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Ligue 1 Preview: PSG aim to shake off Champions League blues, Ajaccio face drop

9 April 2014 16:52

Paris Saint-Germain can shake off their UEFA Champions League exit by claiming domestic glory against Lyon on Sunday.

PSG were knocked out of Europe in heart-breaking fashion in midweek, suffering a 2-0 quarter-final second-leg defeat to Chelsea, who went through on away goals after levelling the tie at 3-3 late on at Stamford Bridge.

That loss ended hopes of a quadruple for Laurent Blanc's side, who have already won the Trophee des Champions this season.

But they can claim a second straight Ligue 1 title this weekend, if they win on Sunday and second-placed Monaco lose to Rennes.

The capital club travel to the Stade de Gerland - the scene of last season's title triumph - 13 points above Monaco and with the championship all but in their grasp.

With Monaco favourites to triumph in their clash, the likelihood is that the race will be extended for another week at least, but either way PSG will be keen to gain a psychological edge over Lyon ahead of the Coupe de la Ligue final between the two sides at the Stade de France the following Saturday.

Monaco may also have one eye on cup matters, with their meeting with mid-table Rennes a potential rehearsal for the Coupe de France final.

Rennes meet Ligue 2 Angers in next Wednesday's cup semi-final, while Monaco are favoured to overcome Guingamp and reach the showpiece.

However, Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri's immediate focus will be on holding off third-placed Lille, who are just six points behind in the Ligue 1 table with as many games to go.

Lille host neighbours Valenciennes in a game that will have implications at both ends of the table with the visitors six points adrift of safety after three games without a win.

Second-bottom Sochaux host Toulouse hoping to further their prospects of survival, while Evian and Guingamp will be eyeing victories to pull away from the bottom three.

Evian welcome Bastia to Annecy with Pascal Dupraz's side seeking to make it four games unbeaten.

By contrast, Guingamp have gradually tumbled down the table due to a run of only four wins in 21 league games and now face an important Brittany derby at Nantes, who still cannot be ruled out of the relegation picture.

Meanwhile, bottom club Ajaccio will definitely be relegated if they lose to Bordeaux, but at the other end Saint-Etienne travel to Reims as Christophe Galtier's men try to keep pace with Lille in the race for the final Champions League place.

Elsewhere, Montpellier can all but secure safety with a win over a Marseille side with little to play for, and Lorient visit Nice.

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Competition
Ligue 1
Date
13 April 2014
Game week
33
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Stade de Gerland (Lyon)
Attendance
38096

Goals

J. Ferri 31'  
1 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
23
3
10
17
20
30
26
# Player Bookings
29
7 81'
25
1
5
17
24

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23:59
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Ligue 1 table

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

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