Lyon will look to keep firm hold of their Champions League spot when they host in-form neighbours St Etienne in Ligue 1 tomorrow.
St Etienne have already qualified for the Europa League thanks to their Coupe de la Ligue victory over Rennes last weekend and they have not been beaten in the league in 2013.
Lyon occupy the third and final Champions League place behind Paris St Germain and Marseille, who are well within coach Remi Garde's sights.
The teams will start the match in third and fourth after Lille conceded three goals in the final 11 minutes to draw with Sochaux after being on target for victory which would have seen them leapfrog the pair.
Garde knows the quality of the opposition his team face tomorrow although he is quick to point out the game is not the be all and end all.
He told the club's official website: ``The championship will not be finished after this match.
``Les Verts are playing very well.
``This team has many strengths and it will be a difficult game.
``Both teams want to win.''
Garde acknowledges the fact the game is a derby adds another layer, saying: ``The situation of the two clubs in the standings at this time of the season adds extra spice.
``This is great for the spectacle, for the championship.
``It is a little different from other derbies. But all derbies are very important.''
Lyon responded to three successive defeats by winning their last two games and he admitted this has given him a welcome selection conundrum.
``I have to find efficiency, balance and the performance of the players,'' Garde said.
``My role is to make the best choices to win.''
St Etienne followed up their Coupe de la Ligue victory with three more points against Ajaccio in midweek to move to within two of their hosts.
Coach Christophe Galtier denies such form has produced any weight of expectation, telling reporters: ``For now, we put pressure on those who are behind, we are back in front.
``We are progressing season after season.''