FRENCH LIGUE 1

Geoffroy-Guichard, France

Attendance: 25036

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St Etienne

  • Alex 37' OG
  • Francois Clerc 72'

2 - 2

FT

Paris Saint-Germain

  • Javier Pastore 9'
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic 19' PEN

St Etienne v Paris Saint-Germain : Preview

Paris St Germain captain Christophe Jallet is confident his side can finally overcome their ``bete noire'' St Etienne tomorrow.

Les Verts won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes in November and then prevailed 5-3 on penalties after a goalless draw in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final later that month.

And Jallet told psg.fr: ``It's true that they are kind of our bete noire. We controlled the game well at their place in the Coupe de la Ligue, before they won on penalties.

``It would be good to win this time to cement our place at the top. In any case, it will be a big game.

``It will be a great clash and we hope to pull rank. We are confident, because we have always turned up against the big teams this season.''

As Ligue 1 leaders PSG take on a team battling for Champions League qualification, their striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a personal battle against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his nearest challenger in the top goalscorer standings.

Eight goals separate the pair, though, and Jallet said: ``Before thinking about the goal standings, you have to concentrate on the league.

``It's clear that it would be good to stop (Aubameyang) expressing himself.''

Forward Jeremy Menez and midfielder Marco Verratti were absent from yesterday's training session, while Brazilian pair Lucas Moura and Thiago Motta received treatment on respective ankle and calf injuries.

Yohan Mollo, who has scored in St Etienne's last two games, has recovered from a knock and will feature, leaving back-up goalkeeper Jessy Moulin as their only absentee.

Coach Christophe Galtier denies his team have the ``recipe'' for victory but called for them to approach the match with the confidence born of a nine-match unbeaten league run.

``It is not a recipe but we must have the conviction to be ourselves, to play our football with this desire to score goals,'' he told his club's official website.

``The worst thing we could do would be to suffer from the fear of losing, to play with the handbrake on.

``The two teams are both confident. PSG qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals and they are the leaders and the favourites for the title.

``PSG have the best attack and defence in the league and one of the best defences in Europe.

``Beating this team once more would be even more of an achievement than in the two previous games. It would be a great feeling of pride for our supporters.''

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