French Ligue 1: Djibril Cisse's Bastia take on Monaco with top 10 in mind
Bastia striker Djibril Cisse is targeting more than just a top-10 finish as his side prepare to "fight like dogs".
Last Updated: 14/02/14 3:48pm
The Corsican club are currently eighth in the Ligue 1 standings, five points adrift of Saint-Etienne in the Europa League qualifying spot.
Bastia bounced back from a 3-0 defeat by fifth-placed Marseille with a 3-1 away win against Toulouse, and Cisse thinks the Blues have the fighting spirit to finish strongly this season.
"After being beaten (3-0) in Marseille, it was a click, a reaction," the 32-year-old told sc-bastia.net.
"We pulled together and the team was really mobilised.
"I think with the quality we have in the group, finishing 10th would be an insult to Ligue 1. We can even aim higher.
"But it happens through games like that (against Toulouse), where even when we are playing badly we get some points.
"By fighting like dogs, anything is possible."
Monaco approach the match on the back of a 1-0 win over Nice in the Coupe de France round of 16 following back-to-back Ligue 1 draws against Lorient and leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet has brushed aside talks of a call-up to the France national side for the pre-World Cup friendlies and is instead focusing on Sunday's trip to St Etienne.
OM are two points behind fourth-placed ASSE and claiming a win at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard is his primary concern.
"I set a goal to go to the World Cup when I came to Marseille but to be part of the France team I have to be efficient," the 26-year-old said.
"So I do not think I am there yet. I do not plan it so far in advance as we have important deadlines coming up with OM, on Sunday in St Etienne.
"For now I'm concentrating on my club."
Evian host Lille, who lie in third, and striker Clark Nsikulu is going to put aside his loyalty to his hometown club when they visit the Parc des Sports in Annecy.
A win would be a much-needed boost for Evian, who are one place and two points above the bottom three and are winless in their last eight league games.
"I play for the ETG and I give everything to help the club to continue," Lille-born Nsikulu said. "For 90 minutes, they are my enemies."
In the other games, leaders Paris St Germain will look to extend their five-point lead at the top of the standings when they take on Valenciennes on Friday, while Saturday sees Lorient host Toulouse, Nice take on Nantes and struggling Sochaux play Guingamp.
Also on Saturday, Reims are at home to Bordeaux while Rennes take on Montpellier, and in Sunday other games, Lyon host bottom club AC Ajaccio.