This match tops the bill for the Coupe de France quarters. After three wins in their first three meetings this season - two in the league (4-1 and 2-0) and in the Coupe de la Ligue (1-0) - Paris face off against Saint-Etienne for the fourth time this season.
Nine-time winners and reigning champions and in the competition, the capital club are hoping to win the Coupe de France again this year and equal arch-rivals Marseille's record of ten. Paris will be hoping that this clash in the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard can serve as the occasion for them to continue their domination of the domestic scene and bounce back from their first league defat of the season, against Lyon (2-1).
The Parisians will be all the more motivated as they will be up against the side against whom they have played the most matches in recent years. Since season 2011-12, the capital club have confronted Les Verts no fewer than 16 times! And Saint-Etienne have afforded the Red and Blues a fair amount of success: Paris are unbeaten in the clubs' last 12 meetings and have won the last nine in a row in all competitions against Christophe Galtier's men (22 goals scored, three conceded).
One capital club player in particular is awaiting this match with impatience. Currently in the midst of a stellar season with Paris (30 goals in 35 matches in all competitions), Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be facing one of his most preferred defences in French football. Since his arrival in France in 2012, the Swede has scored 14 goals in 12 matches against Saint-Etienne - four of which have come as the capital club travelled to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Last year, he scored a hat-trick in the Coupe de France semi-finals in Paris' 4-1 win over Les Verts.
With a Paris Saint-Germain side more hell-bent than ever on defending their title, and in what promises to be an electric atmosphere, the match is shaping up to be a great footballing contest between these two sides.