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Ligue 1

  • September 2, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq
  • Referee: R. Buquet
  • • Attendance: 32707

Lille - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Under-fire visitors aiming for much-needed victory despite poor record against les Dogues

Lille - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Under-fire visitors aiming for much-needed victory despite poor record against les Dogues


Carlo Ancelotti's men travel north with no wins from their first three league games, and a defeat to Sunday's hosts could well spark a mini-crisis at the big-spending club


LOSC Lille Métropole
Beria, Basa, Chedjou, Digne
Mavuba, Pedretti
Kalou, Martin, Payet
de Melo


Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Matuidi, Motta
Menez, Pastore, Nene

Lille will be buoyed by their Champions League qualification in midweek, and are likely to name more or less the same side that featured against Copenhagen for the visit of Paris Saint-Germain.

Mathieu Debuchy, whose move to the Premier League failed to materialise this week, is the sole injury concern for Rudi Garcia, with full-back Frank Beria continuing to full in on the right-hand side.

Paris Saint-Germain, meanwhile, are one draw or defeat away from a mini-crisis after three uninspiring ties in their Ligue 1 campaign to date. Thiago Silva is in line to finally make his debut for the capital club, with Carlo Ancelotti expected to dump his 4-3-2-1 Christmas tree formation for the 4-2-3-1 with which PSG flourished under Antoine Koumbouare.

Ezequiel Lavezzi is suspended, while Jeremy Menez is likely to return to the starting XI in place of 17-year-old Adrien Rabiot, who made his debut last weekend. Mohamed Sissoko remains sidelined.

The Ligue 1 transfer window does not close until September 4, with Gregory van der Wiel expected to make the move to the French capital in the coming days.


  • Lille sit in eighth place in the Ligue 1 table, amassing five points from their first three games.
  • Les Dogues have been drawn with Bayern Munich, Valencia and BATE Borisov in their Champions League group.
  • This fixture last season saw Rudi Garcia's men come back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 and ultimately scupper PSG's title bid.
  • PSG sit in 11th place, six points behind leaders Olympique de Marseille, after drawing all three of their Ligue 1 games so far.
  • Les Parisiens have been drawn with Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League group.
  • Lille have won this fixture a total of 23 times in 35 meetings, PSG have only prevailed on three occasions.


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Available Squads
-Mickaël LandreauGoalkeeper
3Lucas DigneDefender
18Franck BeriaDefender
21Aurélien Chedjou FongangDefender
25Marko BasaDefender
5Idrissa GueyeMidfielder
10Marvin MartinMidfielder
17Benoit PedrettiMidfielder
24Rio Antonio MavubaMidfielder
7Dimitri PayetStriker
26Nolan RouxStriker
16Steeve ElanaGoalkeeper
22David RozehnalDefender
15Djibril SidibéDefender
4Florent BalmontMidfielder
21Salomon KalouStriker
-De MeloStriker
11Ryan MendesStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
31Adrien RabiotMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
11Kevin GameiroStriker
Players to Watch
Marvin Martin
Marvin Martin
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 1 0
The attacking midfielder played a considerable part in achieving Champions League qualification, but will be hoping to have more of an impact against big-spending PSG. Martin is the type of player that les Parisiens will be hoping to contain, with his trickery and great passing range the sort of traits that les Parisiens have succumbed to, most notably against FC Lorient in week one. The former Sochaux man will be one of the players most marked on Sunday evening.
Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Finally, the Brazilian is set to make his long-awaited debut after returning from the Olympic Games in London, and only being presented last Friday. Whilst PSG have not exactly floundered in defence having achieved two clean sheets, it is their slip-up against Lorient which have made PSG fans hoping for Thiago to make his debut as soon as possible. Touted as the best centre-back in world football, Lille will need a monumental effort to negotiate a way past the former Milan defender.
LOSC will be on a high after their Champions League qualification was sealed in midweek, and with a formidable record against PSG, they will be hoping to cut the gap growing at the top. Les Parisiens have looked largely lethargic, with the side lacking noticeable width, as opponents look to limit PSG's creative talent to full effect. Both sides will be targeting a much-needed three points, but another draw is the most likely result.
Editor's Prediction
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