PARIS (AFP) - Bordeaux, making waves on the home front, approach this weekend's Atlantic derby at Nantes with only one objective in mind - to prise the league lead from Lyon.
Last Sunday's 4-0 Yoann Gourcuff-inspired drubbing of Paris Saint Germain moved Laurent Blanc's side up to within one point in second place of perennial champions Lyon who cannot afford to slip up at Grenoble.
Bordeaux travel up the coast to Nantes awash with confidence after following up the PSG rout with a win over Chateauroux in midweek to book a League Cup semi-final berth.
Blanc, who made seven changes for that match from the XI that faced PSG, is set to start Marouane Chamakh and Fernando Cavenaghi, the season's joint top scorer with a dozen goals.
Bordeaux are chasing their sixth league title and their first since 1999.
Lyon let two valuable points fall by the wayside last weekend when held to a 1-1 draw at home to Lorient and make the trip to Grenoble missing Sidney Govou.
The curtain came down prematurely on the attacking midfielder's season on Wednesday when he tore his Achilles' tendon in training.
Coach Claude Le Puel has to contend with another injury headache with the torn thigh muscle suffered by defender John Mensah.
Govou meanwhile headed off for ankle surgery with a far from rosy portrayal of life at the Stade Gerland this season.
The 29-year-old attacker told France Football this week that Lyon was suffering from a lack of "dressing room atmosphere."
"(Team) unity either exists or it doesn't. With us it doesn't. Lyon is more a collection of individuals."
He suggested that "perhaps" Lyon commanded less respect than the team had done in the past. We have less physical impact on the opposition, and we aren't so dominant in the game. Let's say we're a little less (dominant) everywhere."
Midfielder Jeremy Toulalan predicted Lyon would come through Saturday's test.
"It's going to be a tricky game....but after all that's gone on this week we're going to put up a big performance." he said.
The surprise packages of the season so far are Rennes who lie third, one point behind Bordeaux, after last weekend's defeat of Grenoble. The high-flyers face a tricky assignment on Sunday at Lille.
Fourth-placed Marseille will be out to keep up the momentum on their pursuit of the top three, hosting bottom side Le Havre with Toulouse, in fifth, at home to Nancy.
PSG put their discouraging performance against Bordeaux behind them with a League Cup quarter-final win over Lens and will be eyeing all three points when they welcome relegation-threatened Sochaux to the Parc des Princes.
Saturday (1800GMT unless stated)
Grenoble v Lyon
Lorient v Valenciennes
Marseille v Le Havre
Nice v Auxerre
Saint Etienne v Le Mans
Toulouse v Nancy
Nantes v Bordeaux (2000)
Sunday (1600GMT unless stated)
Caen v Monaco
Paris Saint Germain v Sochaux
Lille v Rennes (2000)
|Craig Shakespeare sacked by Leicester City|
|Messi is the best in the world, says Paulinho|
|Valverde ready for ´emotional´ game against old boys OIympiacos|
|Manchester United expecting a tough game against Benfica, says Ashley Young|
|Rafinha has ´no interest´ in Barca exit - Mazinho|
|Mourinho would be happy with draw against wounded Benfica|
|O´Neill wary of Eriksen threat after Republic of Ireland draw Denmark in World Cup play-offs|
|Simeone and Atletico wary of Qarabag threat|
|Robben set for landmark as Barca´s Valverde welcomes former side - Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Conte´s harsh words will motivate us, insists Alonso|
|Mourinho: I´m not signing new contract and I´m not joining PSG|
|Bayern´s Martinez out for at least two matches|
|Besiktas ask fans not to attend Champions League clash with Monaco|
|Fit-again Morata could face Roma, Conte reveals|
|Juventus must share the blame for defensive woes, says Chiellini|
|Nice president supports Balotelli for Italy recall|
|Celtic´s Roberts modelled his game on Robben|
|World Cup play-offs: Italy to face Sweden, Republic of Ireland meet Denmark|
|Juventus are not in any kind of crisis, says Allegri|
|Watford can beat Chelsea claims Cleverley|
|Sigurdsson admits to falling short at Everton|
|Lloris hails ´machine of success´ Cristiano Ronaldo|
|Ox not ready for central role, Klopp says|
|My career´s gone - Redknapp flags likely retirement|
|Spurs must be wary of Isco ´magic´, warns Pochettino|
|Riedle defends Bundesliga quality amid early Champions League struggles|
