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November 23, 2013 11:00 AM EST
Stade Auguste-Delaune II — Reims
Referee:‬ B. Bastien‎
Attendance:‬ 20666‎
 
 
Lucas 25′
 
 

Ligue 1 Preview: Reims - Paris Saint-Germain

Cavani is unlikely to start as he will only return from international duty on Friday morning, with les Parisiens looking to maintain their lead at the top of Ligue 1.

Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva - Paris Saint-Germain
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will get the opportunity to take his frustration out on Reims when Paris Saint-Germain travels to Stade Auguste Delaune but fellow forward Edinson Cavani is unlikely to start.

The prolific striker scored twice in Sweden's World Cup playoff second-leg defeat to Portugal at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, with Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick sealing a 4-2 aggregate win for the visiting side as well as passage to Brazil.

Ibrahimovic has scored 16 goals in his last 10 games in all competitions and coach Laurent Blanc is convinced that the former Barcelona man is ready to turn his attention back to helping PSG challenge for honors.

Cavani, meanwhile, will feature in the World Cup after Uruguay drew 0-0 with Jordan in the second leg of their playoff on Wednesday to seal a 5-0 overall success, but he may be rested this weekend.

Blanc revealed that the former Napoli man is due back from international duty on Friday morning and hinted that he is unlikely to be thrust straight back into Ligue 1 action.

The former France coach also revealed that Marco Verratti could be back in contention after recovering from a knee injury.

PSG remains unbeaten in the French top flight and has a four-point lead over Lille ahead of their clash with sixth-placed Reims on Saturday.

The home side had won three consecutive Ligue 1 games before it was held to a goalless draw at struggling Lorient prior to the international break.

Hubert Fournier's side has been beaten only twice in the league and would be in an even more lofty position had the club been able to convert some of its seven draws into victories.

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