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  • September 22, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Stade Armand Césari, Furiani
  • Referee: S. Ennjimi
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SC Bastia - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side aim to continue good run of form against promoted hosts

SC Bastia - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side aim to continue good run of form against promoted hosts

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The home side are on a run of three consecutive defeats, and will have to be at their best to match the expensively-assembled visitors, who are starting to hit top gear

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
SC BASTIA

SC Bastia
Novaes
Choplin, Mary, Marchal, Harek
Cahuzac, Rothen
Maoulida, Thauvin, Palmieri
Modeste


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN


Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Verratti, Matuidi, Chantome
Nene, Menez
Ibrahimovic



Bastia coach Frederic Hantz is likely to name the same side that turned out in a crushing 3-0 defeat to Evian last weekend.

The Corsican outfit have former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder and France international Jerome Rothen in their ranks, who was a popular figure of les Parisiens for most of the last decade.

Anthony Modeste will lead the line, despite an unspectacular start to the Ligue 1 season, but the impact player will be Wahib Khazri, who has impressed off the bench.

PSG, meanwhile, are on a roll following a crushing 4-1 Champions League win against Dinamo Kiev on Tuesday.

Thiago Silva capped his PSG debut with a well-taken goal, and is expected to partner Alex at centre-back, with Mamadou Sakho is still suffering from a knock to his left thigh, joining Thiago Motta on the sidelines.

Ezequiel Lavezzi has been ruled out of action for 10 days after taking a blow to his thigh, despite only featuring as a substitute and Javier Pastore trained individually on Thursday.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Bastia have lost their last three Ligue 1 games, despite starting with a 100 per cent record.
  • The hosts have not kept a clean sheet in each of their last eight league games (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2).
  • Frederic Hantz's men are currently enduring their worst run of form in Ligue 1 since December 2004.
  • PSG sit in fourth place after beating Toulouse 2-0 in their last Ligue 1 outing.
  • Les Parisiens thrashed Dinamo Kiev 4-1 in midweek, the perfect return to the Champions League after an absence of almost eight years.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side won five and drew one of six games against promoted sides in Ligue 1 last season.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored five out of the six goals PSG have mustered so far this season.

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-Macedo NovaesGoalkeeper
6Gael AngoulaMidfielder
5Sylvain MarchalDefender
-Mathieu SansDefender
-Harek FéthiDefender
-Jérémy ChoplinDefender
-Wahbi KhazriStriker
18Yannick CahuzacMidfielder
25Sambou YatabareMidfielder
-Jérôme RothenMidfielder
27Anthony ModesteStriker
30Dominique AgostiniGoalkeeper
-François MarqueDefender
19Mary MakaDefender
29Gilles CioniDefender
-Julien PalmieriMidfielder
-Florian ThauvinMidfielder
-Toifilou MaoulidaStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
19NenêMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
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33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
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