Ligue 1 preview

Marseille look to bounce back

November 24, 2011

Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain head to Marseille this weekend for a le Classique that the home side need to win.

Benoit Cheyrou
GettyImagesMarseille's Benoit Cheyrou vies with Olympiakos' defender Francois Modesto

OM languish 10th in the standings after an indifferent start to the season, while their big-spending Parisian rivals lead the way in France.

Marseille won the pair's most recent encounter back in March and midfielder Stephane Mbia wants a similar result on Sunday.

''We need to turn our attention and focus on our next match [after losing against Olympiacos in the Champions League],'' he told OMTV. ''Defeat to Paris in the Clasico on our own turf is unthinkable. If you take a good look at the statistics, you'll see that Marseille wins more often than other clubs after a European fixture.''

Marseille boss Didier Deschamps echoed the Cameroon international's sentiments, adding: ''It's been a bad week so far [two defeats in five days], but we have another match to play on Sunday. For the moment, I don't want to talk about what's waiting for us.

''I'm horrified by the idea of a loss. We need to process the [defeat to Olympiacos] and only then can we turn our thoughts to Sunday night.''

While PSG are braced for a long trip south, fellow high-fliers Montpellier - they trail PSG on goal difference only - face a tough away trip of their own to Sochaux.

Third-placed Lille host Brest in Saturday's late kick-off, which comes after fourth-place Rennes take on Evian and Toulouse play Valenciennes.

Relegation-threatened duo Nancy and Dijon will go head-to-head on Saturday, while St Etienne play rock-bottom AC Ajaccio and Caen travel to Bordeaux.

Before le Classique on Sunday evening, Lyon travel to Auxerre looking for three points and Lorient welcome Nice to Stade du Moustoir.