Paris Saint-Germain - Sochaux Preview: Ancelotti's faltering side aim to resurrect title charge against relegation-threatened visitors
The capital club failed to take advantage of Montpellier's slip-up last weekend as they were held 1-1 against Auxerre, but seek to close the gap against troubled Sochaux
By Mohammed Ali
Jallet, Bisevac, Alex, Tiene
Menez, Pastore, Nene
FC SOCHAUX MONTBELIARD
Corchia, Poujol, Yaya, Sauget
Boudebouz, Martin, Camara
Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has the luxury of a near-fit squad with the only absentee being midfielder Clement Chantome who is still sidelined with a hip injury.
However, Ancelotti is still yet to decide on his best eleven, with team changes and uncertainty witnessed nearly every game, to the point of which club captain Mamadou Sakho being dropped, and even Jeremy Menez filling in the unusual position of centre-forward.
Nevertheless, Kevin Gameiro's display in the 1-1 draw with Auxerre last weekend should see him back in contention, by Momo Sissoko is still banned. Additionally, Ceara and Maxwell are injured.
On the other hand, Sochaux's Eric Hely has a number of injury concerns. Jeremy Brechet (Achilles), Edouard Butin (knee), Steven Mouyokolo (knee), Damien Perquis (elbow) and Yacine Mikari (knee) are all out.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Paris Saint-Germain sit 2nd in Ligue 1 after their 1-1 draw with Auxerre last weekend.
- Les Parisiens have only won once in their last six encounters in all competitions.
- PSG are unbeaten in their last 15 home games against Sochaux in Ligue 1, winning nine.
- Jeremy Menez started his career at Sochaux, making 55 appearances and scoring seven goals
- Sochaux sit 18th in the table, with three wins in their last five games.
- Les Lionceaux have only won three of their last 32 games at the Parc des Princes.
- Sochaux have been in the relegation zone for more than three months.
- The club have scored ten goals in their last six games under Eric Hely, more than in their last 16 games under Mecha Bazdarevic.
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Top 3 Predictions
Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 FC Sochaux
- 15.97 %
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 FC Sochaux
- 12.61 %
Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 FC Sochaux
- 12.61 %
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Dec 7, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 5 - FC Sochaux 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Feb 17, 2013||FC Sochaux 3 - Paris Saint-Germain 2|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Sep 29, 2012||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - FC Sochaux 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Apr 22, 2012||Paris Saint-Germain 6 - FC Sochaux 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Dec 10, 2011||FC Sochaux 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 1|
|Dec 18, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - AS Saint-Etienne 1||FRLC|
|Dec 14, 2013||Stade Rennais FC 1 - Paris Saint-Germain 3||FRA1|
|Dec 10, 2013||Benfica 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 1||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 5 - FC Sochaux 0||FRA1|
|Dec 4, 2013||Evian Thonon Gaillard 2 - Paris Saint-Germain 0||FRA1|
|8||Carlos Alberto Carlaô||Defender|
|31||Joseph Romeric Lopy||Midfielder|
The Serbian international has enjoyed a recent run in the first team under Carlo Ancelotti, and is expected to again line up at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. Bisevac needs to be at the top of his game if he is to stop the pace and creativity of Marvin Martin and Ryad Boudebouz, and propel PSG to the Ligue 1 title, as he explained to the media this week.
With Teddy Richert expected to sit out with a recurrence of the eye injury he suffered, the young Pierrick Cros is in line to take the stage on Sunday afternoon. Cros, who has a handful of league appearances this season was arguably the manof the match in les Lionceaux's 2-1 defeat to Montpellier with a series of important reflex saves and blocks which only highlighted his undoubted ability. PSG might need something special to beat him.
A match PSG cannot afford to lose, or even draw with the end of the season moving into the horizon. Ancelotti's men are a formidable outfit at home, and should record victory.
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