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UEFA Europa League

  • March 17, 2011
  • • 18:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: W. Collum
  • • Attendance: 40193
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Europa League Preview: Paris Saint-Germain - Benfica

Europa League Preview: Paris Saint-Germain - Benfica


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

PSG: Edel, Jallet, Tiene, Armand, Sakho, Makelele, Bodmer, Nene, Erding, Hoarau, Giuly


Benfica: Roberto, Luisao, Maxi Pereira, Coentrao, Sidnei, Aimar, Carlos Martins,Gaitan, Salvio, Cardozo, Saviola  


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Paris Saint Germain are unbeaten in four home games against Portuguese opposition (W3 D1 L0 in Paris)
  • Les Parisien's nine games against Portuguese sides have ended W4 D2 L3
  • Five of PSG's last seven European fixtures ended in draws
  • Antoine Koumbouare's men are unbeaten in 14 European home games at Parc des Princes
  • Their last home defeat was a 4-2 loss to Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC on 23 November 2006
  • The capital club's last five games in all competitions has seen them win twice, lose twice and draw once.
  • Benfica have a record of W10 D5 L6 against Ligue 1 teams.
  • Jorge Jesus' men also have a record of W3 D1 L6 in France.
  • The Eagles lost all three of their away ties in the Champions League group stage without scoring.
  • This run was ended by a 2-0 win away to Stuttgart in the last round of the Europa League.
  • Their last league game ended in a disappointing home draw against Portimonese on Sunday albeit with a weakened side.
  • The Eagles have won 19 of their previous 21 games in all competitions.

    LAST MEETING

10 March 2011: Benfica 2-1 Paris St Germain

Substitute Franco Jara completed a come-from-behind 2-1 win for Benfica over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Europa League last 16.

PSG had earlier gone ahead when Peguy Luyindula beat the offside trap to turn in a precious away goal for the Parisiens. Maxi Pereira equalised for the home side just before half-time after Carlos Martins' assist, before Jara’s late winner in which he lashed in a low shot on the edge of the area to put the home side in the driver's seat ahead of Thursday's decider.

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Available Squads
30Apoula Edima EdelGoalkeeper
15Siaka TiénéDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
-CearáDefender
19NenêMidfielder
4Claude MakeleleManager/Coach
5Mathieu BodmerMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
26Christophe JalletDefender
11Mevlut ErdingStriker
-Ludovic GiulyStriker
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
-Grégory CoupetGoalkeeper
13Sammy TraoréDefender
21Jean-Eudes MauriceStriker
3Tripy MakondaMidfielder
6Jérémy ClémentMidfielder
12RobertoGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
4LuisaoDefender
27SidneiDefender
14Maxi PereiraDefender
16Pablo AimarMidfielder
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
26Javi GarcíaMidfielder
20Nicolas GaitanMidfielder
7Ó. CardozoStriker
30Javier SaviolaStriker
13Júlio CésarGoalkeeper
2AirtonMidfielder
11Franco JaraStriker
31Alan KardecStriker
-César PeixotoDefender
17Carlos MartinsMidfielder
33Jardel Nivaldo VieiraDefender
Players to Watch
Mevlut Erding
Mevlut Erding
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 1 0
The Turkish striker was PSG's main threat in Lisbon last week, and had he taken his chances in the first leg, most notably striking the post after PSG had taken the lead, this tie would've balanced in their favour. With Hoarau back, the two are a very solid duo, bound to cause the Eagles problems.
Carlos Martins
Carlos Martins
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Carlos Martins put in an impressive performance and was the main catalyst for Benfica's revival last Thursday. The Portuguese midfielder was instrumental in the centre of the park, and set up the equalising goal with a bamboozling pass over the visitor's defence. If PSG want to qualify, they must keep this man quiet, and stop him from making the deadly passes that hurt them in the first leg.
Prediction
Benfica look to be favourites to progress, and following that first leg comeback win in Lisbon last week, the Eagles should be wary of a very unpredictable Parisien outfit. PSG have floundered recently, whilst Benfica rested most of their players last weekend in order to stay fresh for this decider. Les Parisiens will put up a fight, but Jorge Jesus' men will be the most likely names in Friday's Europa League draw.
Editor's Prediction
PSG 1

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