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Ligue 1 preview: PSG look for clear lead

31 March 2012 04:10

Paris Saint-Germain can edge ahead in the Ligue 1 title race this weekend when they travel to Nancy on Saturday.

With league leaders Montpellier not in action, PSG can go three points ahead in the title race if they can win at the Stade Marcel Picot.

Trailing Montpellier on goal difference, too many draws have cost Carlo Ancelotti's side this season, including their last two outings, against Bordeaux and Caen, and they must start winning if they hope to claim their first Ligue 1 title since 1986.

"I'm not happy," said coach Ancelotti after their draw with Bordeaux.

"We wanted to win. We're not in a good spell right now. It took us a long time to get into the game. We again waited for the second half.

"It was only then that we put on more pressure and took control, but we made mistakes in defence.

"We need more confidence, more discipline, and we need to play simpler football. Fatigue wasn't the problem. We have to work harder."

Nancy are enjoying a purple patch at the moment, beating Lyon and leaders Montpellier in a four-game unbeaten streak.

However, despite being in 12th spot on the table, Nancy remain just five points clear of the drop zone, and will be desperate to give themselves more breathing room.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Auxerre travel to Valenciennes hoping to dig themselves out of relegation trouble.

Jean Wallemme's side are four points adrift at the bottom of the table and have not won in the league this year.

They blew a one goal lead in a 2-1 loss against 11th placed Valenciennes earlier in the season, but will be hoping they can reverse that result this time around.

Saint-Etienne will be hoping they can snap a run of two straight losses when they host lowly Nice, while Sochaux host Brest in a relegation six pointer.

Bordeaux and Dijon go head-to-head at the Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, with the hosts still holding onto a slim chance of European qualification.

Lorient can put space between themselves and the relegation zone when they host Evian, while on Sunday, Caen host Ajaccio.

Also on Sunday, Lille must win at home to fourth-placed Toulouse to keep pace with leaders PSG and Montpellier, while Stade Rennes host Lyon as both clubs press for European qualification.


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Competition
Ligue 1
Date
31 March 2012
Game week
30
Kick-off
19:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Stade de l'Abbé Deschamps (Auxerre)
Attendance
14183

Goals

K. Chafni 24'
(assist by O. Kossoko) 
1 - 0
D. Oliech 66'
(assist by R. Contout) 
2 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
18
27
22
8
9
16
32
# Player Bookings
13
7
27
3
23
30
33

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 8 +14 19
2 8 +7 17
3 8 +5 15
4 8 +9 14
5 8 +4 14
6 8 +0 14
7 8 +3 13
8 8 -3 13
9 8 +0 12
10 8 +4 11
11 8 +1 11
12 8 -3 10
13 8 +0 8
14 8 -1 8
15 8 -4 8
16 8 -4 7
17 8 -5 7
18 8 -8 7
19 8 -11 7
20 8 -8 6

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