PSG – Montpellier 29.03.2013
Paris Saint-Germain can make a giant step towards the league title by winning this game and thus extending their five-point lead at the top of the standings, while Montpellier aim to remain in the race for European places with three points from Parc des Princes, even if that is easier said than done.
Wealthy Qatari owners have done everything in their power to make life easier for boss Carlo Ancelotti, having splashed the cash on some of world’s top players over the last few transfer windows. Due to that fact, many believe that results of the team entirely depend on star players like Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi, Thiago Silva and Pastore, but the likes of Jallet, Maxwell, Matuidi, Verratti and Lucas Moura are also offering great contribution. Some impressive showings have seen the Saints create a five-point lead at the top of the league standings, while qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals, so they look ready to turn this season into a major success. PSG may have squandered a two-goal lead last time out against Saint Etienne, but with several key players back to the side, they look a good bet to return to winning ways and edge closer to the elusive league title.
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Montpellier surprised everyone to clinch the Ligue 1 title last term, but the team have been nowhere near good enough this season. Having sold just one key player in the summer, la Paillade were predicted another successful campaign, but they have utterly failed to live up to the expectations. The team largely struggled in the first part of the season, and while they have shown some improvement after getting eliminated from Europe, their displays still leave a lot to be desired. With key midfielder Younes Belhanda battling numerous injuries and neither Herrera nor Charbonnier proving capable of properly replacing Olivier Giroud, Montpellier don’t really look capable of matching the best sides in the league. Having picked up just one point from last two matches, the visitors arrive at Parc des Princes very low on confidence.