PSG vs Montpellier Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 29, 2013; Time: 7:30 PM UTC;
Venue: Parc des Princes — Paris.
Ancelotti’s team will try to strengthen 1st place ahead of Barcelona visit. The hosts will play against current Ligue 1 champions and will be looking for 3 points ahead of their vital Champions League quarter-final game.
Montpellier made a big surprise after taking the title ahead of the Parisians last year, but they are struggling this season.
PSG stands at the top of Ligue 1 with 58 points from 29 games, having 17 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses. Parisians have 5 points advantage over 2nd-placed Lyon. Their present form has seen 1 loss, 2 wins and 2 draws from last five games in all competitions. Last five home matches Les Parisians have finished with 4 wins and 1 draw. Parc des Princes have seen 15 Ligue 1 games this season, which finished with 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses. Also, PSG have 4 home wins in row. But, the Parisiens have won just 2 of their last 11 fixtures against Montpellier at the Parc des Princes. Their best goal-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 25 goals and 5 assists.
Montpellier goes 7th with 45 points form 29 games, winning 13, drawing 6 and loosing 10 so far this season. They are fighting for a Europa League ticket with just 4 points behind 4th-placed Saint-Etienne. Their present form has seen 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat from last five games. Last five away matches Montpellier have finished with 4 losses and 1 win.
PSG head coach Carlo Ancelotti will try to focus his men on Montpellier ahead of a Champions League quarter-final match against Barcelona on Tuesday. It is expected that we will see strongest possible squad, as Les Parisians aim to win the Ligue 1 title. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been allowed to play in Tuesday’s game by UEFA after his uncertain red card. Also, Lucas Moura could recover from the ankle injury in time. David Beckham just returned from a diplomatic trip to China and couldn’t feature. Marco Verratti will play ahead of Clement Chantome.
Montpellier boss Rene Girard has no new injury concerns. Abdelhamid El Kaoutari’s will continue in defence, while Daniel Congre wil play at the right-back.
PSG line-up: Sirigu, Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Lucas Moura, Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic.
Last three matches:
AS Saint-Etienne 2 – Paris Saint-Germain 2;
Paris Saint-Germain 2 – AS Nancy-Lorraine 1;
Paris Saint-Germain 1 – Valencia CF 1.
Montpellier line-up: Jourdren, Congre, Hilton, El Kaoutari, Bedimo, Dabo, Stambouli, Camara, Belhanda, Utaka, Charbonnier.
Last three matches:
Montpellier HSC 1 – ESTAC Troyes 1;
OGC Nice 2 – Montpellier HSC 0;
Montpellier HSC 2 – Stade Rennais FC 0.