PSG keen to end mini-slump

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2014 at 10:33 am •  Published: January 30, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — There seems to be no better way for Paris Saint-Germain to end a slump than hosting Bordeaux in the French league on Friday.

In PSG's last two matches, it lost to Montpellier and drew with Guingamp.

PSG and Bordeaux are lined up for their fourth meeting of the season, and PSG has won all previous three, including in the season-opening Champions Trophy final, and the French Cup quarterfinals just over two weeks ago.

League leader PSG holds only a three-point lead over Monaco, which travels to play Lorient on Saturday. Meanwhile, Lille has lost touch with the top two and is battling to stay in third place as it prepares for an away game at Nice on Sunday. Here are four things to know about the upcoming games.

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CABAYE READY: Yohan Cabaye is impatient to start his PSG career. He scored twice in his last ever game for Newcastle, a 3-1 win away to West Ham on Jan. 18, taking his tally from midfield to seven goals in 19 games this season. "I feel in good form so there'll be no problem at that level," said Cabaye, who joined PSG on Wednesday on a three-and-a-half year deal. "I hope I'll be on the team sheet on Friday." Cabaye does not think he's taken a risk leaving Newcastle, where he was an established player, to join a PSG team packed with stars and where, with the World Cup just months away, he will have to fight for a place. "I also took a risk leaving Lille to join Newcastle one year before the European Championship, in a country and a league I didn't know. But I didn't hesitate then, either. I believe in myself. It's up to me to adapt to my teammates and to show them that I belong."

TURNING THE CORNER? Following three straight defeats, the atmosphere at Marseille grew increasingly tense with the fans turning on the team and some even issuing vitriolic statements calling the players' motivation into question. Coach Jose Anigo met with some fans on Tuesday and asked for them to get behind the team. They responded and on Wednesday Marseille finally got back to winning ways by beating Valenciennes 2-1 to climb up to fifth place. "There was a tense meeting," Anigo said. "But I thank the fans. It was beneficial." Marseille is still eyeing third place — ensuring a place in the Champions League qualifying round — and trails third-place Lille by six points. "In one month, we've made up five points on a team that was 11 ahead of us," Anigo said. "But we're just doing our jobs. We're not going to start showing off."