PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain is eager not to make losing a new habit.
After going 36 matches without defeat in all competitions, PSG was surprisingly upended 2-0 by Evian on Wednesday. The French champion and leader has a chance to rebound when it hosts bottom side Sochaux this weekend. But another slipup could cost PSG the lead to Lille or Monaco. Lille travels to Bordeaux and Monaco hosts Ajaccio. Here are five things to know about this weekend's matches in the French league.
AVERAGE PSG: Paris Saint-Germain is still top of the standings after the Evian loss but has seen its lead cut to just one point above Lille. Sochaux, coming on Saturday, hasn't won its past eight matches. "We didn't play well in the first half, but we created chances," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "We could have done more to make things go our way, but we didn't. We were too average in the second half. Evian deserved their victory. We have to recover well and get straight back to winning ways."
INVINCIBLE ENYEAMA: Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is closing in on Gaetan Huard's record of the longest time without conceding a goal after surpassing 1,000 minutes this week. Enyeama kept his 11th straight clean sheet in Tuesday's 1-0 win against Marseille and has now not allowed a goal for 1,035 minutes — since a 2-0 defeat to Nice in September. Huard went 1,176 minutes without conceding for Bordeaux during the 1992-93 season.
"We've said so much about Enyeama," Lille coach Rene Girard said. "He again made crucial saves for us. His strength is that he attributes his success to his teammates, to the squad. He knows he has really good players in front of him. He has his feet on the ground. We really weren't thinking about Huard's record at the beginning, we'll see. It will difficult because everyone will want to score past him. We won't put any pressure on him. But if he can continue like this until the end of the season, we'll take it!" Lille visits Bordeaux on Sunday.
MOTIVATED BORDEAUX: Bordeaux players will have an extra incentive to score past Lille's Vincent Enyeama. Coach Francis Gillot has told several of them he will take the scorer out for dinner as he tries to preserve the record of his friend Gaetan Huard. "I want to save my friend Gueguette's record," Gillot said. "I already told two, three players that I would pay for dinner if they score. I hope Gueguette will help me with the bill. He would be disappointed to lose this record, even if he told me that it's not 'his' record, but Bordeaux's record. But it was him who wore the gloves. ... So, seeing as it's a Bordeaux record, we will try to do everything possible so that Lille don't take it."