SC Bastia - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side aim to continue good run of form against promoted hosts
The home side are on a run of three consecutive defeats, and will have to be at their best to match the expensively-assembled visitors, who are starting to hit top gear
By Mohammed Ali
Choplin, Mary, Marchal, Harek
Maoulida, Thauvin, Palmieri
Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Verratti, Matuidi, Chantome
Bastia coach Frederic Hantz is likely to name the same side that turned out in a crushing 3-0 defeat to Evian last weekend.
The Corsican outfit have former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder and France international Jerome Rothen in their ranks, who was a popular figure of les Parisiens for most of the last decade.
Anthony Modeste will lead the line, despite an unspectacular start to the Ligue 1 season, but the impact player will be Wahib Khazri, who has impressed off the bench.
PSG, meanwhile, are on a roll following a crushing 4-1 Champions League win against Dinamo Kiev on Tuesday.
Thiago Silva capped his PSG debut with a well-taken goal, and is expected to partner Alex at centre-back, with Mamadou Sakho is still suffering from a knock to his left thigh, joining Thiago Motta on the sidelines.
Ezequiel Lavezzi has been ruled out of action for 10 days after taking a blow to his thigh, despite only featuring as a substitute and Javier Pastore trained individually on Thursday.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bastia have lost their last three Ligue 1 games, despite starting with a 100 per cent record.
- The hosts have not kept a clean sheet in each of their last eight league games (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2).
- Frederic Hantz's men are currently enduring their worst run of form in Ligue 1 since December 2004.
- PSG sit in fourth place after beating Toulouse 2-0 in their last Ligue 1 outing.
- Les Parisiens thrashed Dinamo Kiev 4-1 in midweek, the perfect return to the Champions League after an absence of almost eight years.
- Carlo Ancelotti's side won five and drew one of six games against promoted sides in Ligue 1 last season.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored five out of the six goals PSG have mustered so far this season.
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Top 3 Predictions
SC Bastia 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain
- 17.57 %
SC Bastia 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain
- 15.65 %
SC Bastia 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain
- 12 %
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Oct 19, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 4 - SC Bastia 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Feb 8, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 3 - SC Bastia 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Sep 22, 2012||SC Bastia 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 4|
|Dec 8, 2013||SC Bastia 1 - Olympique Lyonnais 3||FRA1|
|Dec 4, 2013||AC Ajaccio 1 - SC Bastia 1||FRA1|
|Dec 1, 2013||SC Bastia 2 - Evian Thonon Gaillard 0||FRA1|
|Nov 23, 2013||FC Sochaux 1 - SC Bastia 1||FRA1|
|Nov 9, 2013||SC Bastia 1 - Stade Rennais FC 0||FRA1|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
The goalkeeper has not had the best of times against attackers of late, with Bastia shipping nine goals in their last three games. Nevertheless, Macedo Novaes is capable of top saves and important blocks when it matters, and it matters most against PSG.
The former Pescara midfielder has exploded onto the European scene with a number of impressive performances in midfield, keeping the normally defensive Mohamed Sissoko out after returning form injury. Touted as a "Xavi-Pirlo" hybrid, Marco Verratti has shown maturity far beyond his 19 years, and his killer pass through defences has been an important strength of Ancelotti's side.
Unsurprisingly, Carlo Ancelotti's side are huge favourites, and should really be winning these types of games if they are to announce themselves as Ligue 1 contenders. Form-wise, the Parisian side have been improving, with the first-half against Dinamo Kiev testament to their progress and as a result this should be a routine three points.
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