It’s not often we see St Etienne scoring 5 times in a single game, but hold your horses, don’t applaud yet, as the 5 goals were scored against one of the most leaky defenses in Ligue2.
Furthermore after 90 minutes the score was 3-3 and opponents even got a red card in the first minutes of the extra time, easing St Etienne’s job. Finally St Etienne progressed to the next stage of the French Cup after eliminating Ligue2 side Tours (won 5-3).
If struggling 120 minutes with a Ligue2 side was not enough St Etienne also lost defender Sall due to injury.
It is worth noticing that with the exception of fullbacks Tabanou and Theophile-Catherine St Etienne started with the best possible lineup.
Important winger Hamouma missed the midweek Cup game because of injury and is doubtful for this round.
PSG had an easy game in the Cup against Bordeaux (won 2-1). After half an hour they were already 2-0 up and simply took the foot off the gas afterwards.
It was the first time in 2015 when Cavani and Lavezzi started in the lineup after coach Blanc suspended them for being late at the club. Cavani even scored, picked up some form and most likely will be a starter this round.
Ibrahimovic, Motta, Sirigu, David Luiz, Matuidi, Maxwell, Van der Wiel and Verratti should return to the lineup after being rested in the Cup game.
St Etienne and PSG met about 2 weeks ago in the Cup (PSG won 1-0 away at St Etienne) when PSG were without Lavezzi and Cavani, and when St Stienne had Cohade, Sall and Hamouma in the lineup (now they are injured). PSG -0.5 at 2.21
UPDATE: Hosts’ winger Hamouma will return after injury but Monnet-Pacquet will take his place on the sidelines after suffering an injury. PSG will be without fullback Van der Wiel.
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Brison, L.Perrin, Tabanou, Théophile-Catherine, Baysse, B.Karamoko – Lemoine, Clément, Nguemo, Madianga – Mollo, Van Wolfswinkel, Hamouma, Saint-Maximin, Erding, J.Bamba, Saint-Louis
PSG: Sirigu, Douchez – Digne, Marquinhos, David Luiz, Maxwell, Thiago Silva – Verratti, Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Rabiot, Pastore, Lucas, Cabaye – Bahebeck, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi, Cavani