With an eight-point lead in Ligue 1, Monaco are already 'autumn champions' in France and firm favourites to win the title at the end of the season.
Olympique Lyon's desire to be counted among the big clubs of European football may be satisfied on the pitch and by the Paris stock exchange this week.
After three successive defeats, Olympique Marseille face three tough games in a week that could effectively spell the end of their season.
Nine games into the season, the cream of French football is rising to the top of Ligue 1 with Monaco, Olympique Marseille, Olympique Lyon and Paris St Germain in the top five.
Madrid is a dirty word in Marseille at present.
Olympique Marseille, still suffering from their mauling by Real Madrid, lost 1-0 at Nantes on Sunday and allowed Monaco to take over at the top of Ligue 1.