Ligue 1 Preview: Can David Beckham Send PSG to Victory over Nancy?

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06:  David Beckham of PSG warms up prior to the Round of 16 UEFA Champions League match between Paris St Germain and Valencia CF at Parc des Princes on March 6, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Have Paris Saint-Germain hit a rough patch?

David Beckham's arrival may have clouded a duo of poor performances from the Ligue 1 leaders. While PSG's new posterboy continues to grab headlines, Carlo Ancelotti's team haven't looked particularly impressive across the last two games.

A 1-0 domestic loss to Reims was followed by a dismal Champions League draw with Valencia. Both displays indicated PSG might be losing steam at this pivotal time of the season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence also suggested the club need other players to step up when the Swede isn't on the pitch.

Could Beckham provide a spark?

The former Manchester United player is yet to start a Ligue 1 fixture but will fancy his chances of entering the Parc des Princes from the off against Nancy. The visitors only have four wins all season and are fighting for their top-flight status, providing Ancelotti with the opportunity to test out his newly-arrived signing.

Beckham made his first start in the 2-0 Coupe de France victory over Marseille and was left on the bench against Valencia. He has proved his fitness and will be itching to make an impression against the side from eastern France.

The Englishman—who is donating all of his wages to local charities—will send his first load of cash to an organisation in the Nancy area (via Metro). Even so, Beckham is not guaranteed to begin a match that welcomes back Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti, who both missed the Valencia encounter.

Gregory van der Wiel is likely to start at right-back after Ancelotti told UEFA.com that Christophe Jallet recently picked up a groin injury (via Sportsmole). PSG have eight days until their next game after Nancy, meaning Ancelotti doesn't need to rest many key players in this important fixture.

A PSG win could be crucial in a weekend that sees Lyon host Marseille. Five points separates three clubs that fancy themselves as French champions. Ancelotti will be confident of extending that lead before the title rivals meet.

Whether the Italian will opt to start with Beckham is yet to be confirmed. The versatile midfielder has produced a handful of quality moments in his short spell in France and will be confident of helping his team brush aside Nancy.

One thing's for sure: PSG cannot afford to drop points against the relegation fodder.

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