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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 2, 2007

Lyon need to get back on track at Troyes

PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Leaders Olympique Lyon travel to struggling Troyes on Sunday looking to get their league form back in gear just four days after Olympique Marseille ruined their French Cup hopes.

The five-times French champions, gunning for a record sixth consecutive Ligue 1 title, have been barely recognisable recently with only two points from their last four games.

'We will see if something good comes of all this,' coach Gerard Houllier told the club's Web site (www.olweb.fr) referring to Lyon's 2-1 defeat at Marseille in their French Cup last-16 tie on Wednesday.

'In Troyes, we will have to start the game as we did at the Stade Velodrome. It will be very tough because they will be very motivated,' Brazil midfielder Juninho added.

'We need to be able to play against this kind of team if we want to bounce back in the league.'

Troyes, who are 17th with 21 points from 22 matches, have lost only once in eight games as they bid to avoid relegation.

Lyon will still be without injured midfielder Alou Diarra and forwards Sylvain Wiltord and Karim Benzema.

RC Lens, who made light work of third division side Clermont with a 4-1 away victory in the Cup on Wednesday, will be eager to make amends after a three-match barren spell.

They face a tough task as Antoine Kombouare's side have lost only one game at the Nungesser Stadium this season.

Lens can field playmaker Olivier Monterrubio, who they swapped for Stade Rennes midfielder Olivier Thomert during the transfer window.

Sunday's showcase game sees struggling Paris St Germain travelling to fourth-placed Marseille.

The match, usually accompanied by a heavy police presence, will give the Provence side, who are just two points adrift of Lille, the chance to strengthen their European ambitions.

PSG's only aim is to move away from the relegation zone. Paul Le Guen side's, who have not won in their last 11 league games, are only one point ahead of third from bottom Nantes.

Fifth-placed St Etienne host bottom club Sedan.

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