- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

PARIS (AP) - Paris Saint-Germain hosts bitter rival Marseille on Sunday. Still the only team undefeated at home in the French league, PSG holds a five-point lead over Monaco, which in turn hopes for a victory at Saint-Etienne to keep the pressure on. Third-place Lille is neck and neck with Saint-Etienne and Marseille in the race for a Champions League spot and hopes to shake off its poor form at bottom-side Ajaccio on Sunday.

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PSG has looked like a scoring machine in its last two matches, thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in the Champions League and beating Toulouse 4-2 in the French league. However, Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is confident his team can get a good result at Parc des Princes.

“We can trouble them with our skills, our motivation and our team spirit,” Gignac told the club’s website.

Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew nevertheless acknowledged PSG was the overwhelming favorite.

“We have nothing to lose,” Ayew told the website. “If we win, it’s a feat. If we draw, it’s almost a feat. And if we lose, people will say it’s normal.”

PSG has won its last four games against Marseille.



It’s never a dull game when PSG plays Marseille. The referee gave seven yellow cards and sent off Thiago Motta when PSG beat Marseille 2-1 at Stade Velodrome in October.

“Matches between Paris and Marseille are special because of our long rivalry,” Matuidi told the club’s website. “We will do anything to win.”

The rivalry between the two clubs dates back to the end of the 1980s when Marseille and PSG were fighting for the league title.

PSG is undefeated in its last 10 games in the league and will rely on Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to crack the Marseille defense.

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