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  • November 3, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: L. Duhamel
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Paris Saint-Germain - Saint-Etienne Preview: Ancelotti's men hoping to further extend Ligue 1 lead

Paris Saint-Germain - Saint-Etienne Preview: Ancelotti's men hoping to further extend Ligue 1 lead

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Christophe Galtier's side are in good form of late, but travel to the capital having not won at the Parc des Princes for more than five years

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Porto
Sirigu
Van der Wiel, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell Matuidi, Verratti, Sissoko
Menez, Pastore
Ibrahimovic

AS SAINT-ETIENNE

Ruffier
Clerc, Mignot, Perrin, Ghoulam
Cohade, Clement, Lemoine
Aubameyang (or Gradel), Hamouma
Brandao

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will welcome back striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, as well as Marco Verratti and Alex, after the quartet were rested for the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16 win over Olympique de Marseille on Wednesday evening.

All four players took part in full training on Thursday, as well as Ezequiel Lavezzi and Nene after thigh and cheekbone injuries, with the ex-Napoli forward in a race against time to make the bench.

Thiago Motta and Diego Lugano are still sidelined, while either Mamadou Sakho or Alex will replace Zoumana Camara in defence.

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier is sweating on the fitness of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with the club's top scorer struggling with a knock.

Should the Gabon international not make the trip to Paris, Ivorian midfielder Max Alain Gradel will take his place, having starred in the midweek win over Sochaux.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit atop of the Ligue 1 table, having maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 win over Nancy.
  • PSG are unbeaten in their last seven encounters against the 10-time French champions.
  • Les Parisiens are yet to concede a goal in the second-half this season in Ligue 1.
  • After both sides emerged from their Coupe de la Ligue triumphs in midweek, the two teams will face each other at the end of November in the quarter-final.
  • Saint-Etienne sit fifth in Ligue 1, having amassed a total of 15 points so far this season.
  • Les Verts have not managed a victory against the capital club at the Parc des Princes since 2007
  • Christophe Galtier's men have won only one of their last six away games in the division.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG, pictured right) is top scorer of Ligue 1, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in second with seven strikes.

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Available Squads
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
17MaxwellDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
15Siaka TiénéDefender
33AlexDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
5Mathieu BodmerMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
16Stéphane RuffierGoalkeeper
20Jonathan BrisonMidfielder
24Loïc PerrinDefender
26M. Bayal Defender
29François ClercDefender
6Jérémy ClémentMidfielder
18Fabien LemoineMidfielder
23Josuha GuilavoguiMidfielder
21Romain HamoumaMidfielder
7Max-Alain GradelStriker
9BrandaoStriker
30Jessy MoulinGoalkeeper
12Jean-Pascal MignotDefender
13Faouzi GhoulamDefender
8Álex AlonsoDefender
10Renaud CohadeMidfielder
17Pierre-Emerick AubameyangStriker
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
4 5 0 0
The Sweden striker has looked a little bit tired of late, and even when scoring goals - including last week's winner against Nancy, it was clear that the 31-year-old was not particularly active, having played the overwhelming majority of PSG games so far this season. The rest in midweek should have done Zlatan good, and while the capital side have been accused of being to dependent on Ibra - the big man should be back to his best this weekend.
Romain Hamouma
Romain Hamouma
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
The former Caen midfielder has hit the ground running at Stade Geoffrey Guichard, and is finally highlighting his occasional brilliance at the age of 25. Scored twice in the cup win over Sochaux in midweek, and could do his profile the world of good with a continued presence in Paris. A techinically gifted player, with bursts of pace - can he unlock a solid Parisian defence?
Prediction
The PSG juggernaut rolls on, and with just one defeat to their name in competitive football this season so far, it is hard to see them slipping up in domestic action anytime soon. Thiago Silva and co. appear to be gelling well, and despite expected Sainte pressure, Carlo Ancelotti's side should come through this test.
Editor's Prediction
PSG 2

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