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October 27, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard — Saint-Ètienne
Referee:‬ R. Buquet‎
Attendance:‬ 32807‎
 

Saint-Etienne-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Blanc's men on the march

Les Parisiens haven't tasted defeat in 20 matches and, with 15 goals scored in just five games, they look too hot to handle for a side with just one win in five

By Nicholas McGee

Saint-Etienne's Fabien Lemoine and PSG's Blaise Matuidi compete for the ball
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Paris Saint-Germain will be out to continue their extraordinary run of form and stay top of Ligue 1 when they travel to Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

PSG have not tasted defeat in any competition in their last 20 matches and occupy top spot following their 4-0 demolition of Bastia last weekend. 

Laurent Blanc's men backed up that success with a 5-0 rout of Anderlecht in the Champions League, thanks to four goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Sweden international and strike partner Edinson Cavani have scored 19 goals between them so far this season, and they should be confident of adding to that tally against a side that has won just one of its last five.

However, Saint-Etienne took four points off PSG last term, winning 2-1 at the Parc des Princes before holding the capital club to a 2-2 draw at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard.

The champions will be seeking revenge for their loss in 2012-13, but will have to do it without captain Thiago Silva, who is still recovering from a thigh injury.

Defender Christophe Jallet (calf) and attacking midfielder Javier Pastore (thigh) are also on the sidelines.

However, Blanc will be able to call on the midfield pairing of Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta, who are set to return from domestic suspension.

Saint-Etienne have not beaten PSG at home in the league since 2008, when they claimed 1-0 victory.

And Christophe Galtier's side will attempt to end that run without experienced defender Jonathan Brison, who misses out as he continues to struggle with match fitness.

But striker Mevlut Erding has been passed fit to play as les Verts look to continue their fine goalscoring form, with only PSG and Monaco surpassing their total of 15 strikes.



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France - Ligue 1 ‎(FRA1)‎ Oct 27, 2013 AS Saint-Etienne 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 2
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France - Ligue 1 ‎(FRA1)‎ Mar 17, 2013 AS Saint-Etienne 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 2
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Available Squads
16Stéphane RuffierGoalkeeper
4Kurt ZoumaDefender
13Faouzi GhoulamDefender
24Loïc PerrinMidfielder
29François ClercDefender
6Jérémy ClémentMidfielder
11Benjamin Corgnet Midfielder
18Fabien LemoineMidfielder
21Romain HamoumaMidfielder
9BrandaoStriker
26Yohann MolloStriker
30Jessy MoulinGoalkeeper
26M. Bayal Defender
10Renaud CohadeMidfielder
5Franck TabanouMidfielder
31Ismael DiomandeMidfielder
7Max-Alain GradelStriker
11Mevlut ErdingStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
15MarquinhosDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
3Lucas DigneDefender
7Jérémy MenezMidfielder
31Adrien RabiotMidfielder
-LucasMidfielder
-Hervin OngendaStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
25 6
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
Striker
PSG
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
Striker
Lyon
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
FC Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
Striker
Marseille
14 1