French Cup next for depleted PSG
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Fresh off a return to the top of Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain continue their quest for silverware on Wednesday in the French Cup with the visit of Toulouse.

Carlo Ancelotti's side usurped former leaders Lyon following an emotional 1-0 victory at Bordeaux over the weekend, two days after the death of PSG performance director Nick Broad, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic separating the sides at Stade Chaban-Delmas.

However, the Swedish talisman will miss the midweek tie through suspension.

Thiago Motta is also banned, while injuries to defensive partners Alex and Thiago Silva leave PSG with a depleted backbone for the last 32 encounter at Parc des Princes.

Meanwhile, Toulouse boss Alain Casanova believes his side have turned the corner after a barren run that saw his side collect just four points from eight matches.

Following a 2-1 win over Nancy on Saturday, an optimistic Casanova set his sights on a fruitful second half of the campaign.

"I liked what my team showed. We're on a good run, and it bodes well for the rest of the season."

Humble Rouen think big
Marseille's tie at Rouen is in question due to heavy snow, but that hasn't prevented the third-tier side from dreaming big.

Situated a few kilometres east of Quevilly, Rouen are aiming to match their neighbours' giant-killing of Marseille last year which sparked a remarkable run to the final.

"We're not going to be boastful, we have to control (Andre-Pierre) Gignac, (Mathieu) Valbuena, the Ayew brothers (Jordan and Andre)... We know they have lots of options," said coach Didier Olle-Nicolle.

Elsewhere, Nancy travel to in-form Nice in another all-Ligue 1 affair.

Claude Puel's side have recorded eight wins in 11 outings to soar to fourth in the table, but the mood is far less upbeat at basement club Nancy who are without a win since the opening day of the season.

Montpellier, who saw their League Cup hopes dashed following a semi-final defeat to Rennes last week, face Sochaux in the round's other all top-flight fixture.

CA Bastia will be out to claim another Ligue 1 scalp against Brest, while third division Epinal, conquerors of title-holders Lyon in the last round, host Nantes. 

French Cup fixtures

Tuesday
Epinal v Nantes
Avenir Foot Lozere v Le Havre
Fontenay v Troyes
Sedan v Lorient
Vertou v Evian
Rouen v Marseille

Wednesday
Nice v Nancy
Montpellier v Sochaux
Raon-l'Etape v Istres
Meaux Academy v Saint-Etienne
Venissieux v Le Poire-sur-Vie
CA Bastia v Brest
Moulins v Bordeaux
Stade Bordelais v Lens
PSG v Toulouse

Thursday
Plabennec v Lille