Paris - Edinson Cavani is in the best form of his career in
French football and is targeting his 100th goal for Paris Saint-Germain as the
reigning Ligue 1 champions entertain Angers on Wednesday.
Uruguay striker Cavani scored both goals as PSG won 2-1 away
to Lyon on Sunday, taking his tally to 99 altogether for the club he joined
from Napoli in 2013 for a French record fee of 64 million euros ($67.8m,
Oft-maligned for his ability to miss chances rather than
praised for the goals he does score, Cavani appears liberated in the
post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic era in the capital and has 18 goals in 17 matches this
That leaves him fourth in the club's all-time list, one
behind Dominique Rocheteau and also adrift of Pedro Pauleta and Ibrahimovic,
with the latter rattling in 156 goals in just four years.
"He is our goal-scorer. We just need to give him the
confidence to do his job but he always works so hard for the team," said
coach Unai Emery.
PSG welcome mid-table Angers to the Parc des Princes looking
to extend a run of 11 games without defeat in all competitions and keep the
pressure on in a three-way fight at the top of the table.
Angel di Maria could return after missing the last two games
due to injury, while Javier Pastore is also a contender to return but Layvin
Kurzawa and Adrien Rabiot should miss out again.
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Nice have been top of the table since late September but
their lead was trimmed to a single point after a weekend on which they were
held to a 1-1 draw by Bastia while PSG won and Monaco thumped Marseille 4-0.
They have won just once in five games in November and Mario
Balotelli is set to again miss their trip to Brittany to play fifth-placed
Guingamp as he struggles with a calf problem.
"I am not worried. I just hope that our concentration
doesn't drop and we don't start believing we have achieved something,"
said midfielder Valentin Eysseric.
"For the moment we have achieved nothing and it is a
very long season."
- Monaco to rotate -
Monaco can go provisionally top on Tuesday as they visit
Dijon looking to extend a run of eight games without defeat in all
The principality club, who are the most prolific side in
Europe's big five leagues with an average of over three goals scored per game,
are set to rotate their squad in Burgundy in the midst of a hectic fixture
That means midfielder Thomas Lemar, who made his debut for
France this month, could return after being rested at the weekend.
"We are just a group of friends playing well
together," said Lemar, explaining Monaco's superb form that has made them
genuine title contenders.
"We all know each other's games and we are not
surprised by how we are playing this season. We are fully aware of our
Elsewhere Marseille are looking for a boost as they visit
Saint-Etienne having won just once in five league matches since the arrival of
Rudi Garcia as coach.
"We are going to need to win a match quickly,"
admitted Garcia on Monday ahead of the meeting of France's two most successful
clubs but who these days lie well off the pace being set by the top three.
Meanwhile, bitter rivals Nancy and Metz meet in the top
flight for the first time in eight years and bottom club Lorient host Rennes in
a Brittany derby.For
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