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Ligue 1 Preview: Lorient v PSG

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 24 May 2013


Paris Saint-Germain can finish their Ligue 1-winning season on a high on Sunday as they travel to seventh-placed Lorient.

Carlo Ancelotti’s champions have 24 victories to their name this campaign and have lost just five as their star-studded side swept the French title with games to spare.

They have a 10-point buffer at the top from second side Marseille and have not lost in their past 10 league matches – winning eight in that run.

English superstar David Beckham will officially bid farewell to professional football at Stade du Moustoir, with Italian manager Ancelotti also departing the club.

Although he only spent a small slice of his 20-year career at the club, Beckham’s PSG team-mates have been glowing in their praise of the midfielder.

“I didn’t know him personally before he signed for Paris, but I have got to know him here. He has been a model of professionalism,” Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said.

French midfielder Blaise Matuidi added: “David is an incredible person. I can’t speak highly enough of him. But first and foremost, he’s a great footballer who has had an amazing career.”

Missing for the French capital outfit will be Jeremy Menez, due to suspension, while Lorient are without Jeremie Aliadiere, Gregory Bourillon, Gilles Sunu and Lamine Kone due to injury.

Lorient will be a tough nut for PSG to crack at home, as Christian Gourcuff’s men have lost just one of their past 12 league games at home.

PSG are unbeaten in their past four visits to Lorient, winning twice and drawing twice – most recently posting a 2-1 come-from-behind victory last May.

In the reverse fixture this campaign, Lorient surrendered up a 2-0 lead at Parc des Princes to draw 2-2 after Ibrahimovic’s brace earned PSG a point.

That result meant in the past eight clashes between these two clubs, the home side has failed to win – a streak PSG can prolong on Sunday.


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