F91 Dudelange are heading inexorably towards their fifth consecutive Division Nationale title in Luxembourg after amassing an eight-point lead over their closest pursuers FC Differdange 03, with a mere three games remaining this season.
The titleholders need just a point at relegation-haunted FC Swift Hesperange on Sunday to defend their crown, but goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert is expecting nothing short of a testing game. "It will be quite a challenge as Swift Hesperange are battling for survival and will be doing everything in their power to avoid relegation," said the Luxmbourg international. "In spite of that, we want to pick up the point we need in order to seal the championship."
The situation could have been so different for Differdange after they pulled off an unlikely 2-1 away win over the leaders at the start of last month. That reduced the gap at the top to just two points, but the team in second promptly lost their next outing 4-1 at home to UN Käerjéng 97 before going down 2-0 at CS Grevenmacher. F91 captain Sébastien Remy now expects his side to punish those slip-ups. "We have it in our own hands now," he said. "The quality of our squad has paid off, as it did in previous years."
The champions are also through to the semi-finals of the Luxembourg Cup, having seen off the country's most successful club, AS Jeunesse Esch, before eliminating CS Fola Esch in the last eight. That has raised the prospect of a potential third league and cup double since 2005/06, with one of Käerjéng, FC Etzella Ettelbrück or Differdange awaiting in the semis on 21 May. Considering the recent form of Michel Leflochmoan's men, few would be surprised to see them reach the final at the Stade Josy Barthel on 30 May.
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