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5 things to know about the French league

Looking to stretch its unbeaten run to 37 matches, French leader Paris Saint-Germain will visit struggling Evian on Wednesday.

PSG is four points ahead of Lille, which has a tricky match at home to Marseille, and five clear of Monaco, which visits Nice. Both matches are on Tuesday. Here are five things to know about the midweek round of matches:

PROLIFIC PARTNERS

Edison Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were both on target as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lyon 4-0 on Sunday to restore its four-point lead at the top of the French standings.

Cavani opened the scoring and Ibrahimovic added two from the penalty spot. Thiago Silva also scored.

Ibrahimovic is now the top scorer in the league with 11 goals, one more than Cavani, as the duo continue to dispel fears they would not be able to play together.

"Having Cavani makes my game easier," Ibrahimovic said. "If I don't score, he scores. It's something we didn't have last year. He also does a lot of defensive work and he is good for the team. That's what we needed.

"We are stronger this year. If we use Cavani in the right way, it could be good for the team."

INVINCIBLE ENYEAMA

Lille's Vincent Enyeama is on the verge of moving into second in the list of goalkeepers in French league history who haven't conceded for the longest time.

Enyeama has not allowed a goal in 945 minutes and surpassed a number of shot-stopping greats with his 10th straight clean sheet in Saturday's 1-0 win at Valenciennes.

The Nigerian is just short of PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu's second-best mark of 948 from last season and should beat it barring an early shock against Marseille on Tuesday.

Enyeama is still some way off record-holder Gaetan Huard, who went 1,176 minutes without conceding for Bordeaux during the 1992-93 season.

However, Marseille has scored in all but two of its league matches this season and has 23 goals in 15 matches. Only Monaco and PSG have scored more.

Lille is second, four points behind PSG, with Marseille six points further back.

MAKING HISTORY

Mickael Landreau should beat fellow goalkeeper Jean-Luc Ettori's record of 602 top flight matches in France when Bastia visits Ajaccio in the Corsican derby on Wednesday.

Saturday's 2-0 win at Evian saw Landreau equal the record set by Ettori, who spent his entire career at Monaco from 1975-92.

Landreau invited the 58-year-old Ettori to Saturday's match and the pair warmed up together.

"It was a nice moment because there was a mix of emotions and nostalgia," Landreau said. "I also realized that Jean-Luc hasn't lost his kick. It was a really great moment. But I didn't let myself lose my focus, because I still had to play the match."

Ettori was supposed to attend Landreau's 603rd match, but the Corsican derby will again be held behind closed doors.

Bastia has moved up to eighth in the table, while Ajaccio is languishing at the bottom after losing six of its past seven matches.

The 34-year-old Landreau has also played for Nantes, PSG and Lille.

NEGATIVE NICE

Nice continues to spiral down the table and has slipped to 15th after falling to a fifth straight defeat on Saturday, losing 3-0 at Lorient.

On Tuesday, it hosts third-place Monaco, which will be eager to keep up the pressure on PSG.

"We do good things but we're not rewarded," Nice coach Claude Puel said. "It's very hard. Despite convincing performance, things don't want to go the right way. But we'll end up there.

"We have the right attitude, we have the right play. We need to be more clinical, more efficient. But we'll get out of this. We have an important match and we'll be there."

INTERNATIONAL PSG

PSG made French league history on Sunday against Lyon.

The capital side became the first team to put out a starting 11 without a single Frenchman. And it remained that way until Blaise Matuidi replaced Thiago Motta at halftime.

France under-21 midfielder Adrien Rabiot also came on for Marco Verratti in the 79th minute.

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