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  • December 21, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade Francis-Le Blé, Brest
  • Referee: S. Moreira
  • • Attendance: 14601
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Stade Brestois - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men aiming to end challenging year on a high

Stade Brestois - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men aiming to end challenging year on a high

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The Ligue 1 leaders travel to Stade Francis-Le Ble aiming to preserve their good record at the stadium as they seek to concluded 2012 on a winning note

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


STADE BRESTOIS

Stade Brestois 29
 Thebaux
Baysse, Kantari, Martial , Mendy
Sissoko
Ayite, Chafni, Grougi, Dernis
Ben Basat


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Porto
Sirigu
Jallet, Sakho, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Motta, Matuidi
Menez, Pastore, Lavezzi
Ibrahimovic

Brest coach Landry Chauvin is without midfielder Benoit Lesoimier for the visit of the league leaders, adding to the injured Alexandre Alphonse in the treatment room at Stade Francis-Le Ble on Friday night.

Former Montpellier star Geoffrey Dernis could deputise on the left, with Israeli international Eden Ben Basat shrugging off a knock to feature ahead of Charlison Benschop.

For Paris Saint-Germain, Brazilian midfielder Nene is unlikely to make the group after admitting on Wednesday that he wants to quit the league leaders at the end of the season.

Alex is unlikely to recover from his injury, sustained away to Valenciennes last week, leaving Mamadou Sakho to continue alongside captain Thiago Silva.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stade Brestois sit in 13th place in the Ligue 1 table, just five points clear of the relegation zone.
  • Landry Chauvin's side had an unbeaten home record before December, but have endured successive defeats against Olympique de Marseille and Montpellier.
  • The hosts have never beaten Paris Saint-Germain in a competitive fixture.
  • PSG sit top of Ligue 1, but are level on points with Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais.
  • This fixture ended 1-0 to Carlo Ancelotti's side in January, with Milan Bisevac grabbing a sixth-minute goal.
  • Les Parisiens could end a second consecutive year on top of Ligue 1 with victory on Friday.

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Available Squads
1Alexis ThebauxGoalkeeper
4Johan MartialDefender
-Bernard MendyDefender
-Ismael TraoreDefender
23Paul BaysseDefender
24Ahmed KantariDefender
6Bruno GrougiMidfielder
7Kamel ChafniMidfielder
-Abdoulwahid SissokoMidfielder
9Eden Ben BasatStriker
35Charlison BenschopStriker
25Joan HartockGoalkeeper
22Ousmane CoulibalyDefender
7Grégory LorenziDefender
8John Jairo CulmaMidfielder
12Geoffrey DernisMidfielder
27Mario LickaMidfielder
-Jonathan AyiteStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker
Players to Watch
Eden Ben Basat
Eden Ben Basat
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Israel international has really come on for the hosts this season. With a healthy goalscoring record so far, coach Landry Chauvin will be hoping the 26-year-old can continue to show that ruthless streak against the Ligue 1 leaders.
Blaise Matuidi
Blaise Matuidi
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The midfielder is tireless, energetic, and powerful in the middle, with a fantastic passing range as well as his defensive and attacking instincts. The France international has been the unsung hero of Ligue 1 this season.
Prediction
Comparisons may be levelled with the PSG side that Antoine Koumbouare led to the summit this time last year, but Ancelotti's men should really see this fixture out and use it as a platform for greater things in 2013.
Editor's Prediction
Brest 0
PSG 3

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