Ligue 1 Preview: PSG & Nice clash as Monaco watch with intent

Ligue 1

Angers-Lyon

The first game of the 35th fixture will come between “difficult-to-beat” Angers vs. French giants Lyon. The match will be played at the Stade Raymond Kopa. The home side have competed in their last 3 games in Ligue 1, however they lost all 3 by 1 goal. Two of the games, however, were against Monaco and PSG. Lyon come into the game with a defeat against the league leaders at home, by a score of 1-2. They hold a 2-1-2 record in their last 5, while Angers hold a 2-0-3 record. Angers are 14th with 39 points, while Lyon are 5th with 54 points.

Monaco-Toulouse

The following match this weekend will have Monaco play Toulouse at home, at the Stade Louis II. The home side have just qualified for the Champions League semi-final, and will be playing Italian giants Juventus. Monaco come into the game with a perfect 5-0-0 record in their previous 5, while Toulouse have a 1-3-1 record in their previous 5. Monaco are first, with 80 points, while Toulouse are 11th with 42 points.

Metz-Nancy

Next fight will be between Metz and Nancy, both teams in the bottom fourth of the league. As both are desperate for points, they will battle on Saturday at the Stade Saint Symphorien. Metz have a 0-1-4 in their last 5, as they hold the 15th position in the table. Nancy, who are 19th in the table with 32 points, hold a 1-1-3 record in their last 5.

EA Guingamp-Saint Etienne

The upcoming game will have Saint-Etienne visit Guingamp at the Municipal du Roundourou. Guingamp hold 10 out of their 12 wins in Ligue 1 at home, as Saint-Etienne have lost 7 of their 9 away from home. The away side are 1-3-1 in their last 5, as Guingamp have a 2-0-3 in their previous 5. The home team are 10th with 44 points, while Saint-Etienne have 46 points, holding them at 7th place.

Nantes-Lorient

This game involves in-form lower-table side Lorient, who are undergoing an impressive run in the competition. It seems they will stay in Ligue 1 until next season, however nothing is secure yet. They hold an impressive 4-0-1 record in their last 5, which took them from 20th place to 16th. Nantes are 8th with 45 points, having a 2-2-1 record in their last 5 matches.

SC Bastia-Rennes

The following match of the French league this weekend will have last place Bastia host Rennes at the Stade Armand Cesari. The home side, desperate for points, hold a 1-0-4 record in their last 5, while the away side hold a 1-3-1 record. The home side are 20th with just 28 points, while Rennes have 44 points and are 9th.

Montpellier-Lille

The last match on Sunday will have Montpellier host Lille at the Stade de la Mosson. This match will probably be one of the most entertaining ones this weekend, since the home side are 13th with 39 points, while Lille are 12th with 40 point. Only one point separates the two, and the rivalry could result in a tough match. Montpellier possess a 2-0-3 record in their previous five, while the visiting team hold the same 2-0-3 record entering the game.

Caen-Marseille

The first match played on Sunday will see Caen host French giants Marseille in their quest to gain Europa League qualification. The home side will come into the game with a current slump in their form, as they have a 0-1-4 record in their last 5. They have however managed 77% of their wins at home this campaign, so they will be looking to make a fort out of the Stade Michel D’Ornano. Irregular Marseille have only won a game in their previous 5, however they are undefeated with a 1-4-0 record. They are 6th with 52 points, while Caen are 17th with 33 points.

Dijon-Bordeaux

One of the last matches of the 35th fixture in French football will have Dijon host in-form Bordeaux at the Municipal Gaston Gerard. The home side had a positive outing during the weekend, defeating Angers at home 3-2. Bordeaux have a 3 game winning streak coming into the match, as they hold the 4th position in the league. The home side, on the opposite end, are 18th with just 32 points throughout the campaign.

Nice-Paris Saint Germain

By far the most important match of the fixture, Nice battle Parisian giants, as they hope to defeat PSG and hurt their chances of becoming French champions. Nice, who dropped points over the weekend, could knock PSG out of the title race. The home side hold a 3-2-0 record in their last 5, while PSG are impeccable with a 5-0-0 record in their previous 5, only equalled by Monaco. PSG are second with 80 points, while the home side are 3rd with 74 points.