Nantes-OL: Confirmation and belief (9 PM, Canal +)
After three matches without a win in the league, the Lyonnais picked up three points last week at Groupama Stadium against Angers. It was a more-than-welcome victory to stay in contact with the top three, who also all won on the last matchday, thus keeping the standings in the same order. OL remained fourth, just one point behind Monaco in third and two behind second-placed PSG. Beyond these three very valuable points, the victory against Le SCO also was evidence of OL's ability to play attractive attacking football as in the first part of the season, but also not to concede a goal, with Antho Lopes registering his first clean sheet in a month, and one which is hopefully the first in a long series of them.
Off the podium since their defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in mid-March, OL intend to recover their position, and that has to mean a victory at La Beaujoire. Firstly so as not to let their title rivals slip away, but also because two very important matches are looming in the coming weeks: a visit from Lille in one week and then a trip to Monaco the following week. Thus, it is obligatory for the Lyonnais to perform well today, in order to have their destiny in their hands for those two encounters. This is doubly true this weekend, as all the competitors for the top three have winnable matches, given their current form: visits from Montpellier and Saint-Etienne for Lille and PSG and a trip to Bordeaux for Monaco.
FC Nantes' season has been far from happy -- Antoine Kombouaré is already the third manager to take charge of the team this season and is still struggling to prevent relegation. Despite a big win at the Parc des Princes not long ago, Nantes have been still unable to follow this up and are currently in 19th place, two points behind the play-off place and four from the first non-relegation spot. Survival is not far away but Les Canaris will not be able to count on OL to give them any gifts, as OL intends to win against a team that has not won at La Beaujoire since October.