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25.02. (Sat) 21:00 Olympique Lyonnais - Paris Saint Germain

Coupe de France : Nene (Dijon vs Paris SG)



Reveillere, Cris, Kone, Cissokho
Briand, Kallstrom, Gonalons, Bastos
Gomis, Lisandro


Ceara, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Motta, Sissoko, Matuidi
Menez, Nene

Lyon go into this match without the injured duo of Yoann Gourcuff and Dejan Lovren, but both are expected to feature in the squad again soon. Additionally, young creative midfielder Jeremy Clement will watch on from the stands because of suspension.

Garde still has plenty of options and could play a variety of formations, ranging from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2. With Kim Kallstrom’s future still somewhat uncertain – he is attracting interest from Rubin Kazan and could even leave before this fixture – Gueida Fofana should be ready to take the Swede’s place in the heart of the midfield, while Ederson will be primed for a more offensive role should he receive the call.

PSG’s headaches come at right-back, where Christophe Jallet and Milan Bisevac are both struggling with injuries. Ceara has had a viral infection, and if he is not fit by Saturday evening, a significant rethink will be needed by Carlo Ancelotti. There is also some doubt over Mathieu Bodmer.

After Javier Pastore only managed a few minutes in the dramatic 2-2 draw against Montpellier last weekend, the Argentine should not be considered an automatic choice from the outset, but it is Kevin Gameiro’s place that is under threat. Guillaume Hoarau could also be given the nod, having scored the vital leveller last weekend.


  • Lyon sit sixth in Ligue 1 presently, boasting 39 points from their fixtures to date.
  • OL average more than two goals scored per game at home, registering 23 in their 11 matches in the Rhone Valley this season, with Bafetimbi Gomis their top scorer with five strikes.
  • Les Gones have not lost a match after 90 minutes at home against PSG since April 2005, when they went down 1-0.
  • PSG top Le Championnat, having picked up 51 points to date, but had they not scored the equaliser late on against Montpellier last weekend, they would be second behind la Paillade.
  • Away from home, Ancelotti’s side have the tightest defensive record in the league, conceding only nine times in 11 games.
  • Three sides have seen a greater percentage of possession than les Parisiens this season: Lille (58 per cent), Olympique de Marseille (55%) and Lorient (54%).
Lyon are really struggling offensively at the moment, with several of their star players failing to find their top level, and if they fail to do so again at the weekend, a defeat looks likely. PSG haven’t been especially coherent in recent times, but they’re a smart enough unit to overcome the Lyon side, who are liable to leave gaps for them to counterattack into.
Editor's Prediction
Lyon 1-2 PSG