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February 12, 2013 8:45 PM WAT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 36000‎
 

Valencia-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side travel to Spain aiming for first leg advantage

The Champions League returns after the winter break, with the Ligue 1 leaders hoping to make significant progress in a competition they are expected to do well in

By Mohammed Ali

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG-Zagreb (UEFA Champions League)
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  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
VALENCIA

Alves
Pereira, Rami, R Costa, Guardado
Victor Ruiz, T Costa
Piatti, Banega, Jonas
Soldado

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Lucas Moura, Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore
Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic

Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde has no significant injury worries ahead of the visit of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain to the Mestalla on Tuesday evening.

The likes of Joao Pereira, Victor Ruiz and Diego Alves should return to the starting line-up, having been named among the substitutes for the 1-0 win over Celta Vigo at the weekend.

Of the players who featured in Valencia's last meeting with PSG in the Emirates Cup back in 2007 in London, only David Albelda and Mamadou Sakho remain - though the latter is the only one of the pair expected to start.

Sakho's defensive partner Thiago Silva is out, as is namesake Thiago Motta with the pair nursing thigh injuries, though the Brazilian missed out the last couple of games through suspension.

Blaise Matuidi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Christophe Jallet and Ezequiel Lavezzi were all on the bench in Friday's 3-1 win over Bastia, and all should return to the starting 11.

David Beckham will travel to the Mestalla to watch his new team-mates in action, but has not been included in the squad. His first fixture is likely to be in the Clasico double-header against Olympique de Marseille in two weeks.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Valencia sit in fifth place in La Liga, two points behind Malaga, but are unbeaten in four games - fixtures which have included Barcelona and Real Madrid.
  • Should the hosts pick up victory on Tuesday, it will be their 50th in the European Cup/Champions League.
  • Los Che have not lost in 17 games out of 18 to Ligue 1 opposition, having beaten PSG's compatriots Lille in the group stage.
  • Valencia have not lost a Champions League home game since September 2010 (1-0 v Man Utd) - a run of nine fixtures.
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit top of Ligue 1, six points clear of Olympique Lyonnais.
  • The Parisien club have conceded just one goal on the road in Europe this season, in a 1-0 reverse to FC Porto.
  • PSG's record in Spain reads W3 D1 L3. They lost their last fixture in Spain to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League.
  • PSG have not been this far (with the exception of a second group stage appearance in 2001) since 1994-95 - the year they were also last champions of France.


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Available Squads
13GuaitaGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
12João PereiraDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
20Ricardo CostaDefender
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
21ParejoMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
5Víctor RuizDefender
-AlbeldaMidfielder
17Pablo PiattiStriker
-Jonathan VieraMidfielder
18Haedo ValdézStriker
16CanalesMidfielder
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
-LucasMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
7Jérémy MenezMidfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2