Google+ PLANET FOOT 7: The clash of PSG and Monaco ends with draw 1-1.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The clash of PSG and Monaco ends with draw 1-1.

Leader Monaco travels to the French capital to take on reigning champion Paris Saint-Germain in the pick of the Ligue 1 fixtures this weekend.

A win for the house side - which is the favourite to win a second consecutive Ligue 1 title after more lavish spending - would see it overtake Monaco in the league standings and, depending on St Etienne's result against Toulouse, could see it summit the league.

PSG is on a three-game winning run in Ligue 1 and will have been buoyed by its strong Champions League performance against Greek champion Olympiakos.

A poor showing in the first half, from which the Parisians were lucky to go in level, was transformed in 17 second half minutes as three corners were met with headers from Thiago Motta (two) and Marquinhos to give Laurent Blanc's men a remarkable 4-1 victory in Greece.

A good week could profit even better for PSG too, with reports suggesting striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to extend his contract with the club by a further year through to 2016.

PSG will face stern opposition in the form of Claudio Ranieri's Monaco, though, with the principality club having made full use of the investment of owner Dmitry Ryobolvlev.

It is unbeaten in the league this season and will be able to welcome Jeremy Toulalan back, while striker Radamel Falcao will be looking to continue his goal-laden begin to life in red and white.

The Colombian has scored four goals in Ligue 1 so far, adding to a begin that has even surprised the club's hierarchy.

Vadim Vasyliev said: "We expected it to take longer. Stepping out of Ligue 2 means we must remain humble. Paris is the champion and will be favourite, but we will go there to win. There is no fear."

Marseille will see to profit back on song in the league after its Champions League loss to Arsenal.

It lost 2-1 to the Gunners on Wednesday and heads to Corsica this weekend to face Bastia, looking to regain some league form as well. its past two games has seen the club lose to Monaco and draw with Toulouse.

The weekend's action starts with second-placed St Etienne facing Toulouse upon Friday while upon Saturday Evian faces Montpellier, Reins takes upon Guingamp, Rennes is at house to Ajaccio and Lille goes to Sochaux.

The rest of the weekend is made up by Lyon - fresh from UEFA Europa League action - meeting Nantes upon Sunday, while Bordeaux meets Lorient and Nice faces Valenciennes.

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