Lyon on a high ahead of title deciding clash
PARIS, May 8 (Reuters) - Olympique Lyon will be brimming with confidence when the Ligue 1 leaders entertain Nancy in a potential title decider on Saturday (all 1845).
Six-times French champions Lyon, who lead second-placed Girondins Bordeaux by two points with two matches left, beat Sedan 1-0 to earn a place in the French Cup final on Wednesday to keep them on course for their first league-cup double.
They will clinch a record seventh consecutive title if they beat third-placed Nancy and Bordeaux lose to Sochaux.
'Winning is always great for confidence, recuperation is much easier after a victory,' coach Alain Perrin said after a late Juninho goal set up a Cup final clash with Paris St Germain.
'We have three matches left to make club history. We are ready,' said centre back Cris.
Lyon's recent league form has been patchy, with only two victories in their last six matches, while Bordeaux have won five of their last six, including a 2-1 stoppage-time victory at Marseille last weekend.
Laurent Blanc's side may have to cope without playmaker Johan Micoud, who sustained a calf injury in Marseille.
'The team that will better hold nerves will prevail,' he said.
Marseille, on 58 points, need a win at Le Mans and Nancy (60) to lose at Lyon to move into third place, the qualifying spot for the Champions League preliminaries.
At the other end of the table Toulouse, Lens and Paris St Germain, all on 39 points, resume their three-way battle to stave off relegation.
Toulouse (16th) travel to Stade Rennes while third-from-bottom PSG (18th) host St Etienne. RC Lens, 10 years after winning their only title, hold the last safe spot (17th) on goal difference but have to travel to arch-rivals Lille, where they have not won since 2003.