FRENCH LIGUE 1

Parc des Princes, France

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Valenciennes

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Paris St Germain centre-back Alex is focused on sealing the Ligue 1 title with a win over Valenciennes if Marseille slip up against Bastia.

Victory over Valenciennes will guarantee the championship for Carlo Ancelotti's side if Marseille fail to overcome Bastia tonight, but the Brazilian defender says that result will not change PSG's preparations.

``Everyone will be watching Marseille's result on Saturday obviously. But for us, it doesn't really change anything because we still have to do our job on Sunday to be champions,'' Alex told psg.fr.

``Then there will still be three more matches so we are preparing the mind and the body for the four remaining matches.

``Every player is preparing for this game. Everyone is at 100 per cent.

``We know this Valenciennes side and we have to show them respect. But we are the home team and we need the three points.''

Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and midfielders David Beckham and Marco Verratti will all miss the potential title-decider at the Parc des Princes as a result of bans which followed last weekend's fiery clash with Evian.

Beckham was given his marching orders in the last minute for a dangerous lunge on Youssef Adnane and will serve a one-game ban.

Verratti also saw red during the match and will serve a two-game ban, while Sirigu and Evian striker Saber Khelif have received the same suspensions after they were involved in an altercation which saw both red-carded after the full-time whistle.

Despite the fallout from last week's match, PSG midfielder Javier Pastore says preparations for the Valenciennes game have not been affected.

``This is a week like no other,'' Pastore said.

``We are relaxed because we have a substantial lead. It depends only on us.

``We know what we have to do, we have our destiny in our hands.''

Valenciennes will be without striker Gregory Pujol due to a hamstring injury while Anthony Le Tallec (Achilles), Loris Nery, Abdou Camara and Francis Massampu (all knee) are also ruled out.

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