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Ligue 1

  • April 15, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade de l'Abbé Deschamps, Auxerre
  • Referee: J. Cailleux
  • • Attendance: 12010

Auxerre - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men travel to relegation strugglers as title race hots up

Auxerre - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men travel to relegation strugglers as title race hots up


Carlo Ancelotti's men visit bottom side led by Jean-Guy Wallemme with both teams in desperate need of a victory at Stade de-l'Abbe Deschamps on Sunday night



Dudka, Boly, Grichting, Hengbart
Mandjeck, Cisse
Chafni, Traore, Contout

Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Bodmer, Motta, Matuidi
Pastore, Nene

Auxerre boss Jean-Guy Wallemme has no major injury concerns ahead of the visit of Paris Saint-Germain to Stade de-l'Abbe Deschamps on Sunday.

Delvin Ndinga and Ben Sahar both participated in training sessions, though neither is expected to make the starting XI as the coach is tipped to go with the same XI that lost narrowly to Olympique Lyonnais last week.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti heads into the match on the back of a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over fierce rivals Olympique de Marseille.

Les Parisiens are without Mohamed Sissoko after his red card in the 'Clasico', and with Ancelotti tipped to favour the 4-2-3-1 formation, Mathieu Bodmer is in line to make an appearance.

Clement Chantome is still sidelined, and with Jeremy Menez deputising as a centre-forward to full effect in place of out-of-form Guillaume Hoarau and Kevin Gameiro, the trend may be set to continue away to Auxerre on Sunday.

  • Auxerre lie bottom of Ligue 1 after succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to Lyon last weekend.
  • No side with less than 29 points at this stage of the season has managed to escape relegation from Ligue 1. Jean-Guy Wallemme's team currently have amassed 27 points.
  • Nene has four goals in his last five games against Auxerre.
  • Paris Saint Germain's win over Marseille last weekend sees them occupy second in Ligue 1, three points behind Montpellier.
  • PSG have only scored more than two goals away to Auxerre on one previous occasion
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side are yet to lose a game in Ligue 1 when Thiago Motta has played.

Players to watch

Alain Traoré

Position: Midfielder

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The Burkinabe midfielder was in sizzling form at the beginning of the season, even leading the scoring charts, but with Auxerre facing the very real prospect of playing Ligue 2 football this season, Traore must recapture that early season form and lead Jean-Guy Wallemme's men into a successful relegation battle. Difficult to mark just ahead of the midfield, Traore can effectively link the ball between defence and attack to create chances.

J. Ménez

Position: Midfielder

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The ex-Roma winger was deployed in the unusual role of centre-forward in last week's 'Clasico' win over Marseille, but Menez thrived in that position, and ultimately proved to be the best player on the park. Whether Ancelotti continues to use him up front ahead of his out-of-form strikers is up for debate, however the France international is beginning to fully express his undoubted ability on the pitch. Auxerre need to effectively manage this man on Sunday if they are to gain anything.

Editor's Prediction

With the Ligue 1 title race hotting up with only seven games left to play, Paris Saint-Gemain cannot afford to drop points at this stage of the season. Comfortable win for PSG in my opinion.

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