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Ligue 1

  • August 22, 2014
  • • 2:30 PM
  • • Parc des Sports, Annecy
  • Referee: B. Bastien
  • • Attendance: 14600

Ligue 1 Preview: Evian - Paris Saint-Germain

Ligue 1 Preview: Evian - Paris Saint-Germain

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is facing six weeks on the sidelines with an injury, but the striker should not be missed against Ligue 1's basement boys.

Paris Saint-Germain is expecting a tough test on Friday against a fired up Evian side which has given the champions problems in recent times.

Evian will be desperate for an upturn in fortunes against the Ligue 1 champions in Annecyin after a dismal start to the season.

If a 3-0 home defeat to Caen in its season-opener was not bad enough, Evian was hammered 6-2 by Rennes on Saturday to leave the team rooted to the bottom of the table.

A defense that has conceded nine goals in two league games is sure to have PSG forwards Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi rubbing their hands together.

There will be no Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as the PSG talisman is expected to miss up to six weeks after injuring his rib in a 2-0 win against Bastia on Saturday.

Cavani has been regularly linked with moves away from the French capital in the close-season, but Ibrahimovic's short-term absence means he is now likely to stay at the club.

Ibrahimovic was not the only player to suffer injury on Saturday, with Thiago Motta having his nose broken by a headbutt from Bastia striker Brandao in the tunnel, while defender Gregory van der Wiel went off with a back problem.

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Neither Motta nor van der Wiel are expected to feature against Evian, a side which has lost just one of its last four home matches against PSG, while captain Thiago Silva is definitely ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Evian beat PSG 2-0 in December last year, a result that ended the club's 36-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Neither of the scorers on that occasion – Clarck N'Sikulu and Modou Sougou – started for Evian in its loss at Rennes.

PSG defender Lucas Digne is wary of the threat posed by out-of-sorts Evian despite the team's poor start.

"Last year we lost 2-0. But the match was a bit special because it was played on a frozen pitch," Digne told PSG TV.

"On Friday it will be another tough game and that's what we're [expecting].

"They will be out to try and push us around, like they have tried to do in recent years. Like every away match, we will be looking to impose our football to win."

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