Ligue 1 Preview: Paris Saint-Germain v Valenciennes
Paris Saint-Germain can clinch the Ligue 1 title when they face Valenciennes at the Parc Des Princes.
The Parisians go into this contest knowing a win and anything less than three points for Marseille in their game with Bastia will see them crowned champions of France for the first time since 1994.
However, PSG will have to do it without a number of first-team players with goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, Marco Verratti and David Beckham all set to miss out through suspension after being sent-off in the 1-0 win at Evian.
Thiago Motta is also banned for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, but with no injury concerns the men from the French capital should be able to name a relatively strong squad for the visit of a team they dispatched 4-0 at the Stade du Hainaut back in December.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick in that game and the Swede can edge closer to the 40-goal mark against Daniel Sanchez’s side, who have won just three times away from home this term.
Valencinnes have effectively secured their Ligue 1 status for next season after taking five points from their last three games.
Sanchez’s men sit seven points clear of the drop zone and should be able to rest easy knowing that safety should be guaranteed in the coming weeks.
The visitors could again be without defender Rudy Mater and striker Anthony Le Tallec, and after scoring just one goal in their last three outings, his presence should be missed as they try to notch their first win over PSG since 2009.
The prospects of Valenciennes ending their drought against the men from the French capital are slim, Ancelotti’s men have not lost at the Parc Des Princes in the calendar year and with the likes of Javier Pastore and Jeremy Menez supporting Ibrahimovic on the goal front, it could well be celebration time in the streets of Paris on Sunday.
Thu 2 May, 2013