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Ligue 1

  • May 6, 2012
  • • 20:15
  • • Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
  • Referee: F. Fautrel
  • • Attendance: 16914

Valenciennes - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men seek top spot in Ligue 1

Valenciennes - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's men seek top spot in Ligue 1


Following Montpellier's slip-up against Evian in midweek, Carlo Ancelotti's men can take provisional top spot with victory on Sunday evening



Mater, Isimat-Mirin, Gil, Bong
Camara, Gomis, Cohade
Kadir, Danic


Jallet, Alex, Lugano, Maxwell
Thiago Motta, Matuidi
Menez, Pastore, Nene

Valenciennes manager Daniel Sanchez has injuries to contend with ahead of the visit of Paris Saint-Germain to the Stade du Hainaut.

Goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau is doubtful with a chest injury with Jose Saez (ankle) and Benjamin Angoua (knee) expected to sit out of Sunday's encounter along with Kenny Lala and Gregory Pujol who also sit out against Carlo Ancelotti's men.

Nevertheless, a boost to the hosts arrives in the form of Carlos Sanchez, with the midfielder completing his nine-match suspension in time to make himself available.

PSG are unlikely to tinker with the side that re-ignited their Ligue 1 title campaign with victory over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday. Zoumana Camara and Sylvain Armand started at the back in place of Siaka Tiene and Milan Bisevac. Ancelotti is expected to revert back to the Ivorian, who could start alongside Diego Lugano.

Captain Mamadou Sakho returns from a one-match ban after his sending off against Lille, though the France international has been overlooked by the Italian trainer, and could well be left on the bench. Up front, there should be no changes with either Nene or Kevin Gameiro leading the line with top spot up for grabs on Sunday evening.

  • Valenciennes are 12th in Ligue 1, with 40 points after their 4-1 defeat to Lyon on Wednesday.

  • A point could mathematically secure the club's Ligue 1 status for next season.

  • Daniel Sanchez's men are winless in their last four games against the capital club.

  • Valenciennes are only one of six sides (alongside the top four, and Toulouse) who have won more than ten home games this season.

  • PSG are second in Ligue 1, three points behind Montpellier after picking up their 20th win of the campaign on Wednesday.

  • Les Parisiens could go top on goal difference with victory at Stade du Hainaut.

  • Carlo Ancelotti's men have picked up 20 league wins - the most they have achieved for eight seasons.

  • PSG have won just a quarter of their away games under Carlo Ancelotti.

Editor's Prediction

As the end of the season moves into horizon, Ligue 1 remains one of the few title races on the continent where nothing is certain until the last matchday. After initially being ruled out after losing 2-1 to Lille, a shock Montpellier slip-up has opened up the door for Paris Saint-Germain. Expect them to take the gift - and provisional top spot - with a comfortable victory.

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