PSG looks to stretch Ligue 1 lead

BY foxsports • October 14, 2011

Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain will fancy their chances of at best maintaining their three-point cushion over the chasing pack this weekend.

Antoine Kombouare's side had found their feet prior to the international break, winning three straight games and extending their unbeaten run to eight as their summer of spending bore fruit.

They head to third-bottom Ajaccio on Sunday, knowing, depending on how other results go, they could end the weekend anywhere between three and six points clear of the rest.

One man who will be key to their chances of that happening is France international Jeremy Menez.

The 24-year-old forward impressed for Les Bleus against Bosnia on Tuesday night, and his club manager was impressed.

"I would not want to show favouritism, but for me he was man of the match," Kombouare told le10sport.com.

"Even though he has little experience, it was he, with his dribbling, his passing, who stretched the defence.

"His technical quality also kept the ball and he did a lot of damage."

Montpellier lie second in the table and have the chance to steal a share of the lead when they host Dijon 24 hours previously.

Dijon have only won one of their last five and have drawn their last two, while Montpellier's only recent blemish was their 3-0 home defeat to PSG.

They will be without playmaker Geoffrey Dernis, though, who is out for a month with a calf injury, and that could allow any of a number of teams to leapfrog Montpellier should they slip up.

Lyon are directly behind them in the table and take on bottom side Nancy on Saturday, with coach Remi Garde thankful of the rest afforded to them by the internationals.

The likes of Cris, Ederson and Yoann Gourcuff have all worked their way back to fitness during that time, and Garde said: "The injuries did not allow me to make the progress I wanted, but they all participated in a normal workout on Monday.

"That's what I used the international break for."

Toulouse, like Montpellier and Lyon, have 17 points, and they face last season's runners-up Marseille at Stadium Municipal.

Manager Alain Casanova hopes that Paulo Machado, Umut Bulut, Ali Adamada and Emmanuel Riviere will all be fit to play after their midweek exertions, with reigning champions Lille ready to pounce should they slip up.

Lille are fifth in the table and have a tough-looking trip to Auxerre ahead of them, although a seven-game unbeaten run should stand them in good stead.

Elsewhere this weekend, Brest, still without a win but with seven draws to their name, face Caen, Evian and St Etienne face off in a mid-table battle and Nice take on Bordeaux.

On Sunday, second-bottom Valenciennes play Sochaux and seventh-placed Rennes take on Lorient.
 


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