Paris Saint-Germain dropped back to second place in the table following Olympique Lyonnais’ magnificent 4-2 away triumph over Stade de Reims.
When: 8.00 pm GMT, 28 April 2015
Where: Parc des Princes, Paris
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Lyon have been in outstanding form this season, and their sublime attacking line-up seems to get better by the match. With Clement Grenier—back from injury—pulling the strings in the midfield, Hubert Fournier’s side will be looking to pick up maximum points between now and the season’s end.
PSG themselves outclassed LOSC Lille at the weekend, and will be overwhelmingly confident of returning to top spot in their game in hand—Tuesday evening’s fixture at home to FC Metz.
While Albert Cartier’s side have been fighting nobly against relegation, the writing appears to be on the wall, with Les Grenats seemingly destined for a drop down to the second tier.
They managed to secure an impressive draw away at Girondins de Bordeaux this weekend—with Florent Malouda on fine form—but PSG will surely have too much in their midweek clash.
The only positive for the visitors comes in the form of Paris’s extensive list of absentees.
Right-back Serge Aurier has had a tough season at the Parc des Princes—where he is on loan from Toulouse—and despite impressing when he has had the occasion to, injuries have affected his progress.
He damaged his ankle in the victory over Les Dogues, and will not be available on Tuesday.
Similarly, goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was another victim of that convincing 6-1 triumph and will likely be replaced by Nicolas Douchez.
Yohan Cabaye will also be missing, as will forward Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, while star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains suspended.
One positive for PSG is the likely return of Thiago Silva, who has returned to training and will be in contention for a starting berth.
Despite his absentees and Lyon’s rampant display against Reims, Blanc admitted that he was not feeling the strain of the demands on PSG.
“Lyon are heading down their own path and we’re staying on ours,” he began, speaking to the club’s official website.
“There is no pressure created when a team does well while the other one is still waiting to play.
“They’re looking for their title, we’re looking for ours, and we’ll see what the points say at the end of the season.
“We will not focus on Lyon but instead on the opponents we have to face. We will play our games, rather than spend our time ‘sending messages’,” he concluded, “that is merely an interpretation made by journalists.”
Metz are likely to have four absentees—with Romain Rocchi, Jonathan Rivierez, Kwame Nsor and Sylvain Marchal all ruled out.
Despite the absentees, expect the visitors to rotate, having only played their last match on Saturday.
This match represents something of a last-chance saloon for the Northerners.
With games running out, Metz sit in 19th place. They are eight points off 17th-place Stade de Reims and seven behind Evian Thonon Gaillard, who are one point ahead in 18th.
Another defeat would leave them with only four matches to turn around an eight-point deficit.