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  • March 2, 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Stade Auguste-Delaune II, Reims
  • Referee: P. Kalt
  • • Attendance: 20098
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Stade de Reims-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side aim to cap off encouraging week with win

Stade de Reims-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side aim to cap off encouraging week with win

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The capital club enjoyed a fruitful couple of days with two victories over arch-rivals Marseille, and will be hoping to continue their title charge with an expected victory

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

STADE DE REIMS


Agassa
Fofana, Tacalfred, Weber, Signorino
Ca, Krychowiak
Fortes, Devaux, Diego
Courtet


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Menez, Verratti, Matuidi, Pastore
Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic


Stade de Reims coach Hubert Fournier is without right-back Aissa Mandi following his red card in his previous Ligue 1 outing last weekend.

Mohamed Fofana could revert into the right-back role for the visit of the Ligue 1 leaders, though there is a clamour for places up front, with Nicolas Fauvergue and Nicolas De Preville vying for the striker position, though Gaetan Courtet should be handed the nod.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti could rest a few players for the trip to lowly Reims, though Zlatan Ibrahimovic should feature, having been suspended for the Champions League return against Valencia next week.

David Beckham featured for a combined 102 minutes in both clashes against Olympique de Marseille in the Coupe de France and Ligue 1 over the past five days, but the returning Marco Verratti should relegate him to the bench.

The leaders have also been boosted by the return of Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta to training, though it is unclear whether they will be risked on Saturday afternoon.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 against arch-rivals Marseille in their last Ligue 1 outing.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side have gone fifteen games unbeaten at the Parc des Princes.
  • PSG have averaged three goals per game in their last six home encounters against promoted sides.
  • Stade de Reims are face a relegation battle as they are 17th with 24 points.
  • Hubert Fournier's side have failed to win an away game in 23 attempts in Ligue 1.
  • Reims' Diego and Gael Courtet have scored almost two thirds of the club's league goals so far this season.

Players to watch

G. Courtet

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

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Perhaps one of the few Reims' players to have enjoyed a decent season so far, Courtet has at times, come good for the Champagne outfit, after a turbulent last few years, to prove his value to the struggling outfit. Eight league goals may not be a brilliant return, but the hard-working striker has shown that he can cause problems in the opposition defence with his pace and physical attributes.

E. Lavezzi

Position: Attacker

Games: 5

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The Argentine star continues to dazzle in the second half of the season for PSG, a welcome sight following his initial troubles in the capital, as well as the importance of form as the leaders chase a potential treble. With further tests to come, the former Napoli star can really highlight his worth to les Parisiens with a consistent performance on Saturday.

Editor's Prediction

With Carlo Ancelotti's side enjoying a three-point lead over Lyon, and a further five ahead of Marseille, it appears to be their title to lose. Reims have struggled since their surprise start in October, and have continued to languish in the bottom half of the table. Expect the visitors to complete a routine victory ahead of the Champions League tie against Valencia.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Reims

PSG

Wins
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1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stade de Reims REI
Stade de Reims Reims
Draw
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
86%

Top 3 Predictions

Stade de Reims REI
0 - 3
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Stade de Reims REI
0 - 2
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Stade de Reims REI
1 - 3
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG

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