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UEFA Champions League

  • December 4, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: C. Thomson
  • • Attendance: 45512

Paris Saint-Germain - Porto Preview: Struggling hosts aiming for top spot in Group A finale

Carlo Ancelotti's men are on a poor run of form and they need victory if they are to secure top spot against the Portuguese giants



Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Chantome, Verratti, Matuidi
Menez, Lavezzi


Danilo, Otamendi, Mangala, Alex Sandro
Lucho, Moutinho
Varela, Martinez, James Rodriguez

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is set to welcome back goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and midfielder Marco Verratti to his starting line-up after the duo missed the 2-1 defeat to Nice through injury.

Blaise Matuidi should keep his place in the side despite a silly red card in that league reverse, with Christophe Jallet set to remain in the side ahead of Gregory van der Wiel. Kevin Gameiro and Thiago Motta remain absent through injury.

Porto will recall a number of players to their starting line-up after the 2-1 defeat to Braga at the weekend as they seek a repeat of their 1-0 victory over the Ligue 1 giants earlier in the Champions League group stage.

The likes of Joao Moutinho, Jackson Martinez and Lucho Gonzalez should be named in the starting XI at the Parc des Princes, with no significant injury worries ahead of Tuesday's clash for Vitor Pereira.

  • PSG sit in fourth place in Ligue 1 with 26 points from 14 games, having suffered their first away league defeat of the season.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side have qualified from Group A. They will progress as group winners if they beat Porto.
  • Les Parisiens won their last home game against Porto in the 2004-05 group stage. Goals from Charles-Edouard Coridon and Pauleta sealed the win.
  • That defeat was one of only three defeats on French soil for the Portuguese club. They beat Olympique de Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais and Monaco en route to Champions League glory in 2004.
  • Porto are top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, with 26 points.
  • Thiago Silva - now at PSG - was a Porto player in 2004, but left for Russia without playing a first team game.
  • Vitor Pereira's men need only to avoid defeat to progress as group winners.
  • If Porto lose, it will be their first back-to-back competitive defeats since November 2009.

Players to watch

J. Ménez

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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It is no coincidence that PSG have lost twice during his absence with injury. Menez brings an immense amount of trickery and creativity to a side who have bought so many stars. However, the ex-Roma star needs to deliver when his side require it most.

J. Rodríguez

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Colombia striker was a constant threat in the opposite fixture back on matchday two. Rodriguez's brilliant pace and dribbling gave one or two headaches to what was regarded as a stubborn and resolute back-four, before scoring the winner in that contest.

Editor's Prediction

Porto showed in the return fixture that they are not an easy side to deal with. Vitor Pereira's side might have suffered the first defeat of the season in all competitions at the weekend, but they have enough quality to frustrate a Paris Saint-Germain side who are on a bad run of form.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
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FC Porto POR
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