A potentially explosive clash between Olympique Marseille and Paris St Germain at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday will top the bill in the second round of the French Cup.
Last season's runners-up Paris St Germain survived a nightmare start to come back from 2-0 down a minute from time and edge out second division Troyes 3-2 after extra time in the French Cup first round on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez celebrated his Olympique Marseille return by saving twice and scoring once as his team beat RC Strasbourg 4-3 on penalties in their French Cup first round tie on Saturday.
Paris St Germain have a last chance to clinch a berth in Europe, after a disappointing season on and off the pitch, when they host in-form Girondins Bordeaux in the French Cup semi-final on Sunday.
The French Ligue 1 will have a European flavour this weekend as leaders and Champions League quarter-finalists Monaco face a tough trip away to UEFA Cup contenders AJ Auxerre on Sunday.
An extra time goal from Sylvain Monsoreau helped Sochaux squeeze through to the French League Cup final on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over 10-man Metz.
Monaco recorded their first victory in 23 years at Olympique Marseille on Wednesday, winning 1-0 to join Sochaux in the French League Cup final.