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Ligue 1

  • March 8, 2014
  • • 10:30 AM
  • • Stade Armand-Césari, Furiani
  • Referee: B. Bastien
  • • Attendance: 14992

Ligue 1 Preview: Bastia - Paris Saint-Germain

Ligue 1 Preview: Bastia - Paris Saint-Germain

Les Parisiens are looking to extend their 11-game unbeaten run in the French top flight as they come up against out-of-form Corsicans.

Paris Saint-Germain has a healthy lead at the top of Ligue 1, but Laurent Blanc will not allow his men to rest on their laurels at Bastia.

The reigning champions have opened up an eight-point gap at the summit, with their 2-0 victory over rivals Marseille last weekend following second-place Monaco's 2-0 defeat to Saint-Etienne.

That gap appears unassailable, as PSG has lost just once in 27 top-flight outings this season and is now on an 11-game unbeaten run. But speaking after the Marseille match, Blanc insisted his side has no room to celebrate until the retention of its Ligue 1 title is a mathematical certainty.

If recent history is anything to go by, though, PSG should move three points closer to that goal at Stade Armand Cesari on Saturday before Monaco faces Sochaux, as it has won the last seven meetings between the clubs.

This season's reverse fixture also suggests Blanc's men will collect another three points, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani bagged a brace each in a 4-0 demolition at the Parc des Princes in October.

Bastia's recent form also counts against it, with Frederic Hantz's men having lost two and drawn one of their last three Ligue 1 fixtures. However, Bastia can take solace from a strong record on home soil this season, with eight of its 10 league victories coming at Stade Armand Cesari.

Bastia is faced with the daunting task of lining up against Ligue 1's hottest strike partnership, however, in the form of Ibrahimovic and Cavani.

The players have notched 36 Ligue 1 goals between them this term, with the Swede currently topping the scoring charts with 22 strikes ahead of his Uruguayan teammate, who is on 14.

Cavani had missed five matches with a thigh injury before the victory over Marseille, but showed no signs of being off the pace after coming off the bench to grab PSG's second goal with a powerful header.

The 27-year-old has been granted permission to return to his homeland for personal reasons during the week, but is expected to return in time for the contest.

In contrast to PSG's daunting firepower, which has seen it score 64 Ligue 1 goals this term, 20 more than second-place Monaco, Bastia has struggled for goals this season, with no team in the top 10 having netted fewer than its tally of 31. 

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