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Ligue 1: Marseille travel to struggling Bordeaux, Lyon host Paris Saint-Germain

After a couple of weeks off for Christmas, the players will be raring to go again. While Paris Saint-Germain have been streets ahead of their rivals, it’s far from a done deal in the race for the top four. We will look ahead to two big games this weekend — Marseille v Bordeaux on Friday evening, and Lyon v PSG on Sunday. Check our thoughts below.

Bordeaux need to get back on the winning trail fast

The dust has settled on Christmas, but with a New Year, perhaps there will be some more joy for Bordeaux fans. Currently, Bordeaux are a mere point above the drop zone, and they have won just one of their past seven Ligue 1 outings. However, they have a tough start to 2022, as they face Marseille before taking on Rennes.

While scoring goals hasn’t been too much of an issue, their defensive problems have been magnified. In 19 games this season, they have conceded 43 goals, which is more than Lorient and St Etienne, who are in the bottom two. However, at times this season, they have been naive, and they can’t crumble so easily against Marseille.

Marseille desperate to fend off interest for Bamba Dieng

Although he may have only scored four Ligue 1 goals this season, Bamba Dieng is still key to Marseille’s hopes of finishing in the top four. But according to recent reports, Dieng has caught the eye of Newcastle, and it is thought they could launch a £15 million bid for him in the January transfer window. Marseille would loathe losing Dieng.

Bordeaux v Marseille: Reflecting on past encounters

It may come as a bit of a surprise that Bordeaux possesses the better head-to-head record against Marseille. However, you should expect goals in this encounter. The last time Bordeaux and Marseille met back in August, the two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. On that day, Bordeaux came from 2-0 down to rescue a point.

Bordeaux submit a request for Marseille match to be postponed

Football matches are being frequently postponed across Europe, which is largely due to COVID-19. And Bordeaux have 17 confirmed cases in the first team, so they will wait to see if they are given a reprieve. If the game goes ahead, Bordeaux have announced it will be played behind closed doors.

Paris Saint-Germain threatening to run riot in the title race

At the halfway point of the season, PSG have opened up a 13-point gap at the top of Ligue 1. With just one defeat to their name, the French giants have turned things up a notch or two, and such is their superiority, you may wonder when they will clinch the title. Of course, nothing can be taken for granted.

On Sunday evening, PSG head over to Lyon, and while Lyon’s fortunes have faded over the past few months, they will still represent a stern test. However, Sergio Ramos will miss the game for PSG through suspension after seeing red in his side’s last game before Christmas against Lorient.

Although PSG are itching to resume their Ligue 1 season things have been going along well in the Coupe de France. They swatted aside fourth-tier Vannes 4-0 in the round of 32, and Kylian Mbappe notched up a hat-trick. In doing so, he brought up his 150th goal in all competitions in PSG colours, and he is just six goals behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s tally.

Lyon v Paris Saint-Germain: Unlocking the vault on past encounters

Lyon v PSG have usually been fiercely contested affairs, and we should expect nothing different this time around. Earlier in the campaign, PSG claimed a 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes. On that day, PSG needed an injury-time winner from Mauro Icardi to secure all three points.

Lyon, however, will be wary that while PSG will be without Neymar and Lionel Messi, they can still hurt you in many different ways. And Lyon will probably not want reminding of the fact that when they faced PSG at home last season, they were on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline. Don’t expect an upset though!

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