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
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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Top 3 Predictions
AS Saint-Etienne 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain
- 21.69 %
AS Saint-Etienne 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain
- 13.08 %
AS Saint-Etienne 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain
- 10.75 %
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Mar 16, 2014||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - AS Saint-Etienne 0|
|France - Coupe de la Ligue (FRLC)||Dec 18, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - AS Saint-Etienne 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Oct 27, 2013||AS Saint-Etienne 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 2|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Mar 17, 2013||AS Saint-Etienne 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 2|
|France - Coupe de la Ligue (FRLC)||Nov 27, 2012||AS Saint-Etienne 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 0|
|Apr 13, 2014||Stade de Reims 2 - AS Saint-Etienne 2||FRA1|
|Apr 6, 2014||AS Saint-Etienne 1 - OGC Nice 1||FRA1|
|Mar 30, 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 1 - AS Saint-Etienne 2||FRA1|
|Mar 23, 2014||AS Saint-Etienne 3 - FC Sochaux 1||FRA1|
|Mar 16, 2014||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - AS Saint-Etienne 0||FRA1|
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|Returns:||PSG £16.70||Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|