Ligue 1's leading trio will be well-placed to strengthen their positions this weekend after largely escaping as African Cup of Nations call-ups wreak havoc across the league.
Forty players from the French top flight have been called away to
But while the likes of Ajaccio - deprived of five starting players - and Brest - which will be without three defensive options - count the cost of the tournament, Lyon,
And PSG's two absentees,
The capital club travels to
"We know it is always difficult to play against Bordeaux," the Brazilian told the club's website.
"They defend very well and are very dangerous on the counter-attack. We will have to stop their counters and play intelligently."
An enticing set of fixtures sees fifth-placed Nice take on a Lille team only two points behind it in eighth while Rennes, sixth and level on points with both Bordeaux and Nice, travels to Bastia.
Lyon hosts Evian - whose joint leading scorer Saber Khelifa is away with
OM, three points off the summit in third, has defender
The midfield pairing of
He added on the club's website: "He is a fantastic player with a very good left foot and he brings a lot to the team."
Elsewhere, Sochaux's clash with Reims on Saturday afternoon (Sunday morning AEDT) has been brought forward to
Ajaccio, shorn of Carl Medjani,
Troyes and Valenciennes - who along with Nancy are the only clubs unaffected by Cup of Nations call-ups - travel to Lorient and Toulouse respectively.
St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has signed a two-year contract extension taking him through to 2016, the Ligue 1 club has confirmed.