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Ligue 1

  • March 31, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade Marcel Picot, Tomblaine
  • Referee: L. Duhamel
  • • Attendance: 18800



Nancy - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Stuttering visitors aiming to bounce back and reclaim top spot in Ligue 1

Nancy - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Stuttering visitors aiming to bounce back and reclaim top spot in Ligue 1


Carlo Ancelotti's men are aiming to take advantage of leaders Montpellier's week off, and secure a first win in four games against a Nancy side in good form of late.



N'Dy Assembe
Loties, Andre Luiz, Puygrenier, Haidara
Karaboue, Traore, Mollo
Bakar, Niculae


Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Motta, Sissoko
Menez, Pastore, Nene

Nancy boss Jean Fernandez has no standing injury problems to mull over ahead of Saturday's visit of the title challengers to Stade Marcel Picot.

With two consecutive wins, and a four match unbeaten run under ASNL's belts, including victories over Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier and Lyon, the hosts are expected to line-up with more or less the same team that has featured recently with Lossemy Karaboue expected to regain his place back in the side after sitting out the win over Brest.

Paris Saint-Germain meanwhile are beginning to show the symptoms of a side in disarray. After two late draws against Caen and Bordeaux in Ligue 1, either side of a Coupe de France defeat to Lyon.

Reports surfaced this week of Carlo Ancelotti embarking on a vicious rant at his players after recent lacklustre performances with captain Mamadou Sakho holding a team meeting to discuss the situation, on top of a training ground bust-up involving Mohamed Sissoko and Kevin Gameiro.

Nevertheless, PSG, who sit seond in the table - trailing Montpellier on goal difference - have no pressing worries either. Guillaume Hoarau is set to continue upfront in a 4-2-3-1 formation, as Ancelotti continues to place faith in Christophe Jallet, who looks set to continue in the problematic right-back role.


  • Nancy sit 13th in the table following their 1-0 win over Brest which boosted their survival hopes.
  • Jean Fernandez's men have not lost to PSG since March 2009, even inflicting les Parisien's first home defeat of the season back in September, courtesy of Jean Calve's winner. 
  • The hosts, who are on their best run for five months, have collected the most points in March in the entire division.
  • PSG slipped to second in the table, following a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux last weekend.
  • Ancelotti's men are still unbeaten in 14 games in the league.
  • Les Parisiens, who have collected as much points as the whole of last season have scored 19 goals in the last 15 minute period of matches this season.

Players to watch

André Luiz

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The Nancy defender has been in a brilliant run of form in the last few games, and it doesn't take a genius to know that it ironically coincides with the club's best run of form this season. Victories over Montpellier and Lyon are in no small part to the Brazilian, who spoke about encountering some of his country-men at Stade Marcel Picot. Needs another important game if he is to stifle the challengers.

J. Pastore

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Argentine hasn't exactly replicated the irresistable form he enjoyed earlier on this season, but with the season approaching the business end, Pastore needs to step up. His dazzling dribbling and ability to seek out openings are devastating traits of his, and something he needs to create if PSG are to usurp Montpellier's position at the top of the table.

Editor's Prediction

The hosts are on a good run of late, and coupled with PSG's stuttering recent form, it is hard to see the capital club, who are in a state of disarray to come back with three points. Draw looking most likely.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Nancy-Lorraine NAN
AS Nancy-Lorraine Nancy
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG

Top 3 Predictions

AS Nancy-Lorraine NAN
0 - 2
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
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1 - 2
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1 - 3
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG