Paris Saint-Germain-Montpellier Preview: Ancelotti's men aim to consolidate top spot ahead of Barcelona visit
The hosts take on the side that beat them to last year's title, as the capital club hope for a smooth victory ahead of their much-anticipated Champions League quarter-final
By Mohammed Ali
Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Lucas Moura, Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore
Congre, Hilton, El Kaoutari, Bedimo
Camara, Belhanda, Utaka
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted his side's focus remains on Montpellier for now, despite the prospect of a Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona on the horizon.
Nevertheless, the Italian trainer is likely to field his strongest possible side, as they aim to pull further clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table as we enter the final phase of the season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was cleared to play in Tuesday's game by Uefa, and he'll also start against the champions on Friday evening, with Lucas Moura set to recover from the ankle problem he suffered three weeks ago against Nancy.
David Beckham is unlikely to feature having just returned from an ambassadorial trip to China, with Marco Verratti set to hold off Clement Chantome for a starting berth.
Outgoing Montpellier coach Rene Girard has no fresh injury worries, though his side appears considerably weaker when compared to the 1-1 draw the champions managed against PSG in November. Abdelhamid El Kaoutari's run in defence continues, as Daniel Congre maintains his position in an unfamiliar right-back role.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Paris Saint-Germain's hopes of securing a first Ligue 1 title since 1994 look good, as they sit seven points clear of challengers Lyon, with just 24 left on offer.
- Les Parisiens have won just two of their last 11 games against Montpellier at the Parc des Princes.
- Nevertheless, PSG have found the net in each of the last 11 games against the champions.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been involved in more than half of his side's goals in Ligue 1 - with 25 goals and 5 assists (30 out of 53).
- Montpellier sit seventh in Ligue 1 after a fantastic recent run of form catapulted them to within six points of third-place Marseille. They have not won their last two games, however.
- The champions have scored in all but one of their last 14 away fixtures in Ligue 1 this season.
- Montpellier's last five league games at the Parc des Princes have seen an average of 4.6 goals a game.
Top 3 Predictions
Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Montpellier Herault SC
- 12.77 %
Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Montpellier Herault SC
- 12.77 %
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Montpellier Herault SC
- 12.25 %
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||09 Aug 2013||Montpellier Herault SC 1 - Paris Saint-Germain 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||29 Mar 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 1 - Montpellier Herault SC 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||11 Nov 2012||Montpellier Herault SC 1 - Paris Saint-Germain 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||19 Feb 2012||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - Montpellier Herault SC 2|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||24 Sep 2011||Montpellier Herault SC 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 3|
|07 Dec 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 5 - FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 0||Lig1|
|04 Dec 2013||Evian Thonon Gaillard 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 0||Lig1|
|01 Dec 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 4 - Olympique Lyonnais 0||Lig1|
|27 Nov 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - Olympiakos Piraeus 1||UCL|
|23 Nov 2013||Stade de Reims 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 3||Lig1|
|Montpellier Herault SC|
|08 Dec 2013||Toulouse FC 1 - Montpellier Herault SC 1||Lig1|
|04 Dec 2013||Montpellier Herault SC 0 - FC Lorient 2||Lig1|
|29 Nov 2013||Olympique de Marseille 2 - Montpellier Herault SC 0||Lig1|
|23 Nov 2013||Montpellier Herault SC 1 - EA Guingamp 1||Lig1|
|09 Nov 2013||Valenciennes FC 1 - Montpellier Herault SC 1||Lig1|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
|5||Vitorino Hilton da Silva||Defender|
|21||Abdelhamid El Kaoutari||Defender|
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