Paris St Germain 0 - 0 AC Ajaccio

Match info: Ligue 1 at Parc des Princes

Date: 11/01/2013 KO: 20:00 Ref: A Castro

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  • Last Updated: January 10 2013, 17:08 GMT

Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain will be aiming to pick up where they left off before the winter break when they host lowly Ajaccio on Friday.

Lucas Moura: In line for PSG debut
Lucas Moura: In line for PSG debut

The capital club's league campaign was threatening to unravel as they entered December fourth in the standings, but a run of four consecutive wins took them above Lyon and Marseille on goal difference.

Their defence was impenetrable during that run while Carlo Ancelotti's men are further boosted by the arrival of attacking midfielder Lucas Moura, who is line to make his debut against Ajaccio.

A deal had already been reached with Sao Paulo for the 20-year-old and the transfer was completed in Qatar on New Year's Day.

Ancelotti welcomed the presence of the Brazil international and the Italian believes it will not take him long to settle at the Parc des Princes.

"Physically, he's fine. Technically too," Ancelotti told a press conference.

"Tactically, he still has to get his bearings with us but he is used to playing wide and he will improve with training.

"And he has no problem with communication. As with many Brazilians, he speaks good English. He will integrate quickly."

Moura coming into the team is timely for PSG, who will be without the injured Nene, while fellow midfielder Mohamed Sissoko and defender Siaka Tiene are on African Nations Cup duty with Mali and the Ivory Coast respectively.

Defender Alex has been included in the squad after fully recovering from injury, but

Jeremy Menez is doubtful with a foot complaint.

While an under-strength PSG were given a huge scare by amateur side Arras before eventually booking their place in the last 32 of the Coupe de France with a 4-3 win, Ajaccio will be looking to bounce back from their shock defeat on penalties to third-tier Rouen.

They will be missing a host of players, however, with Carl Medjani, Mehdi Mostefa, Fousseni Diawara, Sigamary Diarra and Chahir Belghazouani on duty with their respective countries ahead of the African Nations Cup.

David Oberhauser and Ricardo Faty are also unavailable through injury.

"It will be a special meeting. We need to block this team PSG, they hit a lot on the counter and can up the tempo," manager Albert Emon told a press conference.

"But we have our qualities too. Football is so constituted that there can sometimes be small surprises. We will give our best."

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