PARIS - Brief news from Ligue 1 before this weekend's matches: History favours Girondins Bordeaux in their chase for a 14th consecutive win after the blazing run that led them to their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years at the end of last season. The French champions have a record of 32 wins, three draws and seven defeats against Nice they host on Sunday. Their last league defeat at home to the Mediterranean side was in the 1977-1978 season. They have won eight of the last 10 encounters between the two clubs in all competitions. Olympique Marseille travel to Stade Rennes on Saturday without Ivory Coast striker Baky Kone sidelined by a knee injury which will request a scan. Last season's runners-up, who have won their first two games of the new season, will welcome back full-back Laurent Bonnard and midfielder Stephane M'Bia from injury, however. Olympique Lyon will have to do without talismanic striker Sidney Govou and midfielder Ederson, sidelined respectively by a thigh and an ankle injury, for their game at AJ Auxerre on Saturday. Coach Claude Puel also told reporters on Friday he will rest Argentina striker Lisandro Lopez. Stade Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti is still to decide who will be his playmaker against Olympique Marseille as his two first choice midfielder Bruno Cheyrou and Junichi Inamoto are injured and suspended. "Yann Mvila and Alexander Tettey are two possibilities. Tettey has got experience but he never played a Ligue 1 game. Mvila lacks experience but he will to gain some one day or the other," he said. "We'll see on Saturday" Surprise Ligue 1 leaders AS Nancy will be without their two Moroccans defenders Michal Chrtien, sidelined by an Achilles' tendon injury, and Abdeslam Ouaddou, who has torn a knee ligament, for their game at Le Mans on Saturday. Valenciennes confirmed on Friday they have lost goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau for at least six months after medical tests showed he ruptured a cruciate ligament in training. Jean-Louis Leca will take over on Saturday against Paris St-Germain. Paris St Germain fullback Sylvain Armand will play his 300th Ligue 1 game on Saturday at Valenciennes.
21 August 2009
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