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  • December 16, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: A. Gautier
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Paris Saint-Germain - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Ancelotti's men anticipate tough test against Ligue 1 leaders

Paris Saint-Germain - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Ancelotti's men anticipate tough test against Ligue 1 leaders

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The top two in France clash in a heavyweight encounter on Sunday, with Remi Garde's Gones aiming to maintain their slender lead at the top of the league table

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Porto
Sirigu
Jallet, Sakho, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Motta, Matuidi
Menez, Pastore, Lavezzi
Ibrahimovic

OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS



Vercoutre
Reveillere, Lovren, Bisevac, Umtiti
Fofana, Gonalons
Bastos, Malbranque, Ghezzal
Gomis

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti could be without Brazilian centre-half Alex, who limped off just before half-time in the 4-0 win over Valenciennes.

The former Chelsea defender is currently rated as doubtful for the visit of the Ligue 1 leaders to the Parc des Princes, with Mamadou Sakho ready as a replacement.

Otherwise, Ancelotti is likely to name the same team who scored eight goals in their last two encounters, with Javier Pastore continuing his current run in the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Olympique Lyonnais coach Remi Garde has confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will miss the trip to the capital with a hamstring injury. The winger joins Jimmy Briand, Clement Grenier and Yoann Gourcuff on the sidelines.

Anthony Reveillere is a doubt, having been substituted in the 1-1 draw with Nancy with a knock on Wednesday, with Garde waiting until Sunday to confirm his participation. Full-back Mohamadou Dabo is suspended for this match.
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit in second place in Ligue 1, following their 4-0 win over Valenciennes. A win would see them go top of the table.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's men have scored in each of their last 14 league encounters.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (pictured right) has 17 Ligue 1 goals, having scored a hat-trick on Tuesday. Last year's top striker in the league was Olivier Giroud who only managed to find the net 21 times.
  • The capital club have won their last two games by a resounding 4-0 scoreline.
  • Olympique Lyonnais sit top in Ligue 1, three points clear of PSG and Olympique de Marseille.
  • Lyon's last league victory at the Parc des Princes was in 2007. However, they prevailed 3-1 in a Coupe de France tie against Ancelotti's side in March.
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has five goals in eight appearances against les Parisiens.

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Available Squads
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
17MaxwellDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker
30Rémy VercoutreGoalkeeper
5Dejan LovrenDefender
13Anthony RéveillèreDefender
5Milan BiševacDefender
23Samuel UmtitiDefender
6Gueida FofanaMidfielder
9Michel BastosMidfielder
17Steed MalbranqueMidfielder
21Maxime GonalonsMidfielder
9Lisandro LópezDefender
18Bafetimbi GomisStriker
16Anthony LopesGoalkeeper
14BakyDefender
3Fabián MonzónDefender
12Jordan FerriMidfielder
28Arnold MvuembaMidfielder
31Rachid GhezzalMidfielder
25Yassine BenziaStriker
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
5 5 0 0
The 31-year-old continued his fantastic scoring record for PSG with his first hat-trick in French football in the 4-0 demolition of Valenciennes. With Ibrahimovic already on 17 league goals, he is only four short of last season's winner Olivier Giroud. Against leaders Lyon, he will again be the main source of attacking play, and will look to continue his blossoming relationship with the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Jeremy Menez and Javier Pastore.
Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Croatia international has done well to return from injury, and will want to add to his burgeoning reputation against the league leaders. At 23, Lovren has endured an injury-hit career at the Stade de Gerland, but when on form, the centre-half is certainly one of the best in his position in France. He is set to have a job on his hands keeping out a PSG side who have scored 10 in their last three fixtures.
Prediction
Arguably the biggest clash of the season so far in Ligue 1. While on paper PSG possess the quality to topple Lyon and regain top spot in the table, you would only have to go back three weeks to see Remi Garde's injury-hit squad thrash Olympique de Marseille 4-1. Lyon's record in the capital doesn't read well, but they are a solid side who are able to repel whatever Carlo Ancelotti's men throw at them.
Editor's Prediction
PSG 1
Lyon 1

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