OL-Lorient: Put the pressure on (5 PM, Canal+)
The victory in Monaco last Sunday has given hope to Anthony Lopes and his teammates. Third place, synonymous with a place in the Champions League, is now just a point away. After the satisfaction of last weekend comes the time to answer questions because it is a potential headache that awaits Rudi Garcia and his charges. To pick his starting eleven, the coach will have to do without Caqueret, Marcelo, De Sciglio and Memphis, all of whom are suspended, the absence of Bard and the potential absences of Denayer and Slimani, both of whom are doubts.
Back in the race for the podium after the big win at the Stade Louis II, Lyon knows what has to be done. Three games to play, nine points to be won while hoping, at the same time, for a misstep from the Monegasques. The fight begins this weekend with the reception of Lorient at the Groupama Stadium, while Monaco will travel to Reims on Sunday.
Long battling to avoid finishing in the relegation zone, FC Lorient has experienced a return to form over the several weeks. In 16th place, and level with Strasbourg, Christophe Pélissier's players have recorded just two defeats in their last eight games and have two wins in their last two, against Bordeaux (4-1) and Angers (2-0). Les Merlus have also turned in some great performances against the "big sides" with a famous win in Paris (3-2) and a draw in Monaco (2-2).