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  • May 5, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: A. Castro
  • • Attendance: 44948
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Paris Saint-Germain-Valenciennes Preview: Ancelotti's side on brink of first Ligue 1 title since 1994

Paris Saint-Germain-Valenciennes Preview: Ancelotti's side on brink of first Ligue 1 title since 1994

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The Ligue 1 leaders can wrap up their first domestic crown in 19 years this weekend if Olympique de Marseille fail to win


Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has seen his midfield depleted with a number of suspensions, most of which originated from the brawl that followed last weekend's 1-0 win against Evian.

Thiago Motta continues to serve his suspension, whilst Marco Verratti and David Beckham were handed a two and one match bans respectively for their red cards at the Parc des Sports last Sunday.

Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was initially supposed to have been sent off by referee Olivier Thual, but failed to receive his red card from the official, meaning the LFP have allowed him to be available, with his two-match ban starting on Monday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed training on Friday but is expected to be fit, while Clement Chantome should be named in midfield given the shortage of options available.

Valenciennes coach Daniel Sanchez is likely to continue with Lindsay Rose in place of defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, with the Rennes-born youngster impressing in recent weeks. Gregory Pujol is injured and joins the likes of Loris Nery and Dusan Djuric on the treatment table.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit top of Ligue 1 with 73 points - nine clear of nearest challengers Olympique de Marseille.
  • Should the 2010 champions fail to beat Bastia at Stade Velodrome on Saturday, PSG will be crowned champions for the first time since 1994.
  • PSG have won their last six games against the visitors - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 win at Stade du Hainaut in December.
  • Valenciennes sit in 12th position, having amassed 41 points over the 34 games played so far.
  • Daniel Sanchez's men have lost all but one of their games away to teams currently in the top half of the table.
  • Valenciennes have two clean sheets in their last three games - they were nine games without a win before Nicolas Isimat-Mirin was dropped.
  • If PSG do wrap up the title this weekend, the LFP have confirmed the Ligue 1 trophy will not be presented.

Players to watch

J. Pastore

Position: Midfielder

Games: 34

  • 5
  • 4
  • 0
The former Palermo star is finally coming good on his pricetag after a series of impressive displays in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt in recent weeks. With key goals in Ligue 1, last week at Evian, as well as the Champions League and Coupe de France in recent weeks, it's no surprise that the Argentine's return to form coincides with PSG's recent successes on the pitch. In stark contrast to his lethargic performances earlier in the season, Pastore plays with the confidence and creativity which has propelled Carlo Ancelotti's men to the title.

L. Rose

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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  • 0
  • 0
The 21-year-old defender usurped the position of fellow highly-rated defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin in the squad, and has repaid the faith shown by Daniel Sanchez with a series of good performances at the back. With Valenciennes on a nine-match winless streak before his introduction, Rose has contributed to two clean sheets in the last three games to arrest the side's poor form to seal a mid-table finish. He'll face a tougher task at the Parc des Princes, however.

Editor's Prediction

The Parisian outfit have hit form at exactly the right time, amidst a late push from Marseille, they've won each of their last five games in Ligue 1. They have a fantastic record against Sunday's visitors, and look certain to claim a home win at least, if not the title, come Sunday evening.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

PSG

Valenciennes

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Draw
Valenciennes FC VAL
Valenciennes FC Valenciennes
85%

Top 3 Predictions

Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
3 - 0
Valenciennes FC VAL
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
2 - 0
Valenciennes FC VAL
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
3 - 1
Valenciennes FC VAL

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