Paris Saint-Germain-Bastia Preview: League leaders aim to pull away at the summit
Carlo Ancelotti's side have a three-point lead over rivals Lyon, and the Italian will be hoping for a repeat of the 4-0 win over the Corsicans earlier this season
By Mohammed Ali
Jallet, Armand, Sakho, Maxwell
Lucas Moura, Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore
Cioni, Choplin, Marchal, Harek
Thauvin, Rothen, Beauvue
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is still without midfielder Thiago Motta due to suspension, with fellow Italy international Marco Verratti set to continue in midfield as was the case in last week's 4-0 win over Toulouse.
Thiago Silva remains sidelined, so Sylvain Armand will continue to deputise alongside Mamadou Sakho in the heart of defence. New deadline day signing David Beckham remains in London but has been included in the Champions League squad, as has Siaka Tiene, who returns from international duty from Cote d'Ivoire.
Bastia coach Frederic Hantz is without midfielder Yannick Cahuzac for the trip to the capital. However, he has no other injury struggles to contend with.
|DID YOU KNOW?|Paris Saint-Germain sit top of Ligue 1, three points ahead of Olympique Lyonnais and six over Olympique de Marseille.
- The hosts have not lost a competitive fixture in more than two months.
- This season's corresponding fixture ended in a resounding 4-0 win for the capital club.
- Bastia sit in 13th place in the table, following their 0-0 draw with Evian.
- The Corsican outfit have never emerged victorious at the Parc des Princes.
- The club have the worst defensive record in the league with 47 goals conceded in 23 encounters.
- At the end of February, PSG face title rivals Marseille twice, once in the league, and once in the Coupe de France.
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Top 3 Predictions
Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 SC Bastia
- 19.35 %
Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 SC Bastia
- 14.55 %
Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 SC Bastia
- 12.23 %
|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 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|
|Dec 1, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 4 - Olympique Lyonnais 0||FRA1|
|Nov 27, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 2 - Olympiakos Piraeus 1||UCL|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
The Italy international has not been beaten for over 850 minutes of league action, and it is likely that the record will continue on Friday. Even when troubled, the former Palermo man showcases his fantastic reflex and ability to command his box.
The Lille-bound youngster was subject of bids from Arsenal and Newcastle in the January window, and it is easy to see why. The shining star of an otherwise unspectacular campaign from the Corsicans, Thauvin is building a reputation as a great passer of the ball, with his ability to instigate attacking chances from nothing aiding Bastia's fight to stay in the division.
While their rivals drop points, it seems that Ancelotti's men are picking up the pace as they seek a first title since 1994. Bastia have the worst defensive record in the league, so expect goals in this one.
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