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PSG vs. Valenciennes:  Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Valenciennes hosts Paris Saint-Germain in an early-season game between two teams who have started the season in extremely different fashions. 

Paris Saint-Germain was the side on top when both teams met last season, winning 4-0 away from home and tying 1-1 in a feisty encounter at home. Those results were part of PSG's run to the Ligue 1 title, while Valenciennes ended up in 11th position.

Below is all the viewing information you need to know, as well as a match preview for this upcoming Premier League encounter.

 

Location: Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Time: 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. BST)

TV Info: beInSport, ESPN UK

Live Stream: beInSport Play

 

Preview

We are six games into the season, and the difference in class between the two sides is already evident. Valenciennes has lost five of its six games to start the season, and currently sit second from the bottom in the league table. PSG sits second in the league table, and is one of only two unbeaten teams remaining.

The last Ligue 1 fixtures these sides played saw Valenciennes lose 4-0 away to Nice, while PSG tied 1-1 with Monaco at home.

Valenciennes have a few injury concerns heading into the PSG game, with youngster Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and midfielder Marco Da Silva among those likely to miss out. Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc virtually has a full squad to choose from, with Brazilian defender Alex the only player likely to miss out.

All eyes will continue to be on PSG's biggest signing of the summer, Edinson Cavani, who has had a decent start to life in France with two goals in six games.

Here are some players to watch, and a match prediction, for this Ligue 1 tie.

 

Valenciennes Player to Watch: Nicolas Penneteau 

Upon looking at last season's results between the two sides, it's a safe bet to say that any positive result Valenciennes hopes to gain will hinge on the performance of the goalkeeper. 

Nicolas Penneteau was great in the 1-1 draw late in the season, pulling off some top saves to help his side preserve a point, but he was horrible when his side lost 4-0 at home. He's been part of a defense that's let in 11 goals in six games so far this season.

Penneteau does have a clean sheet to his name already, when Valenciennes won 3-0 in its first fixture of the season. His teammates will be hoping he can cope with the added presence of another superstar attacker in the form of Cavani.

 

PSG Player to Watch: Cavani

These are the kind of games where Cavani will be expected to wreak havoc alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Top performances in these type of games won't necessarily alleviate any stress from his big price tag, but they'll leave him less open to criticism.

Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick in his first meeting with this side, and has a record of three goals in two games against Valenciennes in the league. Producing at a similar rate will certainly ease pressure off Cavani.

 

Prediction

Just as with last season, the first encounter between the two sides will end in a big PSG win. The scoreline may not be too out of hand, though, considering the new-look PSG attack is still gelling and Valenciennes is likely to set up shop defensively.

The home side will do its best to make things tough, and could frustrate the star-studded side for a little.

 

Valenciennes 1, PSG 3

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