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May 18, 2011 6:00 PM BST
Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas — Bordeaux
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Ligue 1 preview: Bordeaux - Paris Saint-Germain

Beaten Coupe de France finalists can leapfrog Lyon into the third and final Champions League spot if they can beat troubled Bordeaux on Wednesday night.

By Mohammed Ali

Ligue 1 : Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Bordeaux)

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Bordeaux (4-4-2): Carrasso; Chalme, Marange, Planus, Tremoulinas; Menegazzo, Wendel, Plasil, Diabite; Modeste, Jussie

Caretaker coach Eric Bédouet has been tasked with the job of steering the 2009 Ligue 1 champions into a respectable league position. The only absentees are Floyd Ayite, Yoann Gouffran and Abdoulaye Keita, who have all been long-term injury worries.

Paris Saint Germain (4-3-3): Coupet; Ceara, Sakho, Camara, Armand; Makelele, Bodmer, Chantome; Nene, Erding, Hoarau


PSG coach Antoine Koumboure has the luxury of a near full strength squad with Marcos Ceara and Sylvian Armand returning for Saturday's defeat in the Coupe de France final. Peguy Luyindula (ankle) remains an absentee, and is unlikely to play again this season.

  • Bordeaux are on a four-match winless run in which their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League have taken a serious hit.
  • The 2009 champions languish in a disappointing 11th place.
  • Les Girondins lost to relegated Lens in their last match and and only lie four points ahead of the drop zone, with three matches to go.
  • Manager Jean Tigana resigned after the 4-0 home defeat to Sochaux two weeks ago.
  • That defeat was also their heaviest home loss for 34 years.
  • Bordeaux have failed to score in their last three league games, their longest goal drought since 2005-06.
  • PSG can move into the third and final Champions League qualification position if they defeat Bordeaux after Lyon slipped to a draw against Brest on Monday evening.
  • Les Parisiens suffered a 1-0 defeat in the Coupe de France final at the weekend.
  • The capital side were held 2-2 at home to Nancy in their previous league game.
  • PSG have failed to score a single goal in their last four trips to Bordeaux in Ligue 1.
  • Guillaume Hoarau has scored three goals in four league games against Bordeaux.

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Available Squads
16Cédric CarrassoGoalkeeper
21Matthieu ChalméDefender
27Marc PlanusDefender
23Florian MarangeDefender
28Benoit TremoulinasDefender
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
6Ludovic SanéDefender
8Jaroslav PlasilMidfielder
14Cheick Tidiane DiabatéStriker
27Anthony ModesteStriker
2Michael CianiDefender
18Fahid Ben KhalfallahMidfielder
30Kevin OlimpaGoalkeeper
15Vujadin Savic Defender
8Pierre DucasseMidfielder
-Grégory CoupetGoalkeeper
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
6Jérémy ClémentMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jean-Christophe BahebeckStriker
11Mevlut ErdingStriker
15Siaka TiénéDefender
5Mathieu BodmerMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
-Ludovic GiulyStriker
30Apoula Edima EdelGoalkeeper
3Tripy MakondaMidfielder
13Sammy TraoréDefender
Players to Watch
Cédric Carrasso
Cédric Carrasso
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
32 0 0 0
Carrasso will no doubt be an important player in this game, with his task quelling the threat of free-scoring PSG. His ability to control his area, as well as good reflexes will mean that he will be a tough man to beat.
Mevlut Erding
Mevlut Erding
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
23 7 1 0
The Turkish international has scored in two matches running, for the first time this season, and perhaps this could be the beginning of a prolonged run of good form for the much-maligned striker whose partnership with Hoarau has never really developed. His ability to find space as well as considerable shooting power means Erding could well be a thorn in the Bordeaux defence.
Probable Lineups
Cédric Carrasso 16
Matthieu Chalmé 21
Marc Planus 27
Florian Marange 23
Benoit Tremoulinas 28
Alou Diarra 23
Ludovic Sané 6
Fernando 5
Jaroslav Plasil 8
Jussiê 10
Cheick Tidiane Diabaté 14
Grégory Coupet 0
Sylvain Armand 22
Zoumana Camara 6
Mamadou Sakho 17
Ceará 0
Nenê 19
Jérémy Clément 6
Clément Chantôme 20
Christophe Jallet 26
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck 0
Mevlut Erding 11
Bordeaux are no doubt a troubled club, and are long shots in defeating Champions League chasing PSG. With the opportunity of leapfrogging Lyon into third, PSG are looking in good shape to do so with only two games to go.
Editor's Prediction
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Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
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