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Match Preview: Brest vs Paris Saint-Germain

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Newly promoted Stade Brest welcome French champions Paris Saint-Germain to Stade Francis-Le Ble in the 13th round of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 campaign.

League leaders Paris Saint-Germain visit Brest, looking to return to winning ways following a surprising 2-1 defeat at, bottom side at the time, Dijon a week ago.

It was their third loss in the new season, but the reigning champions still have a comfortable seven-point lead on the top of the table ahead of closest challengers Angers, having collected 27 points from the opening 12 rounds.

Les Parisiens will travel to western France in a good mood though, as they booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a 1-0 victory over Club Brugge in midweek.

Brest were also defeated in their most recent league outing, losing 1-0 on the road to Amiens. The Pirates saw their three-game winning streak end, but kept their place in Ligue 1’s top half of the table, as they sit in ninth with 17 points in their account.

They are still undefeated at home this season with a record of three wins and three draws from the six games they’ve hosted in the 2019-20 campaign so far.

Team news

Brest boss Olivier Dall’Oglio will have to make a late call on the fitness of key striker Gaetan Charbonnier, who is back in training after recovering from an ankle injury.

Julien Faussurier and Kevin Mayi are also injury doubts for the manager of the home side, who previously managed Dijon between 2012 and 2018.

Brazilian superstar Neymar remains on the sidelines for the reigning champions along with Belgian right-back Thomas Meunier.

Midfielders Leandro Paredes (illness) and Ander Herera (thigh) are both doubtful for PSG’s encounter with Stade Brestois, while German defender Thilo Kehrer has a slight chance of featuring, having recovered from his foot injury.


Stade Brest have won nine of the 15 games they’ve hosted at the Francis-Le Ble stadium in the calendar 2019, losing only once in the process.

They are currently on a 10-game unbeaten streak at home – six of those games came in top-flight French football this season, while four of them are from the end of the 2018-19 campaign, when they played in the second division.

Paris Saint-Germain have failed to find the net only once in 17 outings across all competitions this term.

In-form attacking trio Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi have had a hand in all of PSG’s last 15 goals in France and in Europe.

This will be the first league meeting between both sides since May 2013. The Parisiens have a record of five wins and a draw in six meetings with Stade Brest in the 21st century.