Key Battles That Will Shape PSG's Clash with Saint-Etienne

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Key Battles That Will Shape PSG's Clash with Saint-Etienne
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AS Saint-Etienne are Paris Saint-Germain’s visitors to Parc des Princes for Sunday’s crunch Ligue 1 clash. Les Verts currently sit second in le Championnat, two points clear of the fifth-placed French champions, having won two of their three opening matches compared to PSG’s one.

However, considering that Christophe Galtier’s men were taken to extra time and penalties in their UEFA Europa League qualifying victory over Kardemir Karabukspor on Thursday, the capital outfit will fancy their chances.

Laurent Blanc’s players will have had more than a week to rest and digest the dour 0-0 draw away at Evian Thonon Gaillard last time out and will be keen to make up for lost time and close the gap on one of the three early season pace-setters.

PSG have a handful of fitness concerns ahead of the game, but will have been boosted by the return of star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic to training this week after a short injury lay-off.

Gregory van der Wiel could be some way off making his first-team return after being dropped by Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink for his country’s upcoming fixtures, but Serge Aurier is a more than competent alternative.

Here are some key battles that will shape this clash.

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