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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a point to prove against Barcelona

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Barcelona pitch up at the Parc de Princes to play a Paris Saint-Germain side also unbeaten but enjoying vastly differing fortunes to their visitors.

Four 1-1 draws in their opening games is apparently not enough to satisfy the powers that be at the French champions and journalists are already sharpening their pencils at Laurent Blanc's expected departure.

For a manager that has only lost six games in total, with a 70 percent win percentage, such stupidity is staggering even in this day and age.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's poor form and injury have only added to the air of woe in the French capital.

The last thing they need is to be facing the form team in Europe.

Let's take a look at some key issues that will shape the clash between these two heavyweights.

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David Luiz not at full fitness

When PSG paid close to €50 million for David Luiz, it's fair to say that eyebrows were raised.

Such a figure when put in to context is absolutely extraordinary and whilst the player himself doesn't set the amount, you'd rightly expect a high standard of defensive quality in return.

Luiz hasn't provided anywhere near that just yet.

Admitting that he is carrying various knocks, the player admitted he is only playing "at 60 percent" fitness.

Barca will be looking to take full advantage.

A point to prove for Zlatan

Assuming he recovers from his own injuries, Zlatan Ibrahimovic evidently enjoys his games against the one team where you could say he didn't leave an indelible mark.

Scoring the last time they met, Zlatan still wasn't able to stop Barca from progressing into the 2013 semi finals after a Lionel Messi inspired 2nd leg comeback.

The Swede will be hoping to go one better than the two draws these sides have played out previously and score the first goal that the Catalans will have conceded this season.

Barca's rock-solid defence

Speaking of which, things can't really have gone any better for Luis Enrique at this stage.

For once, Barca have looked well in control of everything in defence, with Jeremy Mathieu especially proving to be a studious purchase.

No goals conceded in all competitions is a pretyt special statistic when you're approaching October!

Magic Messi, new Neymar

Both of Barca's front men are ripping it up this season.

Neymar is like a new man, and leads the goalscoring charts from his team mate. His work ethic has been upped significantly and his World Cup back injury seems a distant memory now.

The young Brazilian is really starting to prove that he is worth every penny of his transfer fee.

Messi continues to amaze and delight. His first against Granada at the weekend was his 400th career goal. At just 27 years of age.

The French defence will have a nightmare containing a side that are doing everything right at the moment, and a poor showing on the night might well lead to Blanc saying au revoir to the Ligue1 champions.

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