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February 1, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
Stadium Municipal — Toulouse
Referee:‬ T. Chapron‎
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Toulouse-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men hope to cement Ligue 1 top spot

The capital giants travel to Stadium Municipal to face Alain Casanova's plucky outfit, who will be seeking revenge for last week's cup defeat

By Mohammed Ali

PSG x Toulouse
Loic Venance


Toulouse FC

Ninkov, Aurier, Yago, M'Bengue
Braaten, Didot, Sirieix, Tabanou
Ben Yedder

Jallet, Armand, Sakho, Maxwell
Lucas Moura, Matuidi, Verratti, Menez
Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova possesses a defensive dilemma ahead of the visit of Paris Saint-Germain to Stadium Municipal on Friday evening.

With Aymen Abdennour at the Africa Cup of Nations with Tunisia, and Jonathan Zebina still on the sidelines with injury, it leaves 20-year-old Steeve Yago as the only first-team centre-back remaining in the squad. Both Etienne Capoue and Serge Aurier have filled in that role in recent weeks, and it will be up to Casanova to again draft in players in unfamiliar positions.

With Moussa Sissoko now departed to Newcastle United, Etienne Didot will become a mainstay in midfield, with the threatening Franck Tabanou and Wissam Ben Yedder aiming to continue their fruitful relationship.

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has been dealt a blow with the news that Thiago Motta is out "for at least 10 days" following his injury in the 1-0 win over Lille on Sunday.

Marco Verratti should continue his alongside Blaise Matuidi, with Thiago Silva's absence meaning Sylvain Armand - who captained the side last week - will start at centre-back.


  • Toulouse sit tenth in the Ligue 1 table, but are unbeaten in their last four league encounters.
  • Le Tefece have not beaten PSG in a competitive fixture since October 2009, with les Parisiens winning all seven encounters since.
  • Toulouse were dumped out of the Coupe de France by Ancelotti's side last week thanks to goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi, Kevin Gameiro and Javier Pastore.
  • PSG sit top of Ligue 1 - albeit only on goal difference - from Olympique Lyonnais.
  • Les Parisiens have not lost a competitive fixture since their December 1 defeat to Nice.
  • That game was the last time Salvatore Sirigu conceded a goal in Ligue 1 - with the goalkeeper yet to be breached in 775 minutes - a new club record.
  • PSG will face fierce rivals Olympique de Marseille twice in February after being drawn against Elie Baup's side in the Coupe de France.

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Available Squads
30Ali AhamadaGoalkeeper
12Cheikh MBengueDefender
19Serge AurierDefender
16Aymen AbdennourDefender
20Steeve YagoDefender
8Etienne DidotMidfielder
5Franck TabanouMidfielder
14François Paxti SirieixMidfielder
15Etienne CapoueMidfielder
7Wissam Ben YedderMidfielder
10Yannick DjalóStriker
16Olivier BlondelGoalkeeper
4Jean-Daniel Akpa-AkproDefender
24Pavle NinkovDefender
17Adrien RegattinMidfielder
-Adil HermachMidfielder
35Yannick AguemonStriker
22Daniel BraatenStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
-Antoine ConteDefender
7Jérémy MenezMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker
Players to Watch
Ali Ahamada
Ali Ahamada
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 30
Games Goals YC RC
21 0 1 0
The young France Under-21 goalkeeper has come on leaps and bounds in the past 12 months. Scorer of one league goal - that is more than Marco Verratti - Ahamada has become a real prospect between the sticks in this campaign. Will need to be in great form to stop PSG's great attacking force though.
Blaise Matuidi
Blaise Matuidi
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
31 3 2 0
Aside from the goalkeeping brilliance of Salvatore Sirigu and the goals plundered in by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no other player in the PSG squad has become so vital in the club's quest to clinch a first title since 1994. Tireless in midfield and a great contributor to both attack and defence, it is clear to see why this man is becoming more and more indispensable with each week.
Carlo Ancelotti's side might be winning, but they have not exactly started 2013 in the devastating form that was expected with the addition of Lucas Moura. They possess a very good record against Toulouse though and will be expected to pick up all three points again.
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Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
25 6
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
FC Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
14 1