Lyon 1 - 2 St Etienne

Match info: Ligue 1 at Municipal De Gerland

Date: 30/03/2014 KO: 20:00 Ref: R Buquet Att: 36,822

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Alexandre Lacazette 39


St Etienne

Mevlut Erdinc 28
Max Gradel 74

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: March 29 2014, 15:39 GMT

The stakes could hardly be higher when Lyon play host to St Etienne in one of French football's most fiercely-contested derbies on Sunday.

Romain Hamouma: Vital derby on Sunday
Romain Hamouma: Vital derby on Sunday

The two teams are neck and neck in the Ligue 1 table, with Les Verts three points ahead of their rivals in fourth place, and both harbouring ambitions of a Champions League place.

St Etienne's leading goal scorer Romain Hamouma, who is doubtful for the match with a knee injury, summed up the importance of the fixture.

The former Caen midfielder said: "I am not saying it will be a turning point in the season because there are seven games to play after that but there is a winner then the club that wins will have the upper hand psychologically."

In terms of psychology, Lyon hold the whip hand because St Etienne have won just one of the last 27 derbies, with that coming in the 2010-11 season.

Lyon also have the possible distraction of a Europa League quarter-final tie against Juventus on Thursday, and have injury concerns over three defenders Miguel Lopes, Milan Bisevac and former St Etienne player Mouhamadou Dabo following last weekend's victory at Guingamp.

Remi Garde's Lyon side are in good form, having lost just once in seven games and that a narrow defeat at Monaco.

St Etienne have gone off the boil in recent weeks but beat Sochaux 3-1 last week to get back to winning ways after two defeats in a row.

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