PARIS (AP) — On the back of a good run, Lille is making a late push for a Champions League spot as it hosts second-place Marseille in the French league on Sunday.

Lille hardly seemed capable of a top-three finish when it was a mid-table team in February, but it has won seven of its last eight league matches to pull within five points of Marseille.

"We appreciate compliments about our good run, but we also know that we can't afford any slip if we want to get a European spot," Lille midfielder Florent Balmont said.

Lille will face a Marseille side that has not allowed a goal in its last four games.

Marseille coach Elie Baup has been successful in his first season with the club. Whereas Marseille finished 10th last year under predecessor Didier Deschamps, it is now the only team that can still seriously challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the French league title.

"At the start of the season, if someone had told us that we would be in second place with seven rounds left, we would have not believed it," Marseille forward Jordan Ayew said. "It's a lot of pressure but those are moments that we want to experience."

PSG hopes to bounce back from its Champions League exit when it visits last-place Troyes on Saturday.

"We were eliminated by the best team in the world without losing," PSG sporting director Leonardo said. "That's unbelievable but that's the way it is."

PSG was knocked out of the European competition on away goals. It was held 1-1 by Barcelona on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw in Paris last week.

"We were competitive in the Champions League and of course we want to do better next season," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "Now, there are other competitions left that we want to win."

With a seven-point lead over Marseille, the Parisian club is in a commanding position to win its first league title since 1994.

"We are getting closer to the title but we must still stay focused," PSG defender Mamadou Sakho said.

Lyon was in the running for the title when it held the top spot in January, but now it's on the verge of dropping out of the race for a Champions League berth.

A seven-time champion in the past decade, Lyon has lost its last three matches to trail Marseille by four points before facing Toulouse on Sunday.

Saint-Etienne has benefited from Lyon's poor run of form. Both teams are level on points but Saint-Etienne is third on goal difference.

Saint-Etienne will visit Valenciennes on Friday. The 10-time champion does not get as much publicity as PSG, Lyon or Marseille, but its surge into the top three is not a surprise.

The team has the second most prolific attack and the second tightest defense in the league behind PSG. It is also the only French team still undefeated this year in all competitions.

Also Saturday, it's: Ajaccio vs. Nancy; Bordeaux vs. Montpellier; Brest vs. Reims; Evian vs. Rennes; and Lorient vs. Bastia.

On Sunday, Nice hosts Sochaux.