|Manchester City v Napoli: The numbers behind Europe´s most lethal attacks|
|Jardim says French champions Monaco down on confidence|
|Spurs star Kane an obvious target for Real Madrid – Redknapp|
|Bosz and Dortmund eyeing much-needed victory as Schmelzer returns|
|Szczesny: I didn´t improve at Arsenal due to tactical gulf|
|Pochettino wants ´10 or 15 years´ at Tottenham|
|Shakespeare hails Mahrez response after ´kick up the backside´|
|Leicester City 1 West Brom 1: Mahrez cancels out Chadli magic|
|Hamsik not worried by Maradona record ahead of Man City clash|
|Man City better than Real Madrid? Sarri daunted by Napoli´s Etihad assignment|
|Ashley puts Newcastle United put up for sale|
|Lovren accuses ´nervous´ Lukaku of deliberate kick during Manchester United draw|
|One small step for Ox... Klopp praise for under-fire midfielder|
|Klopp denies Liverpool have lost confidence|
|Manchester ready for goal rush as Spurs visit fortress Bernabeu - Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Tottenham one of Europe´s best, claims Riedle|
|Watch: Barcelona mark Messi debut with footage of La Masia magic|
|Ronaldo has to win Ballon d´Or, says Isco|
|Guardiola not falling for De Laurentiis´ Napoli script change|
|Guardiola´s ´genius´ inspiring Sterling at Manchester City|
|He is a complete forward – Zidane an admirer of Kane|
|Bale could miss both Tottenham games, concedes Zidane|
|Guardiola takes pressure off De Bruyne amid Messi comparisons|
|Napoli should rest stars against Manchester City - De Laurentiis|
|Switzerland, Italy, Croatia & Denmark seeded for World Cup play-offs|
|Kane takes Real Madrid interest ´very naturally´, says Pochettino|
|Chelsea struggling to fight on several fronts, Conte concedes|
|Jiangsu Suning confident Capello not Italy-bound|
|Pochettino: Madrid are not the Ronaldo team|
|Boateng considered Bayern exit|
|Nonsense! Critics won´t force Postecoglou out says Socceroos great Moore|
|MLS Review: Sounders, Timbers book play-off spots|
|Lukaku dismisses suggestions he is a flat-track bully|
|Milan will go along with Montella - Fassone backs boss after derby loss|
|Valencia win incredible nine-goal thriller at Betis|
|Spalletti hails Inter´s derby hero Icardi as complete striker|
|D´Ambrosio was clever - Milan boss Montella angry at Inter´s winning penalty|
|Mandanda breaks Marseille appearance record|
|Inter hero Icardi ´holding on tight´ to derby hat-trick ball|
|Pochettino watches you everywhere - Fonte|
|Attack proving best form of defence for Manchester City|
|If they think that, they will be stupid - Guardiola rules out City complacency pre-Napoli|
|Inter 3 AC Milan 2: Brilliant Icardi treble breaks Rossoneri hearts|
|Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda dies after colliding with team-mate|
|Pogba steps up recovery from hamstring injury|
|I feel pity for the fans – Benitez|
|Jesus learning from Aguero and living for goals at Manchester City|
|De Vrij eyes Lazio extension despite Liverpool links|
|Southampton 2 Newcastle United 2: Gabbiadini brace denies Magpies|
|Treble season - Barcelona star Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo to have third child|
|Rooney makes Brighton his 36th Premier League victims|
|My whole football life is pressure - Koeman unconcerned by scrutiny|
|Inter striker Icardi targets 100 goals for club|
|Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Everton 1: Late Rooney penalty fails to paper over visitors´ woeful show|
|Derby County 2 Nottingham Forest 0: Vydra´s rapid start sets Rams on their way|
|Spurs boss Pochettino harbours England ambitions|
|Milan´s Bonucci grateful to Inter for early grounding|
|De Bruyne one of the best in the world, says Silva|
|I won´t finish my career here – Mourinho looking beyond Manchester United|
|A-League Review: Bobo double sinks Wellington Phoenix, Taggart rescues Perth Glory point|
|Allardyce rules out taking ´very tempting´ Scotland job|
|Pochettino did not like me at first, reveals Alli|
|Koke pleased with Atletico display against Barcelona, Messi|
|Vazquez: Isco´s football is from the street|
|Ronaldo always delivers when Madrid need him to – Marcelo|
|Messi ´tired´ after recent heroics, says Valverde|
|Mertesacker laments Arsenal collapse|
|We achieved something remarkable - Inzaghi hails Lazio´s ´historic´ win at Juve|
|Simeone lauds Barcelona´s ´extraordinary´ Messi|