Week 21 of Ligue 1
Just five points separate 12th placed OGCN and ETG in the relegation zone... that's not many with just 18 games left to play... Like the five points between bottom club Stade Malherbe Caen and 17th-placed FC Metz. But nobody down that end of the table can afford to let too many points slip. Do Les Sang et Or have what it takes to add to their tally? They won't have forgotten their victory at the Stade de Gerland earlier this season, or their courageous loss in the Round-of-64 of the Coupe de France. ETG travel to the Parc des Princes knowing that they will be taking on an incredibly motivated PSG.
Les Phocéens return to their Stade Vélodrome hoping to retake first place against an in-form EAG. ASM aren't setting the world alight, but they are solid at the back and are getting the crucial goal in attack. Nantes could learn that this weekend...
Nothing is working for the TFC… 15th, just one point ahead of the relegation zone, Sireix and Co. desperately need the points against a Bastia side that impressed against PSG before booking their place in the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. Both teams are looking to edge away from the drop zone. Stade Rennais are still struggling for consistency. It will be a test for Les Verts who have a fair few players off at the Africa Cup of Nations as well as out injured, but their defensive foundations are a test for any side...
FC Metz need points. They host MHSC invigorated after their win over OM. LOSC are getting better and better, which they will look to prove against Lorient, who are dropping deep into danger. And finally, Les Girondins and Nice open the round with a host of absentees on both sides. Les Girondins are still eyeing off a place in Europe next season, while Les Niçois would dearly love to climb back into the top half of the table...
Racing Club Lens – OL
PSG – ETG
OM – EAG
Stade Rennais – ASSE
Girondins – OGCN
ASM – FCNA
FC Metz – MHSC
FC Lorient – LOSC
Stade Malherbe – Stade de Reims
TFC – Sporting Bastia