UEFA Champions League: Valencia vs PSG Preview

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UCL: Valencia vs PSG Preview
Valencia, Feb 12: Valencia have a great record against French opponents, eight wins in eight games against Ligue 1 opponents at home will surely keep Paris saint Germain concerned. Valencia manager leads his side for the first in the Champions League round of 16 and is keen to prove a point against the French giants.

Valencia recorded three draws in their last three knockout round games in the Champions League. The La Liga side finished second in Group F while PSG finished top of Group A and have a decent record against in Spain.

The last time these two sides met was in a pre-season friendly game at the Emirates Stadium in London. PSG thrashed Valencia 3-0. However, Valencia have been unbeaten in nine Champions League home games, winning six of them.

Meanwhile, PSG returned to the knockout stages after eight years. The French giants only dropped points once and conceded the only goal in the defeat to Porto. Carlo Ancellotti's side scored 14 goals in the group stages, only bettered by Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado returns to action after serving a ban while Antonio Barragan is suspended. Full-back Aly Cissokho is out with a ankle injury while Jeremy Mathieu is out with an Achilles problem.

Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta will miss the clash due to thigh injuries while David Beckham was not on the 22-man list for the trip to to Valencia.

Trivia:

* Valencia's unbeaten run against French side extended to 17 games. they were last defeated by a Frnch side back in 1979/80 season.

* Valencia won the 2003/04 UEFA Cup beating French side Marseille 2-0.

* PSG returned to the competition after an eight-year absence and topped Group A.

* PSG's record against against Spanish opponents reads W8 D3 L5.

Probable Lineups:

Valencia (4-2-3-1): Alves-Pereira, Rami, R Costa, Cissokho-Victor Ruiz, T-Costa-Piatti, Banega, Guardado-Soldado

PSG (4-4-2): Sirigu-Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell-Lucas Moura, Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore-Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic

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