Paris Saint-Germain - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Ancelotti's men anticipate tough test against Ligue 1 leaders
The top two in France clash in a heavyweight encounter on Sunday, with Remi Garde's Gones aiming to maintain their slender lead at the top of the league table
By Mohammed Ali
Jallet, Sakho, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Menez, Pastore, Lavezzi
Reveillere, Lovren, Bisevac, Umtiti
Bastos, Malbranque, Ghezzal
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti could be without Brazilian centre-half Alex, who limped off just before half-time in the 4-0 win over Valenciennes.
The former Chelsea defender is currently rated as doubtful for the visit of the Ligue 1 leaders to the Parc des Princes, with Mamadou Sakho ready as a replacement.
Otherwise, Ancelotti is likely to name the same team who scored eight goals in their last two encounters, with Javier Pastore continuing his current run in the starting XI.
Meanwhile, Olympique Lyonnais coach Remi Garde has confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will miss the trip to the capital with a hamstring injury. The winger joins Jimmy Briand, Clement Grenier and Yoann Gourcuff on the sidelines.
Anthony Reveillere is a doubt, having been substituted in the 1-1 draw with Nancy with a knock on Wednesday, with Garde waiting until Sunday to confirm his participation. Full-back Mohamadou Dabo is suspended for this match.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Paris Saint-Germain sit in second place in Ligue 1, following their 4-0 win over Valenciennes. A win would see them go top of the table.
- Carlo Ancelotti's men have scored in each of their last 14 league encounters.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (pictured right) has 17 Ligue 1 goals, having scored a hat-trick on Tuesday. Last year's top striker in the league was Olivier Giroud who only managed to find the net 21 times.
- The capital club have won their last two games by a resounding 4-0 scoreline.
- Olympique Lyonnais sit top in Ligue 1, three points clear of PSG and Olympique de Marseille.
- Lyon's last league victory at the Parc des Princes was in 2007. However, they prevailed 3-1 in a Coupe de France tie against Ancelotti's side in March.
- Bafetimbi Gomis has five goals in eight appearances against les Parisiens.
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Top 3 Predictions
Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Olympique Lyonnais
- 14.48 %
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais
- 12.63 %
Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Olympique Lyonnais
- 11.5 %
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Dec 1, 2013||Paris Saint-Germain 4 - Olympique Lyonnais 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||May 12, 2013||Olympique Lyonnais 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Dec 16, 2012||Paris Saint-Germain 1 - Olympique Lyonnais 0|
|France - Coupe de France (FRAC)||Mar 21, 2012||Paris Saint-Germain 1 - Olympique Lyonnais 3|
|France - Ligue 1 (FRA1)||Feb 25, 2012||Olympique Lyonnais 4 - Paris Saint-Germain 4|
|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|
|Nov 23, 2013||Stade de Reims 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 3||FRA1|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
|9||Michel Fernandes Bastos||Midfielder|
The 31-year-old continued his fantastic scoring record for PSG with his first hat-trick in French football in the 4-0 demolition of Valenciennes. With Ibrahimovic already on 17 league goals, he is only four short of last season's winner Olivier Giroud. Against leaders Lyon, he will again be the main source of attacking play, and will look to continue his blossoming relationship with the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Jeremy Menez and Javier Pastore.
The Croatia international has done well to return from injury, and will want to add to his burgeoning reputation against the league leaders. At 23, Lovren has endured an injury-hit career at the Stade de Gerland, but when on form, the centre-half is certainly one of the best in his position in France. He is set to have a job on his hands keeping out a PSG side who have scored 10 in their last three fixtures.
Arguably the biggest clash of the season so far in Ligue 1. While on paper PSG possess the quality to topple Lyon and regain top spot in the table, you would only have to go back three weeks to see Remi Garde's injury-hit squad thrash Olympique de Marseille 4-1. Lyon's record in the capital doesn't read well, but they are a solid side who are able to repel whatever Carlo Ancelotti's men throw at them.
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