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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov 16, 2006

Ligue 1: Lyon out to stretch lead at Sedan

PARIS, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Leaders Olympique Lyon have the opportunity to widen the gap at the top of the Ligue 1 when they travel to bottom-of-the-table Sedan while second-placed Lille face a tricky game at Sochaux on Saturday.

'We are going there to win. We expect this match to be very tough,' said Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa, who is returning after a two-month injury layoff.

'Even if it is the leaders against the bottom club, it is difficult. We will have to be ready mentally,' he added.

Lyon, who have won all their away games but one this season, have little to fear from promoted Sedan, who have nine points from 13 matches and lie 25 points adrift of the five-times champions.

Lille, second in the standings 10 points off the pace, travel to fifth-placed Sochaux.

'We will have to fight against every team if we want to remain in the top three as everything is still very tight behind Lyon,' Lille defender Nicolas Plestan told the club's website.

'Our second place is something ephemeral, we have to keep working to keep it. And we must play a good match at Sochaux.'

Sixth-placed St Etienne, who host lowly Nice, are only three points adrift of Lille.

Monaco, who moved out of the relegation zone last weekend, will be eager to build on their 4-0 thrashing of Troyes when they entertain promoted Lorient.

On Sunday, Olympique Marseille will be out to end a four match losing streak against Valenciennes, who have yet to win away from their Nungesser Stadium.

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