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  • August 19, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade François Coty, Ajaccio
  • Referee: C. Turpin
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Ajaccio - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Visitors aim to kick-start Ligue 1 campaign with victory

Ajaccio - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Visitors aim to kick-start Ligue 1 campaign with victory

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The capital club were held to an enthralling draw by Lorient last week, and will be hoping to gain three points against an Ajaccio side with a formidable home record

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AJACCIO

Ochoa
Diawara, Medjani, Poulard, Bouhours
Faty, Pierazzi
Andre, Cavalli, Diarra
Eduardo
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Chantome, Matuidi
Menez, Pastore, Lavezzi
Ibrahimovic

Ajaccio welcome PSG to the Coriscan island, but are without midfielder Mehdi Mostefa who was sent off in last week's 1-0 win over Nice.

Coach Alex Dupont will also have to contend with the absence of Frederic Sammaritano, who sits out with an ankle injury suffered in pre-season.

PSG welcome back goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, after the Italian international featured in the 2-1 friendly defeat to England in Switzerland on Wednesday. Back-up keeper Nicholas Douchez is suffering from a hip injury and missed training on Thursday, and is unlikely to feature.

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will face a late fitness test to ensure his presence in the starting XI. He missed out on Sweden's defeat to Brazil, but is expected to start, with Thiago Motta continuing his rehabilitation from a hamstring problem.

The game comes too soon for Thiago Silva to make his debut, after only training with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday, with Javier Pastore returning from suspension.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Ajaccio won their opening game against Nice, and sit eighth in the table with one point (having had two deducted by the LFP).
  • The Corsican side mustered only 22 goals at Stade Francois Coty last season.
  • The club have not lost a home game in 2012. They are also unbeaten at home in 11 games.
  • Ajaccio's next home defeat will be their 50th home reverse in Ligue 1.
  • Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 quest began with an enthralling 2-2 draw with Lorient last week.
  • Les Parisiens won both encounters against their Corsican counterparts, prevailing 3-1 in this fixture.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side had the best away record in terms of results and goals scored in Ligue 1 last season.
  • However, under the Italian, the capital club have only won four out of their last ten encounters on the road.

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Available Squads
13Francisco Guillermo OchoaGoalkeeper
17Yoann PoulardMidfielder
22Fousseyni DiawaraDefender
26Samuel BouhoursDefender
14Ricardo FatyMidfielder
18Carl MedjaniMidfielder
7Benjamin AndreMidfielder
80Jean-Baptiste PierazziMidfielder
18Johan Cavalli Midfielder
11Sigamary DiarraMidfielder
-EduardoStriker
-Oumar SissokoGoalkeeper
13Fabrice BegeorgiDefender
23Arnaud MaireDefender
19Paul LasneMidfielder
-Damien TibériMidfielder
9Andy DelortStriker
-Chakhir BelghazouaniStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
19NenêMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
16Alphonse AreolaGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
31Adrien RabiotMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
11Kevin GameiroStriker
Players to Watch
Francisco Guillermo Ochoa
Francisco Guillermo Ochoa
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 13
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Mexican international remains one of the high-profile players for Ajaccio, and the hosts will be hoping that the goalkeeper can muster his abilities to limit a hugely-talented PSG forward line, much the same way that Fabien Audard did last week. Whilst Ochoa's reflex ability remains his prized asset, he will have to perform well if PSG are to be denied.
Javier Pastore
Javier Pastore
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
The Argentine returns from suspension to aid the visitors' cause on Sunday. Pastore's creative ability through the middle was perhaps the vital cog that was missing against Lorient on matchday one, with 'El Flaco' hoping to instigate and create more attacking chances to the likes of Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic and Nene.
Prediction
Paris Saint-Germain might've suffered a little hiccup last weekend against FC Lorient, but it would take a brave man to begrudge them victory in Corsica. Ajaccio have been a formidable outfit at home, but the sheer quality of Les Parisiens should see them secure three points.
Editor's Prediction
PSG 2

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