Dijon FCO vs PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Coupe de la Ligue
Venue: Stade Gaston Gerard
Date: 26th October 2011
Kick-Off: 16:00 (GMT)
Another PSG and Dijon preview already? Do not worry folks this is no mistake, Paris Saint-Germain will be taking on DFCO once again, this time in the Coupe de la Ligue tomorrow afternoon.
Both sides met on Sunday with the Parisians running out 2-0 winners in a far from vintage display. Dijon Coach Patrice Carteron will have been delighted by his side as they more than matched their counterparts for large parts of the ninety. Thomas Guerbert and Benjamin Corgnet proved to be a real handful on the counter-attack and had they been more clinical in front of goal, then who knows what the final outcome would have been. Carteron has told France Football that he will be taking this competition seriously and said; “We will play by taking risks”, despite having one eye on the game against Marseille this weekend.
Due to European commitments, Antoine Kombouare’s men received a bye into the last-16, whereas Dijon got to this stage by beating Valenciennes in a 3-2 win at home back in August. Twice DFCO were pegged back by VA but Guerbert got the all important winner just before the hour mark.
PSG will have bitter memories of last year’s tournament. They narrowly missed out on a place in the final to Montpellier who booked a date with eventual winners Marseille thanks to Olivier Giroud, who netted the solitary goal minutes before the end of extra-time.
On the injury front, there had been doubts over the fitness of Mohamed Sissoko and Christophe Jallet. However, after being assessed this morning at Camp des Loges, both should make the trip. Milan Bisevac will finally make the matchday squad after being out of action for a significant period of time due to a groin injury. Mathieu Bodmer is also fit but Siaka Tiene will be left out after picking up a thigh strain at the weekend.
It will be interesting to see if Kombouare tinkers with his side. He has opted to do so in the Europa League and may be inclined to give Javier Pastore a rest.