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Paris Saint-Germain - Bordeaux Preview: Hosts aiming to overcome frustrating start against in-form Les Girondins

Carlo Ancelotti's side have started the season sluggishly, and will be wary of the visitors, who have won their last eight Ligue 1 games in a row

By Mohammed Ali

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  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN


Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Matuidi, Verratti
Menez, Pastore, Nene
Gameiro

GIRONDINS DE BORDEAUX



Carrasso
Mariano, Ciani, Planus, Tremoulinas
Ben Khalfallah, Sane, Sertic, Maurice-Belay
Obraniak
Gouffran


Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will have to make do without Ezequiel Lavezzi after the ex-Napoli player was shown a straight red card in Sunday's frustrating 0-0 draw with Ajaccio. The Argentine forward has been suspended for three games (one suspended) with Ancelotti summoned to a disciplinary hearing on September 13 for his own dismissal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains doubtful after missing the trip to Stade Francois Coty with an ankle injury, with Kevin Gameiro on standby to replace him should the Swede fail a late fitness test. Goalkeeper Nicholas Douchez and Mohamed Sissoko are still sidelined.

New signing Thiago Silva could be in line for his debut, albeit from the bench after being unveiled only on Friday, while Thiago Motta began training this week after suffering a hamstring problem during the Euro 2012 final.

Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot is set to welcome back Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil and Landry N'Guemo, who returned to the squad in Thursday's Europa League play-off draw with Red Star Belgrade.

Mathieu Chalme, Kevin Olimpa, Henrique, Abdou Traore and David Bellion all continue rehabilitation with their respective injuries, though les Girondins should largely field the same XI that beat Rennes 1-0 on matchday two.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Paris Saint-Germain sit 12th in the Ligue 1 table, amassing just two points from their first two games.
  • Les Parisiens have won 17 of their 38 meetings against Bordeaux in the French capital.
  • This fixture last season ended 1-1 on week 29, with Guillaume Hoarau netting an 81st-minute equaliser.
  • Bordeaux sit in fourth place after winning both of their opening games, to join SC Bastia, Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille on six points.
  • Francis Gillot's charges have won their last eight Ligue 1 games in a row, stretching back to the tail-end of last season, since a 2-2 draw with Nancy in April.
  • If the Ligue 1 table were to represent games played only in 2012, Bordeaux would be second, three points ahead of PSG,


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Available Squads
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
19NenêMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
31Adrien RabiotMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
-Ronan Le CromGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
7Jérémy MenezMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
11Kevin GameiroStriker
16Cédric CarrassoGoalkeeper
2Michael CianiDefender
3HenriqueDefender
6Ludovic SanéDefender
23Florian MarangeDefender
-MarianoDefender
-Ludovic ObraniakMidfielder
7Landry N'GuemoMidfielder
10JussiêStriker
14Cheick Tidiane DiabatéStriker
20Henri SaivetStriker
30Kevin OlimpaGoalkeeper
27Marc PlanusDefender
28Benoit TremoulinasDefender
8Jaroslav PlasilMidfielder
19Nicolas Maurice-BelayMidfielder
26Gregory SerticMidfielder
11Yoan GouffranMidfielder
Players to Watch
Marco Verratti
Marco Verratti
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
26 0 9 0
The young Italian swapped Pescara for the French capital this summer in a €12m deal, and has already proven to Carlo Ancelotti the type of form which prompted the runners-up to part with such an outlay for the talented midfielder. Verratti was composed and efficient on matchday one and showed glimpses of brilliance when he came off the bench against Ajaccio last weekend. One wonders how he will perform when given a full 90 minutes, though the teenager has already won a few fans in Ligue 1.
Ludovic Obraniak
Ludovic Obraniak
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Polish international has started the season on a high, already bagging two goals against Evian and Rennes and will be hoping to score in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. Obraniak has been a real key player for Les Girondins since his switch from Lille in January, and it's no surprise that it coincides with the rich vein of form his club are enjoying currently. A tactical, and at times flamboyant player, Obraniak will be the main instigator of opportunities for the likes of Gouffran.
Prediction
Paris Saint-Germain might've begun their league campaign on an unconvincing note, but what better way to kick-start the campaign with a home victory over a side who possess the best run of form in the division. Nevertheless, Bordeaux represent a formidable outfit, with coach Francis Gillot moulding his side well to sustain pressure. A draw would be the most likely result, although don't rule out a home victory.
Editor's Prediction
PSG 1
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