Ligue 1 Preview: PSG - Stade Brestois
The big-spending club from the French capital are looking to win for a third straight league game against a Brest side, still looking for their first victory in Ligue 1.
By Mohammed Ali
|Paris Saint Germain (4-2-3-1): Sirigu, Ceará, Biševac, Sakho, Tiéné, Chantome, Matuidi, Menez, Pastore, Nene, Gameiro;
PSG coach Antoine Koumboure is set to welcome back Mamadou Sakho for the visit of Stade Brestois to the capital. The young French international has been sidelined for the past three weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up in the 1-1 draw with Rennes on matchday two. Christophe Jallet is also back after missing out with a thigh strain.
Uruguay captain Diego Lugano was a transfer deadline day signing from Fenerbahce and is in line to make his debut for Les Parisiens, albeit probably from the bench. The only main injury concern for the capital club is striker Guillaume Hoarau, who is sidelined with a damaged right shoulder. Kevin Gameiro, who has three goals in four this season, and the already impressive Javier Pastore will again be the source of goals for PSG after the Argentine's double assist against Toulouse before the inte break.
Stade Brestois (4-3-3): Elana; Coulibaly, Bayasse, Zebina, Gent'ti; Poyet, Grougi, Culma, Lesoimier; Basat, Roux;
Stade Brestois' manager Alex Dupont has more than a lengthening injury list to mull over. Jonathan Ayite is struggling with a calf strain and isn't expected back for three weeks. Brahim Ferradj is out until 2012 with a torn knee ligament. Moise Brou Apanga is out with a damaged knee cartilage and won't be expected back until mid-October.
Defenders Omar Daf and Ahmed Kantari are sidelined with a knee and Achilles injury respectively. Johan Martial, Larsen Toure and Gregory Lorenzi round off an overcrowded physio room at Stade Francis Le Ble. Nolan Roux is expected to lead the line for the visitors.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Paris Saint Germain needed two 90th-minute goals to beat Toulouse 3-1 at Stadium Municipal on matchday four.
- Les Parisiens are third in Ligue 1, two points behind pacesetters Montpellier.
- Should Antoine Koumbouare's side record a third sucessive win, it'll be the first time they've achieved that feat since August 2009.
- New signing Kevin Gameiro is the side's top scorer, with three league goals in his quartet of games with one in the Europa League qualifiers too.
- Les Parisiens begin their Europa League group campaign against Austrian outfit Salzburg on Thursday night in a pool which also contains Slovan Bratislava and Athletic Bilbao.
- Stade Brestois were held to a 0-0 draw with Nice in their last league game.
- Alex Dupont's men have drawn all four games in Ligue 1 this season, and occupy 15th place in the standings.
- Sunday's visitors suffered early elimination from the Coupe de La Ligue after losing 3-2 to Caen despite a brace from Nolan Roux.
- This fixture last season ended in a 3-1 victory for the Parisiens. Goals from Nene, Mathieu Bodmer and Ludovic Giuly ensured three points.
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Top 3 Predictions
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- 20.64 %
Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Stade Brestois 29
- 17.46 %
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|9||Eden Ben Basat||Striker|