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  • October 19, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: B. Varela
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Ligue 1 Preview: Paris Saint-Germain - Bastia

Ligue 1 Preview: Paris Saint-Germain - Bastia

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nursing a minor knock but is expected to be fit for a a game that could see the capital club move ahead of league-leading Monaco.

Paris Saint-Germain welcomes Bastia to the Parc des Princes on Saturday, hoping to edge ahead of Monaco at the top of Ligue 1.

Currently level on points with the men from the principality, who do not play until Sunday, Laurent Blanc's side has a chance to go three points clear at the summit and will fully expect to do so against a side who are yet to win on the road this season.

PSG has won eight of its last nine matches in all competitions - a home draw against Monaco the only minor blot on an otherwise perfect run - while its opponents this weekend picked up an impressive 4-1 victory over struggling Lorient last time out.

And Blanc feels his side has grown as the season has progressed, believing it has recovered quickly from a stuttering start.

"With two draws to start with, you could say the opening to the league campaign was complicated," Blanc told the club's official TV channel. "But you got the feeling that the team was getting physically stronger, and that was confirmed by what happened afterwards.

"Now we're not only winning our games, but also trying to play good football. And I like that, because it corresponds to how I perceive football."

Despite a strong season so far, Blanc still believes there is room for improvement and feels it is key that his troops find their shooting boots ahead of the visit of Bastia.

"We still have to handle our good moments better, put away our chances more often," Blanc said. "We can still score more goals, just as we did against Benfica (in the Champions League)."

PSG had no problems in the goalscoring department last season as it put seven goals past Bastia across both fixtures - winning 4-0 away from home, before picking up a 3-1 win at home. In fact, this weekend's hosts will be confident that they can come out on top on Saturday, with the visitors last recording victory on Parisian soil in 2003.

PSG has a few high-profile injury concerns going into the tie, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gregory van der Wiel having nursed knee problems in recent weeks, and Thiago Silva (thigh) still sidelined.

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