L1: Derby rivals duke it out for third place
While OL won both derbies against ASSE this season in Ligue 1 Conforama, a third confrontation was added to the traditional showdowns at Groupama Stadium and the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. An ultra-important showdown that goes beyond regional supremacy, with a spot in the next Champions League up for grabs during the final three match days of the campaign.
Last Sunday's 2-2 draw with second-place Lille all but ruled out Lyon's chances of catching Les Dogues in the standings. Saint-Etienne, meanwhile, beat Monaco on the road and reduced the gap with their derby rivals to a single point. The fight promises to be fierce against a Saint-Etienne side that headed into March losing five out of eight games, but has since won six of their last seven matches.
OL, who've led ASSE in the standings in 31 of the 35 match days played this season, have shown in recent outings their desire to keep the status quo. But there are still nine points at stake, three games to play, including a dangerous visit at Marseille on Sunday. By the time the ball gets rolling at the Orange Vélodrome, the result between Saint-Etienne and Montpellier, a contender for the Europa League, will be known. Nabil Fekir and company will therefore have the chance to answer in order to remain on the podium... or, better yet, increase their lead in the table.