Ligue 1: PSG search for points in Strasbourg

November 1, 2007

Paris St Germain will be desperate for a win to get their wobbling Ligue 1 campaign back on track when they take on Strasbourg away this weekend.

PSG have won just two of their 12 league games so far this season and are in 15th position, just two points off the bottom three.

Coach Paul Le Guen does not seem to know which direction to take, and has resorted to benching a number of his first-team stars and throwing in some untested youngsters.

Captain Sylvain Armand is one of those experienced players to have been dropped, and he said: 'Looking at our team, we clearly have the ability to lift ourselves into the top half of the table.

'Now, we have to put any negative thoughts to one side and come out fighting.

'Picking up results is the best way to cure our problems.'

PSG's two victories this term have come away from home, so that is at least some consolation for Le Guen as he takes his team to the Alsace region on Saturday.

Strasbourg are having a superb time back in the top flight, and go into the weekend in sixth position with just one defeat from their last six games.

Marseille are in an even worse position than PSG. They may be ripping up trees in the Champions League, but they lie third from bottom in Ligue 1 ahead of their home match against Lorient on Saturday.

They have lost five of their last seven games and - like PSG - have won just two league matches overall.

However, Lorient are struggling themselves after a very impressive start to the campaign, and are winless in eight.

OM should be boosted by their penalty shootout win over Metz in midweek, although they did lose Jacques Faty to a thigh injury that should keep him out this weekend.

At the other end of the table, leaders Lyon look to be bang in form and host Valenciennes having won eight of their last nine games.

Les Gones are four points clear at the summit, with Nancy and Rennes level on 24 points behind them.

Nancy take on fourth-placed Bordeaux on Saturday while in-form Rennes welcome struggling Monaco to the Route de Lorient.

Saturday's other two games see Lille travel to Auxerre, two teams who are side by side just below mid-table, while Nice entertain fourth-bottom Sochaux.

On Sunday, second-bottom Lens host St Etienne are will be desperate for three points that could lift their out of the relegation zone.

Toulouse play cellar-dwellers Metz and Caen host Le Mans.