Parisiens Look To Assert Their Authority Back At The Top Of Ligue 1

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PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN VS AS NANCY

LIGUE 1

VENUE: PARC DES PRINCES

DATE: 9TH MARCH 2013

KICK-OFF: 16:00 (GMT)

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Paris Saint-Germain slipped on an almighty banana skin last weekend away to Stade de Reims and they will have to be on their guard today to make sure they do not slip on another.

Nancy make the visit to the Parc ds Princes three days after our qualification to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. A truly magnificent occasion for all those affiliated with the club. Not only overcoming one of Europe’s most renowned clubs in Valencia but also making it into the last-eight with some of the continents giants such as Real Madrid and Juventus. Everyone will be glued to their televisions next week when the draw is made in Switzerland which will throw up a tantalising tie for us.

In the meantime, focus turns back to domestic matters. That defeat to Reims last weekend was damaging but we were dealt a smidgen of optimism with Lyon failing to capitalise – drawing 1-1 away to Brest. They did cut the gap however to two points but we can take that up to five with a victory before they face fellow title rivals Marseille at the Stade Gerland on Sunday. That is a pivotal clash that could finally put Marseille out of contention all together or put them level on points with Les Gones with a win. The stakes could not be higher.

As for us, we are facing a team that look dead certainties to be relegated come the end of the campaign. Currently languishing in 19th, they are six points adrift from safety – seven really when you take into context their dreaded goal difference (-21). Credit to them though, they are not giving up the fight and conjured up an impressive 2-1 victory away to Sochaux last weekend. They are no strangers to producing upsets either having humbled Marseille at the Velodrome 1-0 last month.

It will come as no surprise that Patrick Gabriel’s side have the third worst defence in the league having shipped in 45 goals. Only Troyes and Bastia have conceded more. It would seem inconceivable for us not to pick up all three points considering our sterling home form and the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The big Swede is back after his European suspension but Thiago Motta has suffered a relapse after making his long awaited return to the team in the week. A calf injury has effectively put him on the shelf for a further three weeks which is a huge blow to a player who has been plagued all season by injury. Either Marco Verratti or David Beckham will come in to partner the ever present Blaise Matuidi.


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