Cisse backs Marseille strikers

Marseille midfielder Edouard Cisse hopes Loic Remy and Andre-Pierre Gignac can relax and find their touch in front of goal.

The France strikers have scored just six goals between them – Gignac contributing just one – since arriving in the summer for a combined outlay reported to be around 33million euros.

And while the experienced Cisse – who returns from a calf problem to face Bordeaux on Sunday – appreciates their work-rate, he told L’Equipe: "Sometimes you may want to score at any price and you lose your composure.

"This composure can come to us old-timers. We will try to find the words to help them.

"But it’s like a couple when it goes wrong. You do not criticise your wife abruptly, you do everything so that it gets better."

Real Madrid’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo likened his pre-World Cup goal drought to shaking a bottle of tomato ketchup, a theme Cisse believes is applicable to his own team-mates.

"A team is a bit like ketchup," he agreed. "We must shake, shake, it takes time before any comes out.

"Now at Real, thanks to (Ronaldo’s) success, there is plenty of ketchup! This can be true for any team."

In the pick of Saturday’s games, second-placed Paris St Germain host Sochaux, against whom they lost 3-1 in August.

Since then, Antoine Kombouare’s side have lost only two out of 15 games to lie second and striker Guillaume Hoarau said: "After that match it clicked for us – we must try to thank Sochaux, in our own way!"

Leaders Lille travel to a Nice side recovering from being taken to extra time by minnows Creteil in the Coupe de France, while third-placed Rennes welcome back goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez for the visit of basement club Arles.

Lyon, in fourth, face Lorient, coached by Christian Gourcuff – father of Les Gones’ out-of-favour playmaker Yoann.

And Gourcuff senior defended his son against recent criticism, saying: "Let people at least judge him when he is on the pitch. When he does not play, you cannot say he is not right."

New coach Laurent Banide leads Monaco into action against fellow strugglers Auxerre with defender Sebastien Puygrenier calling for a response.

"He knows why he is here – to rescue the club and put us back on the right track," Puygrenier said. "He has brought new ideas with him. Now it is a case of putting those into practice on the pitch."

Lens, in 19th, also have a new coach, Laszlo Boloni, for their clash with St Etienne after he replaced Jean-Guy Wallemme.

Another relegation-threatened side, Caen, take on seventh-placed Brest while Toulouse host Nancy and Valenciennes travel to Montpellier.