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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 26, 2012

Chantome wary of Brest's home record

Paris St Germain midfielder Clement Chantome has called on the Ligue 1 leaders not to under-estimate Brest when they visit the Stade Francis-Le Ble on Saturday night.

Carlo Ancelotti's side head to Brittany three points clear at the summit after 20 games as they continue their pursuit of a first top-flight title since 1994.

"They are unbeaten at home, so we know what to expect,'' Chantome said of 11th-placed Brest, who are unbeaten in their last five league games and would climb into the top half with a win this weekend.

The 24-year-old added on PSG's official website. "There is expectation on us everywhere this season.

"There will be a wall in front of us in the game. We must take the game to them and force matters. We need to make good use of the ball, keep our balance and be decisive in the final third.''

Second-placed Montpellier will be looking to capitalise on any slip-up from PSG when they travel to Nice.

The hosts will be without David Hellebuyck and Stephane Bahoken through injury, and the suspended Francois Clerc.

Defending chamions Lille, third, head into the weekend seven points off the pace - two points better off than their visitors on Saturday night, St Etienne.

Les Verts' Romanian wing-back Banel Nicolita is wary of the threat posed by LOSC but has assured the travelling fans his team will give their all.

"It's a team that plays great football. They have very strong personalities,'' he said on the club's official website.

"[But] we will go to Lille with great motivation and courage. We will put in our best preparation to get a good result. We will give everything. We want to please our fans. I'm sure that many will come and support us.''

Elsewhere, Dijon travel to the Stade Gerland to face fourth-placed Lyon. The top-flight debutants lie 13th in the standings - only four points above bottom-placed Ajaccio - but OL midfielder Clement Grenier knows they must not be taken lightly.

"They're a good team and getting better,'' he said. "They've recruited well and have players that can make the difference, such as [Gael] Kakuta, [Benjamin] Corgnet and [Brice] Jovial.

"For us, it's a very important game after the loss to Montpellier. Kakuta is a very skilful player, capable of things out of the ordinary. But we need to bounce back.

"This should be three points for us. It's also a big game because it's the first in that run of seven games in three weeks. We can't afford to slip up.''

Auxerre coach Laurent Fournier welcomes back Delvin Ndinga, Cedric Hengbart, Kamel Chafni and Anthony Le Tallec after injuries for the home game against Nancy, but Willy Boly (thigh) is doubtful while Yaya Sanogo (groin), Adama Coulibaly (foot) and Alain Traore (African Nations Cup) will be missing.

In other games on Saturday, Lorient tackle second-bottom Sochaux and Toulouse face Caen.

Fifth plays sixth on Sunday night when Rennes take on Marseille at the Stade de la Route de Lorient.

"Rennes are a young team but have played together for the last two or three years,'' said OM coach Didier Deschamps.

Deschamps, who will be without Stephane Mbia for around a month due to a thigh injury, added on the club's official website: "They are one point ahead of us and they will want very badly to beat us.''

Also on Sunday, Bordeaux visit Evian and Valenciennes host Ajaccio.

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