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  • January 28, 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • Stade Francis-Le Blé, Brest
  • Referee: P. Kalt
  • • Attendance: 14760
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Ligue 1 Preview: Brest - Paris Saint-Germain

The Ligue 1 leaders travel to Stade Francis-Le Ble as they continue their title charge against a side who are unbeaten at home. Goal.com previews the action


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
BREST


Elana
 Baysse, Zebina, Martial , Lorenzi
Ewolo, Licka
Lesoimier, Grougi, Ben Basat
Alphonse



PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN


Sirigu
Ceara, Sakho, Bisevac, Maxwell
Jallet, Bodmer, Chantom
Menez, Nene
Gameiro



Stade Brestois boss Alex Dupont has a number of issues he'll have to juggle going into Saturday's match. Larsen Toure was ruled out for the rest of the season on Thursday, while destrucitive Colombian midfielder Jhon Jairo Culma is another crucial long-term casualty. On the other hand, Brahim Ferradj makes a long-awaited return to action, though probably only from the bench.

Star man Nolan Roux has left the club to join Ligue 1 champions Lille earlier in the week, and Zurich forward Alexandre Alphonse looks likely to fill the void up front as the club look to prolong their unbeaten run at the Stade Francis-Le Ble in the league.

On the other hand, Carlo Ancelotti is without Javier Pastore after the ex-Palermo midfielder limped off in the Coupe de France win over Sable last week. The Argentine international is expected to miss two weeks, leaving Ancelotti to tweak PSG's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.

Clement Chantome, back from a thigh injury could take his place in midfield with Kevin Gameiro returning to spearhead the attack after being named on the bench against Toulouse a fortnight ago.

New signing Maxwell continues to stand-in for Saka Tiene who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations as les Parisiens continue their charge towards the title.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Brest lie in 11th place in Ligue 1 with 24 points following their 1-0 win over Nice on matchday 20.
  • Alex Dupont's men have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three league encounters.
  • Brest held les Parisiens to a 2-2 draw in this fixture last season. They are currently on a five match unbeaten run.
  • Paris Saint-Germain occupy 1st place in Ligue 1 with 43 points after their 3-1 win over Toulouse in their previous outing.
  • Les Parisiens, who remain three points ahead of Montpellier, have drawn five of their last visits to Stade Francis Le Ble.
  • Despite that run, Brest last won against PSG in 1985.
  • Interestingly, the capital club have failed to win any of their games in which Javier Pastore (right) has not featured in.

Players to watch

S. Elana

Position: Goalkeeper

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The goalkeeper is in top form recently after three clean sheets and leading Brest to five unbeaten games. Though he will face much sterner opposition in the shape of Kevin Gameiro and Nene, the custodian's agility and impressive reflexes could see him produce another good performance.

Nenê

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Brazilian has four goals in his last two games for the capital club, and will once again be integral to any of les Parisiens' successes. With nine strikes overall, expect a lively Nene to complement Gameiro up front.

Editor's Prediction

In what could necessarily be billed as a tight encounter given les Parisiens' recent games against a tricky Brest side, it would be difficult to see them gain three points at a stadium in which they have come unstuck in recent years.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Brest

PSG

Wins
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5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stade Brestois 29 BRE
Stade Brestois 29 Brest
Draw
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
82%

Top 3 Predictions

Stade Brestois 29 BRE
0 - 2
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Stade Brestois 29 BRE
1 - 3
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Stade Brestois 29 BRE
1 - 2
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG

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