Thursday, January 30, 2014

PSG-Bordeaux Preview: Cabaye set for debut

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye

All eyes are likely to be on Yohan Cabaye when Paris Saint-Germain host Bordeaux on Friday.

The midfielder became the latest high-profile addition to PSG's star-studded ranks when he completed the formalities of his move from Premier League side Newcastle on Wednesday, for a fee of around 24 million, and he could feature for the first time againstFrancis Gillot's men.

Coach Laurent Blanc has opted to strengthen in the middle of the parkafter Adrien Rabiot was ruled out for several months with a knee ligament injury.

The addition of Cabaye will undoubtedly provide yet another dimension to PSG's already fearsome attacking threat, with Bordeaux looking to succeed where others have failed already this season by beating the champions on their own patch.

Blanc's men have turned the Parc des Princes into a fortress again and are unbeaten in 23 consecutive home league matches.

However, they are winless against Bordeaux on their own turf since 2010 and have tasted victory in just four of the last 10 league meetings between the two sides in Paris.

Blanc can at least point to a decent record against his former club so far this term, with PSG claiming a 3-1 win in the Coupe de la Ligue at the Stade Chaban Delmas earlier this month in addition to earlier triumphs in the league and the Trophee des Champions.

Cabaye's arrival comes at an opportune moment for Blanc, with his options in midfield further depleted by the suspension of Marco Verratti, while Christophe Jallet (knee) is also out with injury alongside Rabiot.

Ezequiel Lavezzi missed the draw with Guingamp last weekend with a groin injury and remains doubtful.

For Bordeaux, striker Cheick Diabate has been battling a knee injury and former PSG forward Guillaume Hoarau is hoping to overcome a thigh problem.

Defender Matthieu Chalme (calf) misses out, while Diego Rolan (hamstring) and Jussie (elbow) are both doubts.

Bordeaux head into the game keen to sustain their Champions League qualification challenge following a 2-0 win over fourth-placed Saint-Etienne last Sunday.

That win moved Gillot's side into sixth, seven points adrift of third-placed Lille, with the visitors looking to secure a spot in the Champions League for the first time since Blanc guided them to the quarter-finals in 2010.

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