Paris - Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to extend their
Ligue 1 unbeaten streak at bitter rivals Marseille on Sunday as the hosts bid
to end their own record winless run at home.
Laurent Blanc's champions stretched their unbeaten run to a
record 33 matches with a 3-1 win over Lorient midweek and next tackle Marseille
who have not won at their Velodrome Stadium since September.
PSG -- with 66 points from 24 games -- have an impressive
24-point lead with their fourth consecutive and sixth overall league title
Marseille, who claimed the last of their ten Ligue 1 titles
back in 2010, are eighth in the league -- 32 points behind PSG.
A 1-0 victory at Montpellier Tuesday pushed Marseille's
unbeaten league run to 11 matches, with their last away loss a 2-1 defeat to
PSG at the Parc de Princes on October 4.
But that impressive statistic conceals misery at their
Velodrome stronghold where they have not won since September 13.
Blanc's side will be looking to further flex their muscles
with a Champions League last 16 tie against Chelsea on February 16.
The Parisians have won their past eight 'Classique' clashes
with Marseille, and another would give them a new record of consecutive wins
against their rivals.
But counterpart Michel can count on the support of their
loyal fans with PSG's supporters banned from travelling to Marseille because of
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-- 'Must win match' --
Marseille will be without newly-signed winger Florian
Thauvin after he received a red card against Montpellier, but Scotland striker
Steven Fletcher, also a transfer window signing, should give the southern
giants fresh legs.
"It's a match we have to win, for the club, for the
fans and above all for us," said Marseille striker Remy Cabella.
"If we got a result against Paris it would give us a
Striker Georges-Kvin Nkoudou added: "I know that there
is always pressure between Paris and Marseille, but it remains a classic, and
it's up to us to rise to the occasion."
Second-placed Monaco, 24 points behind PSG, host Nice, three
points behind in third, in a classic Riveria derby on Saturday.
The clash is crucial for qualification for elite European
football next season, with Monaco's billionaire Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev
making a rare appearance at training to motivate the troops.
"He said some words this morning to motivate us, to
wake us up and to take this match seriously," said Morocco midfielder
Lyon, back into the top half, above 11th-place Bordeaux on
goal difference, are six points adrift of the Champions League spots.
Coach Bruno Genesio is hopeful their 3-0 win at Bordeaux
with boost his side. "It's good for morale," said Genesio. "I
hope it will be the spark that will open the way to some good results."
Lyon travel to Angers, sitting fourth with 37 points, and
looking to get back to winning ways after losing 2-1 at Reims, while Bordeaux
host fifth-placed Saint-Etienne.
Nantes will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak to 11
matches at Toulouse as Lille host Rennes, Guingamp travel to Corsica side
Gazelac-Ajaccio and Reims visit Caen.
Tailenders Troyes, who sacked coach Claude Robin after a
heavy 4-0 defeat at Guingamp left them 15 points from safety, travel to Bastia
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