As Paris Saint-Germain shut in on a report eleventh French title, a lot of the remaining curiosity in Ligue 1 revolves across the battle for Champions League qualification and the battle to keep away from ending in all 4. descent locations.
For all their latest woes, reigning champions PSG are eight factors away from their nearest rival Marseille with six video games to go.
A win for the capital membership this weekend at house in opposition to struggling Lorient mixed with Marseille’s slip-ups at house in opposition to Auxerre on Sunday and third-placed Lens in Toulouse subsequent Wednesday would put the end line in sight. .
Christophe Galtier’s facet may seal the title, their ninth in 12 years beneath Qatari possession, in Troyes on Could 7.
The primary focus for Marseille and Lens is ending within the prime three and an opportunity at subsequent season’s Champions League, with the latter 5 factors higher than fourth-placed Monaco after beating the principality group 3-0 final season. final time.
Monaco, who’ve completed third within the final two seasons, seem to have lots to do however shall be hoping to reap the benefits of the truth that Lens and Marseille meet subsequent weekend.
On the different finish of the desk, whereas the underside three look doomed, only one level separates the highest 4 groups, all scrapped to keep away from sinking into Ligue 2.
4 groups shall be relegated this 12 months, with simply two going up as Ligue 1 shrinks from 20 golf equipment to 18 subsequent season.
Brest sit fourth from backside however path Nantes and Strasbourg solely on purpose distinction, with Auxerre one level higher.
Auxerre is the in-form group amongst that quartet with only one loss in 11.
In contrast, Nantes have gone 9 years with no win, clearly distracted by Saturday’s Coupe de France ultimate after they tackle Toulouse and shall be trying to retain the trophy.
“There was loads of consideration on the French Cup ultimate,” Nantes supervisor Antoine Kombouare admitted final weekend.
“We will play it, give it our all after which work laborious to remain awake. We’ll have to maneuver rapidly after that.”
Participant to look at: Habib Diallo
Senegal’s worldwide chief is comfortably probably the most prolific striker to play for any of the groups combating to keep away from relegation from Ligue 1 and Strasbourg shall be hoping his objectives can preserve them going. The 27-year-old has scored 17 occasions this season, 40 per cent of the membership’s complete tally of him. That features a brace in final weekend’s 2-0 win at Reims and one in a 2-1 win at Lyon in January. Strasbourg host Lyon on Friday.
496 – Lionel Messi’s subsequent Ligue 1 purpose shall be 496 in Europe’s prime leagues. He’s at present on the degree of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 495 that the Portuguese accumulates within the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.
14 – The few factors gathered by backside membership Angers, whose relegation shall be confirmed this weekend if they don’t win or if Strasbourg keep away from defeat
15 – Troyes are winless of their final 15 Ligue 1 video games, the worst present run of any group in Europe’s so-called “Huge 5” leagues
Calendars (GMT hours)
Strasbourg – Lyon (1900)
Monaco – Montpellier (1100), Clermont – Reims, Rennes – Angers, Troyes – Good (all 1300), Paris Saint-Germain – Lorient (1505), Marseille – Auxerre (1845)
Tuesday, Could 2
Toulouse in opposition to Lens (1900)
Wednesday, Could 3