VALENCIENNES FC VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
VENUE: STADE DU HAINAUT
DATE: 11TH DECEMBER 2012
KICK-OFF: 18:00 (GMT)
Paris Saint-Germain will be seeking consecutive Ligue 1 wins away to Valenciennes tonight ahead of Sunday’s massive top of the table clash with Olympique Lyonnais.
It is an incentive to win any game, but even more so this evening. With Lyon not playing till tomorrow, a win will put us within two points of them. Any slip-up at home to Nancy – which may seem doubtful – would really crank things up at the Parc at the weekend and a Parisien victory would be massive with a week to go till the winter break.
The 4-4-2 system Carlo Ancelotti has utilised in the last two games has been a rapid transformation in terms of the fluidity in the team’s play. The Italian hinted in his pre-match presser that he will continue to use it after admitting the competition for places in central midfield is fierce now there are only two available spots – not the three we have grew accustomed to.
He also hailed the resurgence of Javier Pastore who looks set for another start after becoming a revelation out wide. He was outstanding at the weekend against Evian, at the centre of everything that was good going forward.
We will be coming up against a good outfit tomorrow who are surprising many with their performances. Usually nothing more than a mid-table finish for VA, they may be suffering from a nose bleed considering their position in the table, flying high in fifth, just two places behind us, and three points too.
Just two defeats in their last 10, and even they came against Lille and Saint-Etienne. The impressive Foued Kadir has been pivotal to their success thus far. Heading into his fourth year with the club, the Algerian has netted six goals this season, playing just off Anthony Le Tallec. Liverpool fans will be aware of him having been on the books at Melwood and he has found the back of the net five times, the most goals he has scored in a season since he was at Le Mans in 2010.
Finally, Ancelotti was very clear with what he expects from his team and is not going to allow their concentration to deter with the clash against Les Gones on Sunday. He simply said; “We need to be focused 100% on the game and not think about the game this weekend against Lyon”. And he is right. Three points are a must this evening with the form of Remi Garde’s men being pretty imperious at present.