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Ligue 1

  • February 17, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade Auguste-Bonal, Montbéliard
  • Referee: L. Jaffredo
  • • Attendance: 19390

Sochaux-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: All eyes on Montbeliard as Beckham set to make French debut

Sochaux-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: All eyes on Montbeliard as Beckham set to make French debut


Les Parisiens have hit top form lately while title rivals Olympique Lyonnais and Marseille have fallen back, and they face Eric Hely's men who are in danger of the drop on Sunday

FC Sochaux
Corchia, Poujol, Kante, Roussillon
Lopy, Nogueira
Boudebouz, Roudet
Dias, Privat


Van der Wiel, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Menez, Matuidi, Chantome, Pastore
Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic

Sochaux coach Eric Hely can count upon a near-full strength side as the club welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Stade Auguste Bonal in the headline game on Sunday.

Sebastien Roudet is likely to be preferred to Ismail Yartey on the left side of midfield, whilst new signing Rafael Dias tussles with Cedric Bakambu and Edouard Butin for the right to partner top scorer Sloan Privat up front.

Thierry Doubai and Sanjin Prcic remain sidelined for the hosts, who have lost seven of their last eight against the capital club.

Meanwhile, David Beckham-mania awaits the small town of Montbeliard near the Swiss border with the former England captain in line to make his debut for the Ligue 1 leaders, having watched them beat Valencia 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Though not expected to start having only commenced first-team training on Wednesday, the 37-year-old is set to feature at some point, with Lucas Moura most likely to make way for Jeremy Menez in the starting 11, as Ancelotti seeks to rotate his side ahead of a tough remainder of fixtures this month.

Thiago Motta and Thiago Silva remain sidelined, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic - sent off at Mestalla - expected to keep his place, Clement Chantome is also in the frame for a starting recall.


  • Sochaux sit in 18th place in Ligue 1, behind Evian on goals scored, having amassed 23 points so far this season.
  • Les Lionceaux have only kept one clean sheet at home this season in the league.
  • Hely's side's last win in this fixture came in August 2010, when they beat the capital side 3-1.
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit top of Ligue 1, six points clear of Olympique Lyonnais.
  • The Parisiens have conceded just one goal in the league since early December, with Wahib Khazri of Bastia ending Salvatore Sirigu's club record in last week's game.
  • PSG have won each of their last four away games, without conceding a goal.
  • Should Zlatan Ibrahimovic score, it will be his 10th consecutive away game that he has found the net, as well as surpassing last year's top scorer haul set by Olivier Giroud and Nene (21).


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Available Squads
1Simon PouplinGoalkeeper
2Sebastien CorchiaDefender
5Cédric KantéDefender
33Jérôme Roussillon Midfielder
27Loïc PoujolMidfielder
31Joseph Romeric LopyMidfielder
7Ryad BoudebouzMidfielder
18Sébastien RoudetMidfielder
5Vincent NogueiraMidfielder
20Edouard ButinStriker
44Giovanni-Guy Yann SioStriker
1D. OvonoGoalkeeper
23David SaugetDefender
27Omar DafDefender
-Mohamed TraoréStriker
9Sloan PrivatStriker
22Cédric BakambuStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
15Siaka TiénéDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Antoine ConteDefender
-Kingsley ComanMidfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker
Players to Watch
Sloan Privat
Sloan Privat
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The much-maligned striker is capable of impressing against the big teams of the division, and his physical approach play should see him measure up well against a PSG rearguard who, for all their qualities are known for a momentary lapse here and there. Privat has just five goals this season, and edging into the final third of the campaign, the club will look towards him to ignite a battle for safety. Where better to start against the leaders?
Mamadou Sakho
Mamadou Sakho
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Paris-born centre-back has made it clear that he won't play second-fiddle to Thiago Silva and Alex, but the former captain has certainly given Ancelotti a headache with Silva's absence after a run of impressive performances which in part has led to Salvatore Sirigu's club record of not conceding a league goal for over two months. Defensively solid once more in Spain on Tuesday, the young defender may have his wish of being first-choice granted sooner or later.
As Ancelotti's side race towards the title, their current form points to nothing else but a victory at the Bonal on Sunday, especially given their recent record against the struggling side. However, Sochaux are capable of springing an upset after beating Marseille here in snowy conditions last month. Nevertheless, Beckham or no Beckham, this should be a straightforward win for the league leaders.
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