OL–Angers: No other choice (9 PM, Canal +)
The heavy defeat against Paris before the international break and the draw conceded in Lens last week have come as a huge blow. Because even if drawing against the fifth-placed side in the league is no shame, the Lyonnais lost in a different way on their visit to the North, not only in following two other poor performances in a 2021 which has been far from the standards set last year; they failed to take advantage of the duel between PSG and LOSC, which turned in favor of Lille, the new leader, and which could have allowed them to move back into second place. Nothing went as expected, however and OL were even knocked off the podium by a Monaco side who are in great form. A new battle has now begun.
While the title is still a possibility with the leader "only" five points ahead, Memphis and his teammates no longer have their fate in their hands in this regard. The four contenders for Europe's top competition are closely packed together, though, and a ticket for the Champions League can be punched in matches against Lille and then Monaco. We are not there yet, though and an unwelcome surprise cannot be ruled out as Lyon host Angers on Sunday night. With Lille heading to Metz and from Paris to Strasbourg earlier in the weekend, though, the competition's matches are also nothing short of a formality and could once again give a new twist to this exciting fight for the top.
Firmly ensconced in mid-table, Le SCO do not have too much to play for as the season winds down. Still, though, the team will seek to offer a nice end to the historic career of their manager, Stéphane Moulin, who has decided to leave after ten years on the Angevin bench. His players have set themselves two goals: the club's record points total since returning to the top flight in 2015 (50) and another epic run in the Coupe de France to follow having been to a previous final against PSG in 2017. To do this, the players of Le SCO will have to end a run of mixed form as they are on four draws, one defeat and one win in their last six matches.