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PSG's Cabaye relishing derby

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye is buzzing ahead of his first taste of Le Classique this weekend as the capital club bid to extend their lead at the Ligue 1 summit.

Marseille's visit to the Parc des Princes is one of the highlights of the domestic season in France and this one will be no exception, with the visitors keen to avenge a 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture at Stade Velodrome earlier this season.

PSG could be eight points clear of nearest chasers Monaco at the summit if results fall their way this weekend, and former Newcastle midfielder Cabaye, who joined the Parisians in January, admits the key to victory will be to target only the three points and not get swept up in the occasion.

"We all know the rivalry that exists between the two clubs," he said. "For the fans, the supporters, it's a very important match.

"I have already met a lot of people who have told me how important this match is. We'll see how it goes.

"I can't wait to experience the atmosphere, the match and everything around the match, how it all happens.

"In England, with Newcastle, we had a derby against Sunderland that was really intense, even if it isn't the biggest derby in England. But I love these types of matches and I can't wait.

"I'm hoping for a good match, a good game of football. It will be important, but at the end of the day, it's another league game with three points at stake."

PSG are coming off the back of a stunning 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League and a 4-2 win over Toulouse in the league last weekend, while off the pitch things are equally rosy, with Blaise Matuidi and Maxwell penning contract extensions in the past few days.

Yet Marseille will nevertheless fancy their chances of derailing the feel-good factor in the capital after a run of one defeat in nine league matches under Jose Anigo.

A 1-0 win over Lorient last weekend left OM fifth in the standings, three points off third-placed Lille, and Anigo has no doubt his players can deliver at the home of the league pacesetters, despite the club's run of four straight defeats at the Parc des Princes in all competitions.

"Is it a game that gives you a few sleepless nights? Yes, perhaps," he said.

"But in this game, we have nothing to lose, absolutely nothing. So why not do our best?"