PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs Slovan Bratislava
UEFA Europa League – Group F
Venue: Parc des Princes
Date: 3rd November 2011
Kick-Off: 18:00 (GMT)
This evening’s UEFA Europa League clash with Slovan Bratislava really is a must win for Paris Saint-Germain if they envisage progression to the latter stages of the competition.
The draw in Bratislava in the reverse fixture three weeks back was littered with a mixture of disappointment and pride. Although the Parisians would have relished a more favourable result instead of a 0-0 stalemate, they did scrap for a result despite a two man deficit as both Siaka Tiene and Clement Chantome both received their marching orders for two bookings.
Now back at the Parc des Princes and the feel good factor in full swing – even more so after the frenetic 4-2 win over Caen last weekend – PSG will more than fancy their chances at grabbing the spoils against the Slovaks.
Jeremy Menez, who has been a catalyst this season, told the club’s Official Site that a win tonight is vital and sees no reason why they cannot get it:
“The win is imperative, especially after the draw we conceded away to them (Slovan). If we want to keep going in this competition, we have to get all three points. We’re playing well and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t get the win.” he told.
Although confidence is high at Camp des Loges, tonight’s guests proved just how resilient they were at their stomping ground last month and will be buoyed by their recent good form.
Since meeting PSG on match-day three, they have gone three games unbeaten. They earned a crucial 2-2 draw away to title rivals Senica, progressed in the Slovak Cup and came from behind against Zilina to register a massive 2-1 to leave them just two points off league leaders Spartak Trnava.
Juraj Halenar, who netted a brace in that win over Zilina will pose as a potent threat to the Parisian backline. Whether or not the defence will include Diego Lugano – who was dropped at the weekend – remains to be seen. Coach Antoine Kombouare has rotated his team all season, particularly in Europe and tomorrow will be no different. Nicolas Douchez will return in goal in place of Salvatore Sirigu and Kombouare may recall Javier Pastore back to the European fold having left him on the bench away at Slovan.
Clement Chantome and Siaka Tiene are suspended having been dismissed in Slovakia. Blaise Matuidi is still out with a thigh injury but defender Milan Bisevac is in line for a start having been out for two months.