Coupe de France final preview: PSG - Lille

Cup holders PSG meet Ligue 1 leaders Lille, with a mouthwatering cup final in prospect at the Stade de France on Saturday


Paris Saint Germain (4-3-3): Coupet; Ceara, Sakho, Camara, Armand; Makelele, Bodmer, Chantome; Nene, Erding, Hoarau;


PSG coach Antoine Koumbouare has announced that defenders Marcos Ceara and Sylvian Armand have been passed fit to play in the cup final. Armand, who was struggling with his left knee, and Ceara (hip), have had their fears alleviated and will now play a part in Les Parisien's quest to successfully defend their trophy. Peguy Luyindula (ankle) remains an absentee whilst Christophe Jallet is suspended.

Lille OSC (4-3-3): Landreau; Beria, Rami, Debuchy, Rozehnal; Cabaye, Chedjou, Mavuba; Hazard, Sow, Gervinho;


Lille midfielder Florent Balmont over-exerted himself in the defeat of Saint Etienne in midweek and could find himself out of contention for the  final. Fellow defender Adil Rami is also uncertain, but faces a late fitness test on Friday to ascertain his position. Gervinho and Ludovic Obraniak, who were suspended for their last league match, return to the side.


  • PSG are the cup holders having beaten AS Monaco in last year's showpiece. Guillaume Hoarau struck in the 105th minute to seal the win.
  • Les Parisiens will be appearing in their 12th Coupe de France final, second to Marseille's 18.
  • They have also won this tournament eight times.
  • Antoine Koumbouare's men comfortably negotiated their passage to the final, defeating Ligue 1 side Lens, amateur side Agen, Martigues, Le Mans, before beating Ligue 2 surprise package Angers SCO 3-1 in the semi-final.
  • The capital club are also in contention for a Champions League berth, via their league position. They sit 4th in Ligue 1, a point behind Lyon.
  • PSG prevailed 2-1 against Lille, the last time they met in this competition in 2006.
  • Lille are into their first cup final in 56 years, having last tasted success in 1955.
  • They have made eight appearances in the final of the Coupe de France.
  • Les Dogues are the fourth-most successful team in the tournament, winning five times.
  • Lille's last cup win was a 5-2 defeat of Bordeaux in 1955.
  • Rudi Garcia's men made it to the final by comfortably beating amateur side Forbach, Wasquehal. They needed extra-time and penalties to dispose of Nantes and Lorient, before beating Nice 2-0 in the semi-final.
  • The Dogues can also make it one half of a memorable double on Saturday, as they are also top of Ligue 1 , four points ahead of nearest challengers Marseille with only three games to go.

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