Match Preview: Nice vs PSG


Ligue 1

Venue: Stade Municipal du Ray

Date: 12th February 2012

Kick-Off: 16:00 (GMT)

Paris Saint-Germain travel to relegation strugglers Nice tomorrow afternoon looking to consolidate a three point lead at the top of Ligue 1.

With Montpellier hosting Ajaccio this afternoon, a win for Rene Girard’s side could see them go level on points with PSG, heaping the pressure on the capital side to go all out for the win.

Despite the cold snap, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have trained all week undercover at Camp des Loges but were unable to participate in the Coupe de France. The game against Dijon, which was scheduled for last Tuesday, was postponed due to a frozen pitch at the Stade Gaston Gerard. This could work in favour of the leaders who will be rejuvenated and looking to capitalise on last weekend’s battling display at home to Evian.

Despite falling a goal behind, a brace via Nene and a late Kevin Gameiro strike rounded off a 3-1 victory in front of a rapturous Parc des Princes. Although it was not a vintage performance – the visitors having their fair share of the game – Ancelotti’s midas touch was once again apparent and has tasted victory in every game since his arrival.

As for tomorrow’s opponents, they have hit a poor run of form of late. Les Aiglons have not won in their last five in all competitions but last week’s draw away to Ajaccio did end the rut of four consecutive defeats. They are sitting in the bottom three, a point from safety but have two massive games back to back after tomorrow against fellow Ligue 1 strugglers Dijon and Caen.

Their Tunisian striker Anthony Mounier will pose as a potent threat to the central defence of PSG. Although he has only netted four times this season, he is a focal point and an outlet for Le Gym. The club are also buoyed by the return of Eric Mouloungui and Palun Lloyd from the African Cup of Nations after their side Gabon were eliminated in the quarter-final stage last week. It remains to be seen if they are involved tomorrow but it looks highly probable.

Team wise for Le Parisiens, Alex may be in line for his debut after a successful week in training. Ligue 1 Player of the Month Milan Bisevac is also pushing for a start but the form of Diego Lugano may see him ushered to the bench. Javier Pastore is still out as he recovers from a muscle tear in his thigh but unfortunately the Argentine has been suffering with gastroenteritis all week. Nevertheless, he is still on course to return for the huge clash with Montpellier next weekend.

PSG ran out 2-1 victors over Nice back in September and will seek more of the same by 6pm tomorrow evening.

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