PSG gunning for top spot against Lyon.

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Updated: December 14, 2012

League leaders Lyon face second place PSG this weekend knowing that a loss will see the hosts draw level on point at the top of the division. Lyon have lost the initiative in recent weeks following a draw against bottom Nancy, one they would have penciled in 3 points and on the weekend they face a team inform with depleted personal due to injury.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men reached a new high last Tuesday when Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped himself to a hat-trick during the 4-0 rout at a Valenciennes side who were previously unbeaten at home. The Sweden captain has been the player of the season so far in France and his league-leading goal tally now stands at 17 which is seven clear of Lyon’s French international Bafetimbi Gomis.

Marseille trail PSG only on goal difference after they bounced back from their 3-0 defeat at home to Lorient last Sunday with a 2-1 win at Bastia which was fuelled by goals from French winger Mathieu Valbuena and Ghana international Andre Ayew.

Elie Baup’s men have fared better on their travels and have won six from nine away from the Velodrome and a trip to Toulouse should be of no major concern.

Two straight wins for Christian Gourcuff’s Lorient side have lifted the Britanny team up to fourth spot, but an away defence that has leaked 16 goals in eight matches will need to be tighter for Sunday’s trip to Saint-Etienne.

Defending champions Montpellier are quietly climbing the table after a woeful start to their domestic and European campaigns and a 2-1 win at Brest on Wednesday will give them further confidence for the visit of Bastia.