- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain visits Lorient on Friday looking to preserve its eight-point lead over Monaco.

With the title seemingly set to stay in Paris, Monaco will be more concerned about retaining its advantage over third-placed Lille which it plays against at home on Sunday.

Here are five things to know about this weekend’s games:

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CAN ANYONE STOP ZLATAN?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic cannot stop scoring and the Paris Saint-Germain striker broke a long-standing record last weekend when he fired in both goals in a 2-0 win at Saint-Etienne.

The goals took his tally to 40 in all competitions for the season so far, bettering Carlos Bianchi’s club record of 39, set in 1977-78.

“This record is important for you, but for me I’m just doing my job,” Ibrahimovic said. “There are still nine matches left so we’ll see what will happen.

“It was important to win, the goals are just a bonus.”

PSG, which is also through to the Champions League quarterfinals, remained eight points above Monaco. On Friday it visits mid-table Lorient which has won just one of its past eight league matches.

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GOURCUFF ON WAY OUT?

Lorient heads into Friday’s match against Paris Saint-Germain under a cloud of turmoil and knowing that it could lose long-standing coach Christian Gourcuff.

Apart from a two-year break at the beginning of the millennium, Gourcuff has been in charge of Lorient since 1991.

However, tensions have been growing stronger between him and club president Loic Fery since star player Mario Lemina was sold to Marseille on the last day of the summer transfer window.

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