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  • March 11, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Stade Gaston Gérard, Dijon
  • Referee: P. Malige
  • • Attendance: 14446
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Dijon - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men look to extend lead at top of Ligue 1

Dijon - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men look to extend lead at top of Ligue 1

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Carlo Ancelotti's side seek to breakaway from the challenge of Montpellier at the top with victory over a Dijon side who have already beaten the capital club this season


PROBABLE LINEUPS

DIJON


Dijon FCO
Reynet
Varrualt, Meite, Souprayen, Diabate
Kumordzi
Guerbert, Corgnet, Bautheac, Kakuta
Jovial
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN


Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Motta, Matuidi
Menez, Pastore, Nene
Hoarau


Dijon coach Patrice Carteron will be without the services of midfielder Younousse Sankhare due to suspension though he will have, otherwise, a full squad to pick from. Cedric Varrualt has shaken off an ankle knock to be included in the match squad, along with Abdoulaye Meite and Brice Jovial.

Carlo Ancelotti has no pressing injury worries ahead of the trip to Stade Gaston Gerard. Milan Bisevac and Mathieu Bodmer both sat out the 4-1 win over Ajaccio last weekend, and though the Italian said that they would return for Sunday's encounter, Ancelotti is set to go ahead with the side that impressively dismantled Olivier Pantaloni's men.

Guillaume Hoarau's recent run in the first-team looks set to continue, leaving Kevin Gameiro on the bench, with Gael Kakuta, the on-loan Chelsea forward, set to face his old manager at Stamford Bridge.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • Dijon have only won one point out of a possible 15 in games against sides currently occupying the top five places (against Montpellier last weekend).
  • The Ligue 1 new boys have scored in nine straight games, which is the joint-longest run in the division.
  • Gael Kakuta, on loan from Chelsea, has four goals for Patrice Carteron's side since his January loan move.
  • PSG are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions.
  • A whopping 17 goals have been scored in les Parisiens' last three league fixtures.
  • Brazilian Nene has six goals since the start of 2012, more than any other Ligue 1 player.
  • PSG won the return fixture earlier this season 2-0 at Parc des Princes, though were dumped out of the Coupe de la Ligue by Dijon 3-2 three days later.

Players to watch

G. Kakuta

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The on-loan Chelsea forward has wowed fans at Stade Gaston Gerard since his January loan move from London. Kakuta, who has four goals since, has helped Dijon to a credible draw against high-flyers Montpellier, and could well trouble les Parisiens in equal measure on Sunday. The youth international is pacy and with immense dribbling ability, PSG must be wary of the youngster.

G. Hoarau

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Hoarau has done fantastically well to recover from injury and oust Kevin Gameiro from the first team in recent weeks with important goals for les Parisiens. At one point this season, the no.9 looked certain to follow Mevlut Erding out the exit door, but has turned his form around spectacularly with two goals against Lyon and a further effort last weekend. Hoarau is a handful for most defences, with a fiercesome shot as well as great heading ability. Most certainly the player to watch.

Editor's Prediction

Carlo Ancelotti's men are on a good run of form recently, and it's hard to see anyone stopping them at this moment in time. Dijon have the unenviable task of putting a spanner in the works of the capital club, though the gulf in class should see PSG through. 2-0 to the visitors.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Dijon

PSG

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Dijon FCO DIJ
Dijon FCO Dijon
Draw
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
19%
76%

Top 3 Predictions

Dijon FCO DIJ
1 - 3
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Dijon FCO DIJ
0 - 2
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Dijon FCO DIJ
0 - 3
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG

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