondins de Bordeaux
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Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Girondins de Bordeaux
- 11.99 %
Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Girondins de Bordeaux
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|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Jan 21, 2013||Girondins de Bordeaux 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Aug 27, 2012||Paris Saint-Germain 0 - Girondins de Bordeaux 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Mar 26, 2012||Paris Saint-Germain 1 - Girondins de Bordeaux 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Nov 7, 2011||Girondins de Bordeaux 1 - Paris Saint-Germain 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||May 19, 2011||Girondins de Bordeaux 1 - Paris Saint-Germain 0|
|May 19, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 3 - Stade Brestois 29 1||FRA1|
|May 13, 2013||Olympique Lyonnais 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 1||FRA1|
|May 6, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 1 - Valenciennes FC 1||FRA1|
|Apr 29, 2013||Evian Thonon Gaillard 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 1||FRA1|
|Apr 22, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 3 - OGC Nice 0||FRA1|
|Girondins de Bordeaux|
|May 19, 2013||ESTAC Troyes 1 - Girondins de Bordeaux 0||FRA1|
|May 15, 2013||ESTAC Troyes 1 - Girondins de Bordeaux 2||FRAC|
|May 12, 2013||Girondins de Bordeaux 3 - AS Nancy Lorraine 2||FRA1|
|May 4, 2013||AS Saint-Etienne 0 - Girondins de Bordeaux 0||FRA1|
|Apr 28, 2013||Girondins de Bordeaux 0 - Stade de Reims 0||FRA1|
|40||Ronan Le Crom||Goalkeeper|
|14||Cheick Tidiane Diabaté||Striker|
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