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AS Saint-Etienne vs Paris Saint-Germain Match Preview

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This weekend’s fixture pits second place PSG away to seventh place Saint-Etienne at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

PSG will want to pick up where they left off after battering Bastia last week, whereas Saint-Etienne will want to ensure they take their chances more regularly after sharing the points against Bordeaux.

PSG need to win this weekend to keep the pressure on Monaco and ensure that they are in prime position if the principality side drop any points. Despite a couple of high profile results (Nice, a fortnight ago) PSG have been relatively comfortable away from the Parc des Princes this season with 13 wins from 18 matches player, a record that they will want to continue to push in the right direction.

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Squad depth will be tested this week with Kurzawa injured, and the duo of Di Maria and Motta still suspended after absurd challenges against Nice. Squad depth has not usually been a problem for the Parisians, and shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to them this week.

Saint-Etienne have very little to play for this weekend as they are far enough out of the Europa League qualification spots to no longer be a realistic challenger. They will however want to give their fans a performance, despite having had inconsistent home form this season with 7 wins from 18 games. Les Verts will also want to ensure that manager Christophe Galtier, who is stepping down at the end of the season, gets the send off he deserves after consistently over achieving with the side.

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The first goal will be critical as PSG have not won an away game this season when they have conceded the match’s first goal, nor have they lost an away game this season in which they have scored the first goal.

Date: Sunday 14/05/2017
Time: 9pm local, 8pm BST
Location: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France

Head-to-Head

  • 37 matches (14 draws)
  • PSG: 10 wins
  • ASSE: 13 wins

Predicted Line-ups

ASSE: Ruffier; Malcuit, Theophile-Katherine, Perrin, Maiga; Selnaes, Pajot, Veretout; Monnet-Paquet, Beric, Hamouma

PSG: Trapp; Aurier, Marquinhos, Silva, Kimpembe; Verratti, Matuidi, Rabiot; Draxler, Pastore, Cavani