• Thursday, 4 February 2010

    Ligue 1 round 23

    Boulogne v Montpellier
    PSG v Lorient
    Lens v Le Mans
    Sochaux v Nancy
    Grenoble v Auxerre
    Nice v Lille
    Rennes v Bordeaux
    Toulouse v Lyon
    St Etienne v Monaco
    Marseille v Valenciennes

    Laurent Blanc has been in denial mode all week following a report that he's agreed in principle to take over as national team coach after the World Cup. This has taken the heat off his players who have been misfiring a little lately. That said, they still lead by six and go away to Rennes this week. They can be a tricky side, espaecially at home, and Bordeaux will have to be on their guard. Montpellier continue to lead what passes for a challenge and they travel to take on Boulogne as red hot favourites but they've a host of clubs tucked in behind and breathing down their neck. Lille head that clutch and have secured the services of Eden Hazard until 2014 which is a massive boost as there are plenty of admirers of the young Belgian with wider wallets than Lille. They're away at Nice this week.

    A point behind Lille, there are three clubs on 39 points, Lyon, Auxerre and, on the back of four straight league wins, Monaco. Nobody's backing against them making it five as they go to St Etienne this week. Auxerre shouldn't have any problem in beating Grenoble while Lyon go to Toulouse. Marseille are three behind those, although with a game in hand. They're at home to Valenciennes who were once in the race, but have fallen away lately.

    PSG have slumped badly and Antoine Kombouaré is under pressure. Defeat at home to Lorient may force action to be taken. Le Mans are still in trouble and have a difficult trip to Lens and there's a mid-table clash between Sochaux and Nancy.

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