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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Paris Saint-Germain vs Olympique Lyon - 1 December 2013 French Ligue 1

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Parc des Princes, Paris, France  
Sunday, 01 December 2013 - French Ligue 1
 
Of course that current French champions and this time don’t even think about anything else except a certain victory, as it is the only way to maintain a solid lead over the second-placed Lille, which currently stands on four points. Coach Blanca’s players are still undefeated this season and in the championship have effect of 10 wins and four draws. On top of it, they won in August the French Super Cup defeating Bordeaux with 2-1. In the Champions League had from before secured a place in the knockout phase, and its dominance in the group was confirmed on last week when they won Olympiacos at home, so now after five rounds have even 13 points .
All this indicates that in the continuation of the season we can expect even more from this team in all competitions, and we here have especially in mind great striking duo Ibrahimovic – Cavani, who in last 14 rounds of Ligue 1 have scored by nine goals each. Let’s add that for this match are questionable only lightly injured midfielders Pastore and Verratti.

Unlike the PSG, Lyon is very variable this season and is therefore at the moment on seventh place in Ligue 1, and has even 10 points less than teams who occupy positions which lead in the Champions League. However, it should be noted that this is a good placement for them when we remember how badly they opened the season. In last three rounds they managed to win seven points and get little bit closer to the leading teams. After two consecutive victories they failed last weekend at home when they played just 1-1 with Valenciennes, so for the rest of the season a lot of work expects them in order to return on positions that they deserve according to the players’ quality.
 Regarding their performances in the Europe League, they were not overly convincing but after recent victory over Betis at home have managed to secure placement in the next round, given that before the end of the round have four points more than third Guimaraes. It means a lot to them in terms of self-confidence ahead of this difficult away match at the Parc des Princes, where coach Guard can count on almost all best players apart from before injured defender Dabo.

Possible line-ups:
Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu – van der Wiel, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell – Motta, Matuidi – Lucas, Lavezzi – Cavani, Ibrahimovic.
Olympique Lyon: Vercoutre – Lopes, Bisevac, Umtiti, Bedimo – Gonalons, Fofana, Malbranque – Grenier – Lacazette, Gomis.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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