Paris Saint-Germain - Stade de Reims Preview: Ancelotti's men aim to silence in-form visitors with assured display

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell
Bodmer, Matuidi, Sissoko
Pastore, Menez
Ibrahimovic

STADE DE REIMS

Agassa
Mandi, Tacalfred, Weber, Souare
Ca, Krychowiak
Glombard, Devaux, Diego
Courtet


Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has a number of injury issues ahead of the visit of in-form Stade de Reims on Saturday afternoon.

Midfielder Clement Chantome suffered injury while on international duty with France, in last week's 1-0 defeat to Japan, joining Thiago Motta on the sidelines. With Italy international Marco Verratti suspended, Ancelotti could be forced to use either Mathieu Bodmer, or youngster Adrien Rabiot, who featured earlier in the Ligue 1 season, in the middle.

Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic trained individually on Thursday along with Mohamed Sissoko, though it is not yet certain that they will be rested, with the club having one eye on the Champions League clash away to Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

Surprise side Stade de Reims are unlikely to alter their team after a good start to the season, in which they currently occupy fifth place, just two points behind Saturday's opponents.

Hubert Fournier will be without striker Nicolas Fauvergue who is suspended, though substitute Gaetan Courtet scored twice in their previous outing, a 3-1 victory over Nice.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Paris Saint-Germain endured a 2-2 draw against arch-rivals Marseille in their last Ligue 1 outing.

  • Carlo Ancelotti's side have gone fifteen games unbeaten at the Parc des Princes.

  • PSG have averaged three goals per game in their last six home encounters against promoted sides.

  • The club are yet to concede a league goal in the second half so far this season.

  • Stade de Reims have catapulted to fifth place in Ligue 1, just two points behind the hosts. They can leapfrog PSG with victory.

  • Reims have not conceded a first half goal in the league this season.

  • Hubert Fournier's side have failed to win an away game in 23 attempts in Ligue 1.

  • Reims' Diego and Gael Courtet have scored almost two thirds of the club's league goals so far this season.
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