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28.01. (Sat) 19:00 Brestois - Paris Saint Germain

Nolan Roux (BREST) vs PSG

 Baysse, Zebina, Martial , LorenziLesoimier, Ewolo, Licka, Poyet
Toure/Alphonse, Baset


Ceara, Sakho, Bisevac, Maxwell
Jallet, Bodmer, Chantom
Menez, Nene

Stade Brestois boss Alex Dupont has no major injury concerns ahead of the visit of the league leaders to Stade Francis La Ble. Star man Nolan Roux has left the club to join Ligue 1 champions Lille earlier in the week, with Zurich forward Alexandre Alphonse looks likely to fill the void up front as the club look to prolong their unbeaten run in the league.
On the other hand, Carlo Ancelotti is without Javier Pastore after the ex-Palermo midfielder limped off in the Coupe de France win over Sable last week. The Argentine international is expected to miss two weeks, leaving Ancelotti to tweak PSG's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.
Clement Chantome, back from a thigh injury could take his place in midfield with Kevin Gameiro returning to spearhead the attack after being named on the bench against Toulouse a fortnight ago.
New signing Maxwell continues to stand-in for Saka Tiene who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations as les Parisiens continue their charge towards the title.

  • Brest lie in 11th place in Ligue 1 with 24 points following their 1-0 win over Nice on matchday 20.
  • Alex Dupont's men have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three league encounters.
  • Brest held les Parisiens to a 2-2 draw in this fixture last season. They are currently on a five match unbeaten run.
  • Paris Saint-Germain occupy 1st place in Ligue 1 with 43 points after their 3-1 win over Toulouse in their previous outing.
  • Les Parisiens, who remain three points ahead of Montpellier, have drawn five of their last visits to Stade Francis Le Ble.
  • Despite that run, Brest last won against PSG in 1985.
  • Interestingly, the capital club have failed to win any of their games in which Javier Pastore (right) has not featured in.

In what could necessarily be billed as a tight encounter given les Parisiens' recent games against a tricky Brest side, it would be difficult to see them gain three points at a stadium in which they have come unstuck in recent years.
Editor's Prediction
Brest 1-1 PSG