The challenges of the 37th day

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Saturday May 27, 2023 at 09:02

Discover all the challenges of the 37th and penultimate day of Ligue 1, with still suspense for the title and the European places, but also for the maintenance, with Auxerre and Nantes in great danger.

The race for the title and Europe

Leader of Ligue 1 with six points ahead of RC Lens and a very favorable goal difference (+50 against +34), PSG only need one point in his last two games, in Strasbourg on Saturday evening and against Clermont a week later, to be assured of a record 11th title of champion of France, while Kylian Mbappé, top scorer in Ligue 1, can afford a new record. Strong dolphins, the Lensois have five points more than OMand are very close to a first qualification for the Champions League since the 2002-2003 season. If they win on Saturday against the already condemned Ajacciens, the Sang et Or will be sure to finish in second place, whatever the result of the Marseillais against Brest.

Phocaeans who will finish third at worstwhich would force them to go through two preliminary rounds in order to reach the group stage of the prestigious European competition. To accompany Toulouse, winner of the Coupe de France, in the Europa League, AS Monaco (4th with 65 points) hold the rope. But the Monegasques are under the threat of Lille (5th with 63 points), Rennes (6th with 62 points) and even Lyon (7th with 59 points). Philippe Clément’s men are therefore playing big on Saturday with the Rennais, who have a much better goal average (+27 against +15) and would go ahead if successful. The Lille welcome Nantes during this penultimate day, while the Lyonnais are opposed to Reims.

The race to maintain

While Angers has been officially relegated to Ligue 2 since the 33rd day, AC Ajaccio and Troyes joined the Angevins in the cart on the occasion of the 35th round. But who will be the fourth club to go down? Mathematically, they are still three concerned: Strasbourg (15th with 39 points), Auxerre (16th with 34 points) And Nantes (18th with 33 points). Alsatians who only need a point, against PSG or Lorient, or a misstep from one of their rivals, to ensure their maintenance. Everything should therefore be played out between Auxerrois and Nantes, with an advantage of one point for the Icaunais, but a lower goal difference (-26 against -18). They travel to Toulouse on Saturday before ending the season against Lens, while the Canaries will go to Lille and conclude against Angers. Place your bets…

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