Paris Saint-Germain may have the chance to seal the Ligue 1 title at Olympique Lyonnais for the second straight year when the two sides meet Sunday.
Laurent Blanc's men were dumped out of the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage by Chelsea on Wednesday, losing on away goals after a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge leveled the tie at 3-3 on aggregate.
PSG's European campaign may have ended in disappointment, but domestically the club has been utterly dominant again as it leads Ligue 1 by 13 points over second-place Monaco.
The capital club sealed a first title since 1994 with a 1-0 win at the Stade de Gerland last May, with Jeremy Menez scoring the only goal of the game. And if Monaco loses at Rennes on Saturday and Blanc's men replicate that triumph, they will enjoy another title party at the home of the seven-time champions with five games to spare.
The contest will also act as a dress rehearsal for next Saturday's Coupe de la Ligue final between the two teams. PSG has won each of the last three encounters against Lyon, easing to a 4-0 triumph in reverse fixture at the Parc des Princes in December, but captain Thiago Silva is not expecting a straightforward victory this time around.
"It's always difficult after an elimination like the one we have just suffered against Chelsea, to focus immediately on the championship," Silva told PSG's official website. "But when you love winning, you need to know how to bounce back and take the games one at a time. We have a very tough game against Lyon this Sunday, one of the best teams in France. They are a quality team, with a great stadium and passionate fans."
Lyon also suffered European heartbreak midweek as Remi Garde's side was knocked out of Europa League by virtue of a 3-1 aggregate loss at Juventus.
Next weekend's final now stands as fifth-place Lyon's only chance of silverware this season and it remains to be seen what kind of team Garde will select for this fixture with injury concerns over a number of his key players.
Playmaker Clement Grenier will again miss out because of a groin strain, while midfielder Yoann Gourcuff (ankle) is also unavailable and goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre is suspended. However, Fullback Mouhamadou Dabo (hamstring) could return and Gueida Fofana (groin) is edging closer to fitness.
Meanwhile, PSG's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains on the sidelines with a hamstring problem picked up in the first leg against Chelsea.
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