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  • May 7, 2012
  • • 03:15
  • • Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
  • Referee: F. Fautrel
  • • Attendance: 16914
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Valenciennes - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men seek top spot in Ligue 1

Valenciennes - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men seek top spot in Ligue 1

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Following Montpellier's slip-up against Evian in midweek, Carlo Ancelotti's men can take provisional top spot with victory on Sunday evening

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIENNES


Penneteau
Mater, Isimat-Mirin, Gil, Bong
Camara, Gomis, Cohade
Kadir, Danic
Aboubakar

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN


Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Lugano, Maxwell
Thiago Motta, Matuidi
Menez, Pastore, Nene
Gameiro

Valenciennes manager Daniel Sanchez has injuries to contend with ahead of the visit of Paris Saint-Germain to the Stade du Hainaut.

Goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau is doubtful with a chest injury with Jose Saez (ankle) and Benjamin Angoua (knee) expected to sit out of Sunday's encounter along with Kenny Lala and Gregory Pujol who also sit out against Carlo Ancelotti's men.

Nevertheless, a boost to the hosts arrives in the form of Carlos Sanchez, with the midfielder completing his nine-match suspension in time to make himself available.

PSG are unlikely to tinker with the side that re-ignited their Ligue 1 title campaign with victory over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday. Zoumana Camara and Sylvain Armand started at the back in place of Siaka Tiene and Milan Bisevac. Ancelotti is expected to revert back to the Ivorian, who could start alongside Diego Lugano.

Captain Mamadou Sakho returns from a one-match ban after his sending off against Lille, though the France international has been overlooked by the Italian trainer, and could well be left on the bench. Up front, there should be no changes with either Nene or Kevin Gameiro leading the line with top spot up for grabs on Sunday evening.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valenciennes are 12th in Ligue 1, with 40 points after their 4-1 defeat to Lyon on Wednesday.

  • A point could mathematically secure the club's Ligue 1 status for next season.

  • Daniel Sanchez's men are winless in their last four games against the capital club.

  • Valenciennes are only one of six sides (alongside the top four, and Toulouse) who have won more than ten home games this season.

  • PSG are second in Ligue 1, three points behind Montpellier after picking up their 20th win of the campaign on Wednesday.

  • Les Parisiens could go top on goal difference with victory at Stade du Hainaut.

  • Carlo Ancelotti's men have picked up 20 league wins - the most they have achieved for eight seasons.

  • PSG have won just a quarter of their away games under Carlo Ancelotti.

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Available Squads
1Nicolas PenneteauGoalkeeper
4GilDefender
33Nicolas Isimat Mirin Defender
26G. BongDefender
25Rudy MaterDefender
-C. SánchezMidfielder
20Gaël DanicMidfielder
12Remi GomisMidfielder
14Foued KadirMidfielder
10Renaud CohadeMidfielder
9Vincent AboubakarStriker
-Arnaud BrocardGoalkeeper
13Mody TraoréMidfielder
2David DucourtiouxMidfielder
10Mathieu DosseviMidfielder
-Pape Abdou CamaraMidfielder
23Jose SaezMidfielder
27Mamadou SamassaStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Loic LandreDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
19NenêMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
2Diego LuganoDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
5Mathieu BodmerMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
11Kevin GameiroStriker

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