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The intoxication of the summits, the fear of falling. At all levels, the last day of Ligue 1 is already shaping up to be exciting! And for cause. Except for the title of champion of France already acquired by the Parisians and the condition of condemned almost definitively tied to the Girondins de Bordeaux shirt, there is practically everything to do in the elite of French football. Starting with the race for Europe, which is still just as tight. Defeated in Rennes (0-2) last weekend, OM carried out a very bad operation and is therefore under pressure before approaching this final match.
A six-man battle for Europe!
Dolphin of PSG for very long weeks, the club from Marseille (68 pts, +21 goal difference) has, in fact, given up its second place in favor of AS Monaco (68 pts, +25 goal difference), scorer of the Stade Brestois (4-2). Traveling to Lens (7th, 61 pts), which can still dream of the top 5, during the last day, the Monegasques, with nine successes in a row, will therefore have their destiny in their hands to get a direct qualifying ticket for the groups of the next Champions. For its part, OM, which will host Strasbourg, will have no choice but to pocket the three points and wait for a false step from the asemists to recover this second place in the gong.
A mission that promises to be difficult despite everything since Jorge Sampaoli’s men will face the Alsatians, fifth and well placed in this race through Europe. Victorious against Clermont (1-0) last weekend, Racing has a chance to keep its place in the top 5 depending on its result. In the best of cases, Julien Stéphan’s band could even finish in fourth place, synonymous with qualifying for the Europa League, but they also remain under the threat of a seventh place in the event of a catastrophic scenario (defeat of Strasbourg along with with a win from OGC Nice and RC Lens). With a much better goal difference than OM, Rennes (4th, 65 pts and +42 goal difference) can also aspire to a favorable scenario that allows them to get on the podium.
On the lawn of Lille, which has nothing to play for but to finish the season on a high note, the Bretons will therefore have the firm intention of winning, while expecting an Olympic defeat at the same time. A scenario that would later offer Bruno Genesio’s men a place on the podium at the end of the season, synonymous with play-offs for the next Champions League. Sixth, OGC Nice, defeated by the Mastiffs the day before (1-3), will no longer have a chance. Traveling to Reims, Aiglons, already beaten in the Coupe de France final, will have to win and wait for a misstep from Strasbourg and Rennes to rejoin the top 5.
The race for Europe:
2- Monaco: 68 points (+25) (Champions League group stage qualification)
3- Marseille: 68 points (+21) (qualifying place for the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League)
4- Rennes: 65 points (+42) (Europa League group stage qualification)
5- Strasbourg: 63 points (+21) (qualification for the play-offs for access to the group stage of the Europa Conference League)
6- Nice: 63 points (+15)
7- Lens: 61 points (+14)
A distance final between Metz and Saint-Etienne!
A race across Europe that therefore promises to be exciting but that cannot make us forget the high stakes also present at the bottom of the table with an upcoming distant duel between FC Metz and AS Saint-Etienne. And it is not for less, Greens and Garnets are the last two candidates in the fight to try to stay in Ligue 1. Despite their defeat against Strasbourg, Clermont (16th, 36 pts) have, for their part, definitely saved your place in the league. .’elite. The same goes for Lorient (17th, 35 pts), who hooked Bordeaux last weekend.
With a difference of 12 goals to reach Metz, Girondins are almost relegated to Ligue 2. “The season has been so bad that we deserve what is happening to us”, recognized, as such, David Guion arrived during the season. So get in the duel to win this famous eighteenth place, synonymous with prey. Thanks to two wins in a row, first against OL and then against Angers (1-0), FC Metz regained this 18th place from the Greens, defeated by Reims (3-1) and guilty of a very poor run with four losses in a row in the league. He travels to Nantes, which has nothing to play for but Antoine Kombouaré already warned that he would not do it “without gift” For their future opponent, Pascal Dupraz’s men will try to survive in Ligue 1.
A similar challenge for the band to Frédéric Antonetti who is preparing, for his part, to challenge the Parisian ogre in the lair of the Parc des Princes to save his skin. A huge challenge for the Messins who could still count on the absence of bets from the Parisian side. Lastly, it should be noted that in this final fight, the 18th and therefore future play-off, they will face a team from Ligue 2, specifically the winner of the match between Auxerre and Sochaux, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. in a pre-match that promises to be boiling.
The race to keep:
18 – Metz: 31 points (-29) (place of the road blocker)
19 – Saint-Etienne: 31 points (-35)
20 – Bordeaux: 28 points (-41)