Ligue 1: PSG-Nice, race for Europe, duels for the maintenance … The stakes of the 16th day


PSG-Nice, battle for the podium, European places and staying in the elite … The season is still long but several issues are on the program for the 16th day of Ligue 1, Wednesday December 1. Here’s everything you need to know before that midweek date.

Remote duel between Rennes and Nice

Thanks to its seven wins and two draws in the last nine top-flight meetings, Stade Rennais is currently runners-up to PSG and can continue to have great ambitions. To do this, Bruno Génésio’s players must keep this rhythm and that will mean a victory against Lille. (13th), stuck in the soft underbelly of the ranking despite the presence in their ranks of the championship’s top scorer, Jonathan David (10 goals).

A completely different result would give OGC Nice the opportunity to recover its second place, ceded to Rennes on the last day after its loss against Metz. To achieve this, the Azuréens will have to overthrow the Parisian ogre, undefeated at home this season in Ligue 1 but deprived of Neymar, forfeit for at least six weeks. A task ahead hard for the Aiglons, but not impossible, as their performances are convincing this season against the big names in the championship, such as Lille or Lyon.

Marseille and Lens, podium goal

If they do not have the cards in hand, the players of Olympique de Marseille, who have returned to victory against Troyes after four consecutive games without winning in the league, can claim a place on the podium at the after this 16th day. To succeed in this operation, the Marseille club, traveling on the lawn of FC Nantes, will have to achieve a better result than the Niçois in a duel from a distance. A Rennes defeat, added to this scenario, would allow even the Marseillais to be propelled to second place, behind Paris. Dimitri Payet should indeed be present for the meeting with the objective of guiding his people to victory.

Dolphin again from Paris a few days ago, RC Lens fell to 5th place in the standings after their heavy defeat in Brest and their draw against Angers in the last two days. A bad operation for the Sang et Or, who can always catch up and even get back on the podium if they beat Clermont, and that their direct competitors, Nice and Marseille, do not win.

Angers, Lyon, Monaco … The race for Europe

Places for Europe are expensive and more contested than ever this season. Lyon, winner in Montpellier on Saturday, understood it well, and will have to confirm against Reims to maintain its European ambitions and avoid getting closer to the second part of the table, which is not so far from an accounting point of view. . Sparkling since the start of the season with the Gones, Lucas Paqueta could once again play a decisive role for his team against the Champenois.

Angers, which has won a precious point on the Lensoise lawn, is also in the race. Monaco is also showing the tip of its nose, not to mention RC Strasbourg, which is even ahead of the Rocher club in the standings thanks to the goal difference.

Bordeaux, Metz, Saint-Étienne … The hunt for points

Saint-Étienne, who had chained two victories in November, could not avoid the defeat against PSG last Sunday. A bad result synonymous with a red lantern for the Forez club. The Stéphanois move to Brest to try to launch a new dynamic and leave this more than uncomfortable position.

The party is not at the rendezvous either in Bordeaux. Still beaten last weekend by Brest, the Girondins are looking for points against Strasbourg to give themselves some air and move away from the relegation zone. Lorient and Troyes, struggling with Bordeaux at the end of the standings, face each other on Wednesday in an already very important duel for the two teams. Same fight for Clermont and Metz, the Lorraine club which, despite its victory in Nice, is still in the relegation zone.



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