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Ligue 1

  • January 11, 2014
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Stade François Coty, Ajaccio
  • Referee: N. Rainville
  • • Attendance: 6721

Ligue 1 Preview: Ajaccio - Paris Saint-Germain

Ligue 1 Preview: Ajaccio - Paris Saint-Germain

PSG will be looking to in-form forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic to continue his goalscoring heroics having scored a hat-trick in midweek

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will fancy his chances of continuing his rich vein of goalscoring form when Paris Saint-Germain meets Ajaccio on Saturday.

The Sweden international striker's hat trick heroics in the 5-2 Coupe de France win over Brest midweek took him to 27 goals for PSG this season.

Next up is the opportunity for Ibrahimovic to net against bottom-of-the-table Ajaccio for the first time, and his recent exploits suggest that could happen this weekend as Ligue 1 leader PSG looks to set the pace ahead of Monaco and Lille.

Laurent Blanc's side has only lost once in the league this season and, although PSG had to rescue a point in its last league outing against Lille prior to the winter break, the defending champions will be confident of returning to winning ways in Corsica.

Ajaccio has one league win to its name this season, which came against Olympique Lyonnais in September, and is currently on a 12-game run without a victory in the French top flight. Things looked set to get even worse when it trailed minnow Quimperle, six leagues below it, in Sunday's Coupe de France meeting, but Ajaccio battled back to win 2-1.

Victory over Brest in the club's first competitive game after the midseason break meant PSG booked its place in the last 16 of the same competition as the club continued its fight for silverware on four fronts.

Ajaccio has drawn its last three meetings with PSG and was within four minutes of securing a memorable victory when the two clubs met in the second weekend of the season.

Benoit Pedretti had given Ajaccio a ninth-minute lead at the Parc des Princes, but the visitors had to settle for a point due to Edinson Cavani's late equalizer.

Bracconi has five players unavailable for the clash, including forward Dennis Oliech (back) and Pedretti (calf), while PSG only has concerns over Marco Verratti (groin) and Christophe Jallet (back).

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