Ligue 1 preview

Chalme wary of PSG challenge

November 3, 2011

Bordeaux defender Matthieu Chalme admits he has mixed feelings about Sunday's clash with Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain.

Bordeaux are currently 15th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone, but are hoping last week's win over Ajaccio will kickstart their season as they entertain PSG.

"We are excited to be playing against such a team,'' Chalme told the club's website. "But in the meantime, we dread this game a little bit because we know they are super strong.

"We know it's going to be very difficult, but in one game, anything is possible.''

Nancy also go into the weekend's fixtures desperately searching for points. They are second from bottom and looking for just their second win of the season at home to Brest.

Nancy's Joel Sami told the club's website: "Every good result will give us a little extra oxygen. This is what we need to take off.

"This means that it is essential to beat Brest on Sunday so we then move to Paris with more serenity. We are confident. We have managed our best games at home, even though they were not always crowned with victory.''

At the other end of the table, second-placed Montpellier travel to St Etienne. The hosts were unbeaten in five matches before their 2-0 defeat to Lyon last week, but remain eighth in the standings.

Montpellier boss Rene Girard told the club's website: "I am wary of this team. And, given our ranking, we are expected to win. The element of surprise is gone. Les Verts are a stronghold of French football, especially at home.

"It's always a pleasure to play there, even if it is going to be complicated.''

Third-placed Lille will be expected to claim a home win against Evian, who have yet to taste victory on their travels this season, while Auxerre entertain Toulouse and Lyon travel to Sochaux.

Ajaccio will be aiming to record their first away win of the season when they travel to Lorient, who are yet to lose a home match.

Marseille are on a six-match unbeaten run and will look to make that seven at home to Nice. Elsewhere, Caen face Dijon and Rennes take on Valenciennes.