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March 4, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ N. Rainville‎
Attendance:‬ 44510‎
90+1′ Nenê

Paris Saint-Germain – Ajaccio Preview: Ancelotti's men must recover after losing top spot

Les Parisiens have been knocked off their Championnat-leading perch after a 4-4 draw with Lyon, and they will begin their game of catch-up against a team in surprising form

By Robin Bairner

Ligue 1 : Kevin Gameiro & Guillaume Hoarau (Olympique Lyonnais vs Paris SG)



Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Motta, Sissoko
Menez, Pastore, Nene


Diawara, Medjani, Poulard, Bouhours
Mostefa, Pierazzi
Andre, Cavalli, Tiberi

Carlo Ancelotti will have a very strong unit to select from for this clash. Milan Bisevac remains doubtful, but otherwise the Italian can call upon all of his top players, with Ceara and Christophe Jallet having shaken off problems to feature in the squad last weekend.

Not too many changes are anticipated from the team that drew 4-4 with Olympique Lyonnais, with Guillaume Hoarau, who struck twice last weekend, and Javier Pastore liable to retain their spots in the starting XI.

Ajaccio may start this game with a more defensive outlook than they have had in recent times, but they will travel to the capital with a group of players who have achieved strong results in 2012. Fabrice Begeorgi remains a long-term absentee, having seriously injured his knee earlier in the season, while on-loan Marseille defender Leyti N’Diaye is unlikely to play any part.


  • Last weekend’s dramatic 4-4 draw with Lyon at Stade Gerland opened the door for Montpellier to snatch the leadership of Ligue 1 from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Les Parisiens only avoided their first defeat under Ancelotti thanks to a dramatic late header from Hoarau, who had earlier opened the scoring with a neat finish.

  • The last time that PSG tasted defeat was in the first week of December, when they lost to Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League, 14 matches ago.

  • PSG have scored exactly twice the number of goals that their visitors have at Parc des Princes this season, notching 24 in 13 games in front of their home fans.

  • On Sunday, they will attempt to end a three-game streak of draws in the league.

  • Over the course of the last eight Ligue 1 fixtures, Ajaccio have the second-best form in the league, winning 17 points. Montpellier's record is superior on goal difference.

  • Their only defeat in that time came away against league leaders, who smashed them 3-0.

  • Before embarking on this run, Ajaccio sat rock-bottom of the table with only one win to their credit.

  • They actually won 4-2 in their last trip to PSG, but that was in 2006 and represents their only success in six attempts.

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30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
7Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
15Siaka TiénéDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
2Diego LuganoDefender
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker
1Francisco Guillermo OchoaGoalkeeper
17Yoann PoulardMidfielder
22Fousseyni DiawaraDefender
26Samuel BouhoursDefender
18Carl MedjaniDefender
7Benjamin AndreMidfielder
80Jean-Baptiste PierazziMidfielder
14M. MostefaMidfielder
18Johan Cavalli Midfielder
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25Anthony LippiniDefender
23Arnaud MaireDefender
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Players to Watch
Guillaume Hoarau
Guillaume Hoarau
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 13
Games Goals YC RC
13 2 0 0
After his deadly double last weekend, Hoarau is firmly in favour at PSG, having spent a frustrating campaign struggling with injury problems. His height caused Lyon a great deal of worry last weekend, and the former Le Havre striker will hope he can be the cause of just as many troubles in the visiting defence on Sunday.
Francisco Guillermo Ochoa
Francisco Guillermo Ochoa
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
32 0 1 0
That Mexico international goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa finds himself at Ajaccio is truly remarkable. Behind only Javier Hernandez in the popularity stakes in his home country, the shot-stopper moved to the Corsicans as they stuck by him when he was accused of having taken performance-enhancing drugs last summer. He is clearly playing below his level with the island side, and he could be the factor that keeps them in Ligue 1 next season.
Although Ajaccio’s recent form has been excellent, while PSG’s has been rather stumbling, Les Parisiens showed enough last weekend to suggest that they’ll be able to win this match with some to spare. Humbled easily by Montpellier away from home, expect the proud visitors to be similarly beaten on Sunday.
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