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  • December 1, 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Stade Municipal du Ray, Nice
  • Referee: R. Buquet
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Nice - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Stuttering visitors aiming to reclaim top spot against Claude Puel's in-form side

Nice - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Stuttering visitors aiming to reclaim top spot against Claude Puel's in-form side

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The capital club travel to the south of France, as they seek to rebound from their shock cup exit at the hands of Saint-Etienne midweek, and return to the summit of the table

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

OGC NICE

Ospina
Genevois, Civelli, Pecjinovic, Kolodziecak
Traore, Digard
Eysseric, Meriem, Bautheac
Cvitanich
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Porto
Douchez
Van der Wiel, Thiago Silva, Alex, Armand
Chantome, Matuidi, Maxwell
Menez, Lavezzi
Ibrahimovic


Nice coach Claude Puel will welcome back Nemanja Pecjinovic and Romain Genevois after the duo sat out the 3-2 Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final defeat to Montpellier in midweek.

Valentin Eysseric could be given the nod ahead of Jeremy Pied, though otherwise it will be the majority of the same team that have won three of their last four league games.

Paris Saint-Germain, meanwhile, welcome back a number of players who missed the 0-0, 5-3 on penalties defeat to Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.

Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verratti will miss the game due to injury, with Ronan Le Crom named in the Italy international's place, with Nicholas Douchez set to continue in goal.

Javier Pastore's time on the bench could continue, as Les Parisiens boss Carlo Ancelotti favours either the returning Jeremy Menez or Nene alongside Ezequiel Lavezzi, whilst Alex and Sylvain Armand should also be in the line-up.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • OGC Nice are on a four game unbeaten run, and currently sit in 10th place in the Ligue 1 table.
  • Nice have not beaten Paris Saint-Germain in four encounters, with their last victory coming in March 2010.
  • Les Aiglons are the only side to have not conceded a goal to Carlo Ancelotti's PSG side since the Italian took over at the end of December in 2011.
  • Nice have found the net in their last 12 league encounters.
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit second in Ligue 1, having beaten Troyes 4-0 in their last encounter.
  • Les Parisiens were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue earlier in the week, with a penalty shootout defeat to Saint-Etienne.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's men are the only side in Ligue 1 to be unbeaten away from home so far this season.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been involved in 14 of the club's 23 league goals this season.

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Available Squads
1D. OspinaGoalkeeper
2Renato CivelliDefender
-T. KolodziejczakDefender
4Nemanja PejcinovicDefender
-Romain GenevoisDefender
6Didier DigardMidfielder
-Mahamane El Hadji TraoréMidfielder
-Valentin EyssericMidfielder
34Jérémy PiedStriker
-Eric Bautheac Striker
12Darío CvitanichStriker
-Joris DelleGoalkeeper
5Kevin GomisDefender
18Fabrice AbrielMidfielder
14Camel MeriemMidfielder
-Kévin DiazMidfielder
-Alexy BosettiStriker
-Neal MaupayStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
16Alphonse AreolaGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
19NenêMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
Players to Watch
Darío Cvitanich
Darío Cvitanich
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
1 2 0 0
The former Ajax and Boca Juniors star is making waves near the Mediterranean after an assured start to life in France. With six league goals already, Dario Cvitanich is proving to be the key goalscorer that Nice have craved in recent seasons. The Argentine will be hoping to upstage the more esteemed visitors with his cool finishing on Saturday.
Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Typically renowned as the world's best centre-back, Thiago Silva will be hoping to erase the memory of missing the penalty that ensured PSG's cup exit in midweek. The only mistake nevertheless, on an otherwise near-perfect record in France so far. In Ligue 1, Silva has looked no less assured in his duties, and his calm temperament will see him rise again, for sure.
Prediction
Nice may be in decent form, and for once, threatening the top half of the Ligue 1 table, but Paris Saint-Germain have the most to lose. With reports that the Qatari hierarchy are beginning to lose patience with Carlo Ancelotti after the Coupe de la Ligue exit, the Ligue 1 title is of high importance. A must-win match in that case.
Editor's Prediction
PSG 2

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