OL-Strasbourg: Keeping the rhythm (7 p.m., Téléfoot)
Even without impressing, OL keep racking up valuable points. A few days after snatching a last-minute victory over Bordeaux, the Lyonnais once again needed only one goal to bring back three points from Dijon. More sluggish in their play then they had been in the last two matches and with less collective play than they had displayed since the end of 2020, they have still managed not to jeopardize the very impressive run that has been going for more than four months now -- only one defeat in the team's last 20 matches! Three days after a visit to their neighbors, Dijon, we return to battle against Strasbourg to extend it further.
The fight for the podium, and for top spot, continues in full swing -- every round sees a bit of a musical chairs. LOSC, PSG and OL keep giving each other chances, round after round, even on the same day at times. And if Lille currently has top spot, the cards could yet be reshuffled again. By winning against Strasbourg, the Lyonnais would put pressure on Lille, who are traveling to Nantes, and PSG, who could stumble at the Vélodrome in a match like no other. Always on the lookout just off the podium, ASM are also playing a little later in the weekend in Nîmes. It’s up to Memphis and his teammates to get the job done and wait for the rest of the round's results.
RCSA have missed two great opportunities for a more exciting end to the season. Initially weighed down by catastrophic results in the first months of the league, Thierry Laurey's team have recovered in 2021 with three wins and one draw. But against Reims then against Brest, two direct opponents, they conceded a first defeat of the year and a draw in the final seconds, which prevented them from moving higher than 15th place. The rebound from the draw against Brest during the week could be quick in coming, however. Its little blip last week and its current place in the table should not make us forget their overall form: Strasbourg are one of the league's top teams since the start of the calendar year.