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Ligue 1

  • April 27, 2014
  • • 8:00 AM
  • • Stade Auguste-Bonal, Montbéliard
  • Referee: S. Desiage
  • • Attendance: 19504

Ligue 1 Preview: Sochaux - Paris Saint-Germain

Laurent Blanc's men will be confident of defeating a side that they routed 5-0 in December but will take nothing for granted after their hard-fought win over Evian midweek.

Paris Saint-Germain can bring an end to its wait to lift a second consecutive Ligue 1 title with a win over Sochaux on Sunday.

Les Parisiens are three-time French champions, but have never lifted the trophy in consecutive years — a feat that has rarely looked in doubt during this campaign.

Sunday's task is simply to equal or better the result of their principality rivals to make sure of the title, but Wednesday's battling 1-0 home win over Evian proved that some things are easier said than done. Laurent Blanc's charges were left to rely on an 89th-minute winner from Blaise Matuidi to edge ever close to the title.

And, while heaping praise on his midfielder, Blanc knows PSG will need to show a marked improvement this weekend.

"He never gives up, he's a player that believes right to the very end," he said. "It's not just a coincidence that he scored. We need to show a different attitude and approach if we want to win the league against Sochaux on Sunday."

Encouragingly for PSG, it demolished Sochaux 5-0 in the reverse fixture back in December. A first-half effort from Thiago Silva was added to after the break by Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace.

While this could prove to be an important fixture for PSG, it is arguably just as crucial for this weekend's hosts.

Sochaux currently sits two points adrift of safety, but could find itself five points back if it loses Sunday and Valenciennes is beaten at Guingamp.

With just four games of the season remaining, Sochaux could do with a few favors, although it did win this fixture 3-2 last season, with Cedric Bakambu netting the winner six minutes from time.

On the injury front, Swedish striker Ibrahimovic (hamstring) is expected to be PSG's only absentee.

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