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Coupe de France

  • March 21, 2012
  • • 19:50
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: C. Turpin
  • • Attendance: 44000
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Paris Saint-Germain - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Heavyweights face off for place in Coupe de France semi-finals

Paris Saint-Germain - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Heavyweights face off for place in Coupe de France semi-finals

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The Ligue 1 leaders encounter les Gones for a place in the last four of the Coupe de France, with the memory of the remarkable 4-4 draw last month still fresh


PROBABLE LINEUPS


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN


Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Tiene
Matuidi, Sissoko
Menez, Pastore, Nene
Gameiro

OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS


Lloris
Reveillere, Lovren, Kone, Cissokho
Kallstrom, Grenier, Gonalons, Bastos
Lacazette, Lisandro

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has Mohamed Sissoko and Nene both back from suspensions, after the pair missed Saturday's 2-2 draw at Caen. The Ligue 1 leaders are still without Maxwell, with Siaka Tiene expected to deputise again on the left-side of defence.

Clement Chantome and Thiago Motta participated separately in training, with the pair expected to be rested for the Coupe de France tie.

Lyon's Remi Garde has been dealt a blow with the news that captain Cris is sidelined with a thigh injury, and will miss the next few weeks of action, with the fit-again Dejan Lovren back to replace the Brazilian. Clement Grenier and Alexandre Lacazette's recent extended run in the first-team could see them feature once again at Parc des Princes.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Paris Saint-Germain have won the Coupe de France on eight occasions, most recently in 2010.
  • Les Parisiens lost last year's final to Lille, going down to Ludovic Obraniak's late winner at the Stade de France.
  • This is one of two competitions that are still winnable for Carlo Ancelotti's men along with Ligue 1. They sit top of the division, two points ahead of Montpellier.
  • Lyon are four-time winners of the Coupe de France, having last won in 2008, against PSG.
  • Les Gones are in the Coupe de la Ligue Final, and will face Marseille on April 14 at Stade de France.
  • The two sides played out an enthralling league match 24 days ago, with Lyon letting slip a 4-2 lead to draw 4-4.

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Available Squads
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
33AlexDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
2Diego LuganoDefender
5Milan BiševacDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
5Mathieu BodmerMidfielder
19NenêMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
15Siaka TiénéDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
8Péguy LuyindulaStriker
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
20Aly CissokhoDefender
13Anthony RéveillèreDefender
5Dejan LovrenDefender
23Samuel UmtitiDefender
7Clément GrenierMidfielder
6Kim KällströmMidfielder
21Maxime GonalonsMidfielder
18Bafetimbi GomisStriker
7Jimmy BriandStriker
9Lisandro LópezDefender
30Rémy VercoutreGoalkeeper
14BakyDefender
14Mouhamadou DaboDefender
6Gueida FofanaMidfielder
-Jérémy PiedMidfielder
9Michel BastosMidfielder
10Alexandre LacazetteStriker
Players to Watch
Salvatore Sirigu
Salvatore Sirigu
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 30
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Italian goalkeeper has been one of the most consistent and impressive goalkeepers throughout the season in France, and will again have to show his undeniable class to thwart a threatening Lyon front-line. Sirigu, signed from Palermo last summer is an assured performer in most games, and an apt commander of his penalty box, marshalling his defenders well.
Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Croatian international has only just returned to the first-team set-up after missing much of the opening months of 2012 with an Achilles injury. With Cris injured, this is a perfect opportunity for the ex-Dinamo Zagreb defender to regain and cement his place along the back-line.
Prediction
The hosts are in decent form of late, and have displayed their grit and character with a string of late fightbacks in recent weeks, and as such it would be hard to see them exit the Coupe de France on Wednesday. Expect les Gones to put up a fight, though Ancelotti's men should see the game through.
Editor's Prediction
PSG 2
Lyon 1

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