Match Preview: Lille vs PSG


Ligue 1

Venue: Stade Lille-Metropole

Date: 29th April 2012

Kick-Off: 20:00 (GMT)

Massive opportunity for Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow night as they look to strip champions Lille of their crown and eventually place it on their heads come next month.

Last week’s emphatic 6-1 drubbing of Sochaux answered many critics with Les Parisiens playing a brand of expansive football that had those in the Parc des Princes salivating. There were many pluses to take out of the game such as Javier Pastore’s renaissance in which he dictated the play along with yet another mammoth display by Jeremy Menez. Nene also came back into his own after a dreary couple of weeks with a performance that we have become accustomed to all season – influential.

Yet again however, defensive lapses were evident and had Modibo Maiga hit the back of the net rather than the post – which would have given his side the lead at the time – who knows what might have happened. Putting hindsight to one side, defending set-pieces and crosses into the box is still something that needs to be addressed. Alex and Milan Bisevac look a steady partnership but it certainly needs tinkering. Mamadou Sakho was once again on the bench and will appear to be again at the Stade Lille-Metropole tomorrow night.

No fresh injury concerns and with Momo Sissoko back from suspension he will be slotted back into the team but at the expense of who remains to be seen.

Lille trail PSG by just five points and know that a win will more or less end the capital club’s title charge, considering the form of leaders Montpellier which has been near immaculate. Their marquee name Eden Hazard has been struggling with his Achilles Tendon all week and only resumed training on Thursday. His participation remains a doubt but coach Rudi Garcia will have no hesitation in throwing him into the fold even is he is not 100%. From a Parisien point of view it will be a huge boost if he does indeed miss the game as his stats this season are terrific – 15 assists and 16 goals in the league.

Javier Pastore is under no illusion as to how big tomorrow night’s game is by telling Le Parisien; “If we beat Lille, we will be champions”. Easy said than done of course but we hope you’re right Flaco.

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