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Ligue 1 weekend preview

Striker Salomon Kalou has vowed to stay at Lille at least until the end of the season.

Third-placed Lille travel to face St Etienne in Ligue 1 on Friday, and news of former Chelsea frontman Kalou's commitment should lift them.

The 28-year-old had been linked with a return to the English Premier League, but said on ligue1.com: "I'm happy here. Why change clubs mid-season? We started well and I would like to continue to the end.

"We have a state of mind here which I won't find anywhere else."

A win for Lille could move them up to second place ahead of Monaco's trip to Toulouse on Sunday.

The prolific Radamel Falcao, who has netted nine goals in 16 league appearances, will spearhead the Monaco attack as they look to bite into the five-point lead currently held by Paris St Germain at the top of the league.

Trumping the Colombian international in the scoring charts are PSG strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, with their partnership taking Ligue 1 by storm.

Front-running PSG tackle sixth-placed Nantes on Sunday.

Marseille play host to Valenciennes in the early Saturday kick-off with the away side currently in the drop zone. A win would nevertheless extend the strugglers' two-game winning streak in Ligue 1 after victories over Monaco and Bastia.

Lyon have started to find consistency, picking up 10 points in their last five games, after a mixed start to the season. They face Reims on Sunday.

Bottom-of-the-table Ajaccio make a trip to 14th-placed Nice, and Sochaux search for their third win of the season when they encounter fellow strugglers Montpellier who have also only racked up two wins so far in the campaign, drawing 12 games and losing six.

Elsewhere, Bastia have home advantage against Bordeaux, with the visitors looking to make an assault on the top four, while Evian and Rennes are still in the relegation fight in 15th and 16th sport respectively ahead of their clash.

Breton derby rivals Lorient and Guingamp go head to head in Saturday's mid-table showdown.