Paris Saint-Germain - Bordeaux Preview: Ancelotti's men aim to bounce back and extend unbeaten league run
The Ligue 1 leaders welcome les Girondins to the Parc des Princes on the back of a demoralising cup defeat in midweek to Lyon as they seek to increase their lead at the summit
By Mohammed Ali
Ceara, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Menez, Pastore, Nene
GIRONDINS DE BORDEAUX
Henrique, Planus, Ciani
Mariano, N'Guemo, Tremoulinas
Plasil, Diabate, Obraniak
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will welcome back Mohamed Sissoko and Nene for Ligue 1 duty, although the latter featured in Wednesday's 3-1 Coupe de France quarter-final against Olympique Lyonnais - Ancelotti's first defeat as manager.
With only the league to play for this season for les Parisiens, the onus is on the side to produce a strong run until the end of the season, starting with Sunday's game against les Girondins.
There are no major injury concerns, with Maxwell expected to replace Siaka Tiene on the left flank. Kevin Gameiro started ahead of Guillaume Hoarau in attack in the cup in midweek, though after another ineffective performance, was hauled off in favour of the No. 9, who is in line to continue his run in the first-team.
Bordeaux manager Francis Gillot has been dealt a blow with the news that Yoan Gouffran is out with a sprained ankle, and will miss two weeks of competitive action. Lamine Sane is also sidelined for les Girondins who are pushing to secure a spot in the Europa League as Ligue 1 enters its final stage.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in their last 13 Ligue 1 games, currently the best run of all the 20 teams in the division.
- Despite these statistics, les Parisiens have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last six games.
- Carlo Ancelotti's men sit just two points ahead of Montpellier in the race for the title.
- Bordeaux have only lost two of their last seven games away to PSG in all competitions.
- Les Girondins have scored at least once in their last seven matches against PSG.
- Francis Gillot's men earned a 1-1 draw against the league leaders in the corresponding fixture earlier this season in November.
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|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Jan 31, 2014||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - Bordeaux 0|
|France - Coupe de la Ligue (FRLC)||Jan 14, 2014||Bordeaux 1 - Paris Saint-Germain 3|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Sep 13, 2013||Bordeaux 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 2|
|France - Trophee des Champions(Super Cup) (FRAT)||Aug 3, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - Bordeaux 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Jan 20, 2013||Bordeaux 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 1|
|Mar 8, 2014||SC Bastia 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 3||FRA1|
|Mar 2, 2014||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - Olympique de Marseille 0||FRA1|
|Feb 23, 2014||Toulouse FC 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 4||FRA1|
|Feb 18, 2014||Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 4||UCL|
|Feb 14, 2014||Paris Saint-Germain 3 - Valenciennes FC 0||FRA1|
|-||Mohamed Lamine Sissoko||Midfielder|
|14||Cheick Tidiane Diabaté||Striker|
|18||Fahid Ben Khalfallah||Midfielder|