Paris St Germain will be desperate for their first Ligue 1 win of the season at Istres on Saturday to give them a boost ahead of their Champions League opener against Chelsea next week.
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.
Paris St Germain snatched a 1-1 draw at AJ Auxerre on Sunday to stay five points behind leaders Monaco and one adrift of Olympique Lyon at the top of Ligue 1 after 26 matches.
Ligue 1 leaders Monaco face a stern test of their title credentials when they host third-placed Paris St Germain on Friday.
Leaders Monaco host defending champions Lyon on Friday night as Ligue 1 resumes following its winter break.
Brought back to earth by their 4-2 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, French Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Marseille face a tricky trip to Nantes on Sunday.
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.
Monaco slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against neighbours Nice on Sunday and have lost the lead of the French Ligue 1 to defending champions Olympique Lyon, 2-1 winners over Le Havre on Saturday.
Olympique Marseille reached the winter break at the top of the French first division despite a 1-1 draw at home with Monaco on Friday.