The intoxication of the summits, the fear of the fall. At all levels, the last day of Ligue 1 is already shaping up to be exciting! And for good reason. Except for the title of champion of France already acquired by the Parisians and the status of condemned almost definitively attached to the jersey of the Girondins de Bordeaux, practically everything remains to be done 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 thus find themselves under pressure before approaching this final meeting.
A six-man battle for Europe!
Dolphin of PSG for very long weeks, the Marseille club (68 pts, +21 in goal difference) has, in fact, dropped its second place in favor of AS Monaco (68 pts, +25 in goal difference) , Stade Brestois scorer (4-2). Traveling to Lens (7th, 61 pts), which can still dream of the top 5, during the last day, the Monegasques, with nine consecutive successes, will therefore have their destiny in hand to obtain a directly qualifying ticket for the phase of groups of the next Champions League. For their part, OM, who will host Strasbourg, will have no choice but to pocket the three points and hope for a misstep from the Asemists to recover this second place on the gong.
A mission which promises to be difficult despite everything since the men of Jorge Sampaoli will cross swords with Alsatians, fifth and well placed in this race for Europe. Victorious against Clermont (1-0) last weekend, Racing has the opportunity to maintain its place in the top 5 depending on its result. At best, Julien Stéphan’s band could even finish in fourth place, synonymous with qualification for the Europa League, but he also remains under the threat of a seventh place in the event of a catastrophic scenario (defeat for Strasbourg coupled with a victory for OGC Nice and RC Lens). With a much better goal difference than OM, Rennes (4th, 65 pts and +42 in goal difference) can also hope for a favorable scenario that would allow them to reach the podium.
On the lawn of Lille, which has nothing more to play for except to end the season on a good note, the Bretons will therefore have the firm intention of winning, while hoping, at the same time, for a Olympian defeat. A scenario that would then 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, beaten by the Mastiffs the previous day (1-3), will no longer have a choice. On the road to Reims, the Aiglons, already defeated in the Coupe de France final, will therefore have to win and hope for a misstep from Strasbourg and Rennes to return to the top 5.
The race for Europe:
2- Monaco: 68 points (+25) (qualifying place for the group stage of the Champions League)
3- Marseille: 68 points (+21) (qualifying place for the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League)
4- Rennes: 65 points (+42) (qualifying place for the Europa League group stage)
5- Strasbourg: 63 points (+21) (qualifying place for the play-offs to access 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 for Europe which therefore promises to be thrilling but which cannot make us forget the high stakes also present at the bottom of the table with a duel at a distance from all dangers which is looming between FC Metz and AS Saint-Etienne . And for good reason, Greens and Grenats are the last two candidates in the fight to try to stay in Ligue 1. Despite their defeat against Strasbourg, Clermont (16th, 36 pts) has, for its part, definitively saved its place in the ‘elite. The same is true for Lorient (17th, 35 pts), which hooked Bordeaux last weekend.
With a difference of 12 goals to catch up with Metz, the 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 place in the duel to win this famous eighteenth place, synonymous with dams. Thanks to two wins in a row, first against OL then against Angers (1-0), FC Metz recovered this 18th place from the Greens, beaten by Reims (3-1) and guilty of a very bad series with four losses in a row in the league. Traveling to Nantes, which has nothing left to play but Antoine Kombouaré has already warned that he would not “no gift” to his future opponent, the men of Pascal Dupraz will therefore try to survive in Ligue 1.
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 stakes on the Parisian side. Finally, note that in this final battle, the 18th and therefore future play-off will face a Ligue 2 team, namely the winner of the meeting between Auxerre and Sochaux, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. in a pre-dam that promises to be boiling.
The race to maintain:
18th – Metz: 31 points (-29) (roadblocker’s place)
19th – Saint-Etienne: 31 points (-35)
20th – Bordeaux: 28 points (-41)
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