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  • March 6, 2013
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PSG win Aggregate 3 - 2

Champions League Preview: Paris Saint-Germain - Valencia

The Ligue 1 leaders suffered a shock defeat at the weekend, but will be hoping to book a spot in the last eight for the first time since 1994-95 against Ernesto Valverde's men

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Lucas Moura, Matuidi, Chantome, Pastore
Lavezzi, Gameiro
VALENCIA

Alves
Pereira, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu, Guardado
Parejo, T Costa
Feghouli, Banega, Jonas
Soldado

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is without suspended duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti for the Champions League clash against Valencia on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic's red card in stoppage time in the first leg sees him banned for two games by UEFA, though the French club has appealed a possible ban for the quarterfinals. The Swede, who featured in the shocking 1-0 defeat to Reims at the weekend, is set to be replaced by Kevin Gameiro.

Verratti's replacement is undecided however. David Beckham is in line to make his first Champions League appearance since a 4-0 defeat for AC Milan to Manchester United in 2010, with Clement Chantome also in the mix.

Thiago Silva is unlikely to be thrown straight back into action, as Ancelotti is expected to make do with Mamadou Sakho and Alex, with Christophe Jallet on the brink of a return ahead of a disappointing Gregory van der Wiel.

Meanwhile, Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde is set to play Frenchman Jeremy Mathieu in defense for the trip to Paris following injuries to Ricardo Costa and Adil Rami, both of whom are not in the 19-man group.

Sofiane Feghouli - born in Paris - should play, with Roberto Soldado leading the line as the Spaniards aim to put an end to PSG's dream of Wembley.


  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Paris Saint-Germain, which last made it into the quarterfinals in 1994-95, has won its last five games in the competition.
  • The Ligue 1 leaders are unbeaten in 22 home fixtures in Europe, since a 4-2 defeat to Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2006.
  • Les Parisiens have scored all 16 of their Champions League goals inside the box.
  • The next goal PSG concedes will be the 50th against the club in Champions League/European Cup history.
  • Valencia's first-leg defeat ended a 17-game unbeaten run against Ligue 1 opposition.
  • On the three occasions that Valencia has suffered a first-leg defeat in UEFA competition, it has gone on to lose every tie.
  • Ernesto Valverde will be hoping to steer the club to its first quarterfinal since 2006-07, when it was eliminated by Chelsea.
  • Thiago Silva, Blaise Matuidi (PSG) and Antonio Barragan, Vicente Guaita and Tino Costa are all within a booking of suspension.
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30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
-LucasMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
32David BeckhamMidfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker
30GuaitaGoalkeeper
20Aly CissokhoDefender
19BarragánDefender
18Víctor RuizDefender
24Jérémy MathieuDefender
-AlbeldaMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
10ParejoMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
12João PereiraDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
11Pablo PiattiStriker
18Haedo ValdézStriker
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