Paris - Paris Saint-Germain come calling on bottom-club
Montpellier on Friday intent on retaining their perfect start to the new Ligue
Laurent Blanc's reigning French champions haven't put a foot
wrong in their pursuit of a fourth straight league trophy so far.
Their championship run began in 2013 when they succeeded the
team they face on Friday as title-holders.
A rare season-opening success over Lille followed by last
weekend's 2-0 defeat of Corsican newcomers Gazelac Ajaccio has left PSG in
familiar surroundings, on top of the pile, in company with Reims and Caen.
The big question mark for PSG fans, and Montpellier, is
whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take to the pitch. The Swedish striker has
missed out on the opening skirmishes with a right knee sprain. He took part in
training on Wednesday but is by no means certain to be judged fit enough to
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Similar doubts hang over the participation of Argentina
winger Angel di Maria.
The 63 million-euro (44.3m; $68.9m) signing from Manchester
United was introduced to the Paris fans before kick-off at the Parc des Princes
last weekend, but was not fit enough to make his debut.
Di Maria continues his race for full fitness after coming
away from Argentina's defeat to hosts Chile in the Copa America final with a
PSG have nothing to fear from recent history with
Montpellier's last home win over the capital club back in 2003.
While the glory days of of 2012 may seem a long way off
Montpellier, under charismatic coach Rolland Courbis, took a respectable
seventh place last term.
They owe their position at the foot of the table on two
defeats, to Rennes and Angers.
The strain of their poor start appears to be taking its toll
with Montpellier president Louis Nicollin questioning coach Courbis's
"I adore Courbis but his notion of not playing any
friendly games concerns me as I'd predicted (a bad start). Now I don't know
when it's going to stop. I'm scared."
Courbis responded: "I read what he (Nicollin) had to
say, I found what he said hard, but it's logical he's not happy.
"If we're going to trouble PSG we have to all remain
Monaco, who are up against it to make the Chamnpions League
group phase after a first leg 3-1 play-off loss to Valencia in midweek, are in
action on Saturday at Toulouse.
In other games Lyon, who ran Monaco closest last term, host
Rennes, Reims are on the road at Nantes while Caen make the long trip south to
Marseille, under new Spanish coach Michel, are in action
against Troyes on Sunday.
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