Paris Saint-Germain FC will look to keep a fine run of clean sheets going against Sevilla FC, where a Group J draw at Parc des Princes could nudge both sides into the round of 32.
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Paris Saint-Germain FC will look to keep a fine run of clean sheets going against Sevilla FC, with both sides knowing that a Group J draw at the Parc des Princes could nudge them through to the UEFA Europa League last 32.
• Any winner in Paris would be sure of progressing, while both sides can go through with a draw providing Borussia Dortmund fail to beat FC Karpaty Lviv in the section's other game.
• Nenê struck the only goal in Spain with 15 minutes to go as PSG got the better of Sevilla in their first meeting on Matchday 1.
• PSG have played 13 matches against Spanish teams in Europe, including a 1-0 defeat by FC Barcelona in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final in Rotterdam, where they were the nominal away side. Their record in those games reads W6 D3 L4 (W3 D2 L1 at home).
• Prior to Matchday 1, three meetings with LOSC Lille Métropole represented the entirety of Sevilla's experience of French opposition. Their record against Ligue 1 sides now reads W1 D0 L3 (W0 D0 L2 in France). Both of those away defeats ended with 1-0 scorelines.
• PSG are unbeaten in their four Group J games and are enjoying a impressive run at home in Europe, having not lost in 12 outings since a 4-2 defeat by Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage.
• PSG have not conceded in their last seven UEFA club competition fixtures at the Parc des Princes. A total of 665 minutes of playing time has passed since the last opposition goal, Gonzalo Colsa's equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Real Racing Club on 27 November 2008.
• Sevilla's 4-0 victory at home against FC Karpaty Lviv matched their best ever results on their own turf in UEFA club competition. It was their fourth 4-0 home success in Europe.
• Sevilla have committed fewer fouls than any other side since the start of the group stage – just 35.
• PSG's Péguy Luyindula has been caught offside nine times in Group J encounters, more than any other player in the group stage.
• Antoine Kombouaré was hired as PSG coach in May 2009, finishing his first full season by leading the team to success in the 2009/10 French Cup. Initially a defender for FC Nantes, the New Caledonian-born player represented PSG from 1990 to 1995, winning a league title, two French Cups and a League Cup before moving on to FC Sion, then Aberdeen FC. PSG's reserve coach for a while, he trained RC Strasbourg and later Valenciennes FC before returning to his old club.
• Gregorio Manzano replaced Antonio Álvarez as Sevilla coach in the lead-up to the Matchday 2 win at Dortmund. A head coach since his mid-20s, he first took charge of a top division game with Real Valladolid CF in 1999/2000. He won the 2002/03 Spanish Cup in his first spell with RCD Mallorca and rejoined the club in 2006 for a four-year stint that ended with his departure in May 2010.
• Sevilla boast French talent in the form of centre-back Julien Escudé and right-backs Abdoulay Konko and Mouhamadou Dabo.
• Sevilla's Ndri Romaric (Le Mans UC 72, 2005-08), Didier Zokora (AS Saint-Etienne, 2004-06), Luís Fabiano (Stade Rennais FC, 2000-02) and Frédéric Kanouté (Olympique Lyonnais, 1997-2000) have all played in France.
• PSG keeper Grégory Coupet (Club Atlético de Madrid, 2008-09) has played in Spain as have Claude Makelele (RC Celta de Vigo, 1998-2000; Real Madrid CF, 2000-04), Ludovic Giuly (FC Barcelona, 2004-07), Luyindula (UD Levante, 2006-07) and Nenê (RCD Mallorca, 2003-04; Deportivo Alavés, 2004-06; RC Celta de Vigo, 2006-07; RCD Espanyol, 2008-09).