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Ligue 1

  • May 21, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: L. Jaffredo
  • • Attendance: 40404
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Ligue 1 preview: PSG - Lille

Ligue 1 preview: PSG - Lille

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Les Dogues only require a point to win their first Ligue 1 title since 1954 and seal a memorable double. PSG need a win to keep their hopes in qualifying for the Champions League.


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Paris Saint Germain (4-3-3): Coupet; Ceara, Sakho, Camara, Armand; Makelele, Bodmer, Chantome; Nene, Erding, Hoarau

PSG

PSG coach Antoine Koumboure has the luxury of a near full strength squad. Peguy Luyindula (ankle) remains an absentee, and is unlikely to play again this season whilst Jean-Eude Marice also is a doubt for the visit of the champions-elect. Chairman Robin Leproux blasted his players after their defeat in midweek, citing a "lack of desire".

Lille OSC (4-3-3): Landreau; Beria, Rami, Debuchy, Rozehnal; Cabaye, Balmont, Mavuba; Hazard, Sow, Gervinho

Lille

Lille coach Rudi Garcia possesses a full squad for the final push to claim the Ligue 1 crown, with Jerry Vandam, who has only made two league appearances all season, the single omission with a minor injury. Florent Balmont remains a doubt, but is set to take his place in midfield for the potential title decider.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • PSG's hopes for qualification to next season's Champions League have taken a blow in recent weeks with the Parisien club winless in their previous three games.
  • Antoine Koumbouare's side are fourth in the table, having amassed 58 points, two behind Lyon in third.
  • The two sides met in last week's Coupe de France final, with PSG relinquishing their crown, going down 1-0 to Les Dogues.
  • Les Parisiens were also comfortably beaten in their last league encounter, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat at Stadium Lille Metropole.
  • They lost 1-0 away to Bordeaux on Wednesday, a result which denied them the chance to leapfrog Lyon into the coveted third and final Champions League spot.
  • Lille only require a point to win their first Ligue 1 title since 1954 on Saturday evening.
  • The Dogues have already managed to end a stunning 56 year wait without a trophy with a 1-0 win over Saturday's opponents in the Coupe de France final.
  • Rudi Garcia's men narrowly edged Sochaux on Wednesday, to leave them six points ahead of current champions Marseille with only two games to go.
  • Only shipping eight goals in the remaining games would deny Lille the title.
  • Lille have never conceded more than one goal in their last 19 league games.
  • Les Dogues, however, have not tasted success at Parc des Princes since 1996.
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Editor's Prediction

Lille are playing like winners, winning their last five games on the trot, and it would be hard to not see them crowned Ligue 1 champions on Saturday evening. PSG's recent lacklustre performances may see the Champions League beyond them. With Lille requiring a point, a draw is very much on the cards.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

PSG

Lille

Wins
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1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Draw
Lille OSC Métropole LIL
Lille OSC Métropole Lille
30%
31%
39%

Top 3 Predictions

Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
0 - 1
Lille OSC Métropole LIL
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
1 - 1
Lille OSC Métropole LIL
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
2 - 1
Lille OSC Métropole LIL

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