Thanks to Toulouse and Rennes' draw and by beating Caen, 2-0, Paris St Germain grabbed temporarily the French championship third spot. But Parisians' fate will be decided tomorrow as Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille will play on Sunday.
Bordeaux stormed to within one point of Ligue 1 leaders Lyon after rolling over a hapless Paris Saint-Germain (4-0) thanks to a sterling performance by Breton forward Yoann Gourcuff. Saturday, Lyon conceded a draw against Lorient.
Olympique Marseille will go top if they win against leaders Lyon as seven times champions France have taken just one point from the last three matches. After 17 rounds, Lyon leads with 34 points, three more than Eric Gerets' Marseille.
Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain performed welll in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday, allowing them to take the second and third places in the rankings behind leaders Lyon. This adds pressure to Lyon who face Marseille on Sunday.
Marseille moved up to second as they beat Nice 2-1 to claim just three points behind seven-times champions Lyon who slumped to a rare 2-1 defeat at Nantes. Rennes, in third, have 30 points after drawing 1-1 at Caen.
Bordeaux won against bottom of the league club Valenciennes, 2-1 and are temporarily occupying third spot. This timely victory has come just before Laurent Blanc's men face Italian side AS Roma in a crucial game Champions League on Tuesday.
Rennes moved to within five points of leaders Lyon courtesy of a solid 1-0 win over Paris Saint Germain. The Bretons leapfrogged Marseille, who lost another chance to narrow the gap after a disappointing goalless draw at Toulouse.
Fielding a depleted squad, French leaders Lyon were held to a surprising goalless home draw against bottom-placed Valenciennes, though last season's runners-up Bordeaux were unable to do better away to struggling Sochaux.