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UEFA Champions League

  • October 23, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stade Constant Vanden Stock, Bruxelles (Brussel)
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 18465

PSG players celebrate

Champions League Preview: Anderlecht - Paris Saint-Germain

PSG players celebrate


The in-form Ligue 1 leader has not tasted defeat in Europe's premier club competition for over a year and will be confident of making it three wins from three in Group C.

Paris Saint-Germain will look to extend its unbeaten streak in the Champions League to 11 matches when the club visits Anderlecht on Wednesday.

The French champion will travel to Brussels in a buoyant mood, having not tasted defeat in Europe's premier club competition for more than a year.

PSG was knocked out of last year's Champions League by Barcelona at the quarterfinal stage, but exited on away goals after both legs were drawn.

Laurent Blanc's side has made a superb start to the current Champions League campaign, with wins over Olympiakos and Anderlecht putting the club top of Group C.

Thiago Motta – who has completed more passes than anyone else in this season's group stage – scored a double in the 4-1 win in Greece.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was then on target twice in a 3-0 success against Benfica earlier this month as PSG continued to impress.

The Ligue 1 leader is considered to be among the favourites to win the Champions League, with the strike force of Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi likely to pose problems for any defense.

The team has scored in each of its last 28 matches, with the last time PSG was held coinciding with its last defeat in regulation time. That came in March, when Grzegorz Krychowiak's second-half goal gave Reims a shock 1-0 victory.

PSG did bow out of the French Cup at the quarterfinal stage in April, but that came as a result of a penalty shootout loss to Evian.

Brazilian Marquinhos has scored in both of PSG's Champions League outings this season and will be hoping to continue his good form, while midfielders Motta and Marco Verratti are available again following suspensions.

However, PSG will be without defender Thiago Silva, who is still struggling with a hamstring injury, Javier Pastore and Christophe Jallet.

In stark contrast to PSG's run in the Champions League, Anderlecht has won just two of its last 10 matches in the competition.

The club has also lost both of its Group C fixtures this season, following up a 2-0 reverse at Benfica with a particularly disappointing 3-0 home defeat against Olympiakos.

Qualification for the round of 16 already appears a tough ask for the Belgian side, which has made its worst start to a league season in 15 years.

The team did win on Friday, however, with Chancel Mbemba's first goal for the club aiding a 2-0 victory over Mons that left Anderlecht fifth in the Pro League.

Young midfielder Youri Tielemans played the full 90 minutes against Mons and is set to feature again when PSG visits.

Tielemans became the third-youngest player to feature in the Champions League when, at the age of 16 years and 148 days, he started against Olympiakos.

Silvio Proto (ankle) is likely to miss out for Anderlecht, while Ronald Vargas (knee) is not expected to recover from surgery until next month.

MasterCard is excited to present episode one of the Priceless Memories UEFA Champions League video series. See what Liverpool legend Didi Hamann has to say about the infamous 2005 final!

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