PSG, Marseille and Lyon fighting for position

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Updated: December 21, 2012

PSG, Lyon and Marseille make up a congested  look at the top of the French league table, only goal difference separating the big three and with the Winter break kicking in after the weekend it’s a big week for some sort of ascendancy to be achieved.

Lorient, Nice and Rennes complete the top six and Valenciennes just squeeze into the top 10, nine points behind the joint leaders.

PSG begin the final league games for 2012 tonight when they travel to Brest. Since the Paris outfit went down 2-1 to Nice in the beginning of December, Ancelotti’s team have run riot winning their last 3 games and in the process scoring 9 goals. They will also be boosted by the fact they drew Valencia in the last 16 of the Champions League avoiding some of the big names. Ibrahimovic leads the goalscoring charts in France with 17, some more tonight could see them temporarily take hold of top spot.

In Brittany, they will come face-to-face with a club cult hero, full-back Bernard Mendy, who spent seven seasons with PSG in two separate spells between 2000 and 2008.

On Saturday night, Lyon entertain 5th placed Nice, one of the surprise packages of the season so far and will be hoping to put last week’s narrow 1-0 defeat to the Parisians behind them.

Lyon defender Dejan Lovren will be fit following a nasty collision last week with Ibrahimovic’s boot.  He comes up against another in-form striker in the shape of Nice’s Argentine-Croatian top scorer Dario Cvitanich.

He has bagged 10 already this campaign, as has Lyon’s own Bafetimbi Gomis, so there should be no shortage of goals at the Gerland.

Marseille, though, have to wait until Sunday night for the visit of Saint Etienne, to keep their title challenge on track. The visitors have lost 2 of their last 3 after a good start to their campaign and a good run in the Cup.

Lorient are at home to struggling Reims and there could be a Champagne celebration if the club finish the year fourth, just five points off the lead.

Ajaccio, just above the relegation places, this week parted company with coach Alex Dupont, who reportedly “lost the dressing room”, and entertain Rennes.

Meanwhile, Corsican arch-rivals Bastia begin their enforced exile from their stadium, which the league closed down for disciplinary reasons, when they have to travel to Gueugnon for their “home” game with Nancy on Saturday night.