PARIS (AP) - With 10 league games remaining, there is little to stop Paris Saint-Germain from successfully defending its French title.
PSG, which hosts fourth-place Saint-Etienne on Sunday, has an eight-point lead over Monaco, which travels to play Lyon on Sunday.
Also, Lille looks to consolidate its grip on third place with a home win against Nantes.
Here are five things to know about this weekend’s games:
Veteran forward Dimitar Berbatov is settling in well at Monaco and is hoping to be even more dangerous once he has fully adapted to his new team.
Berbatov has scored twice since joining from Fulham at the end of the January transfer window, and last weekend he netted after only six minutes in his first league start and also earned a penalty that led to the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Sochaux.
“It was a great game for me and it started very well because I scored early in the game,” the 33-year-old Berbatov said. “I’m trying to work hard in training, different combinations, different styles of play. I hope it was the first step to become even better playing with the team.”
Although PSG is in good form and has lost only once in the past 18 matches, Saint-Etienne will be quietly confident of producing an upset.
Saint-Etienne was PSG’s bogey side during the last campaign, winning their league game at Parc des Princes and knocking PSG out of the League Cup quarterfinals.
In their league encounter earlier this season, Saint-Etienne looked set for a win until PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi’s last-minute goal secured a 2-2 draw for the visitors.
“We’ve got nothing to lose. We really want to test ourselves against some of the best 10 players in the world,” Saint-Etienne midfielder Loic Perrin said. “We’ve always managed to cause them problems. I hope we can do it again.”