• Friday, 26 February 2010

    Ligue 1 round 26

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

    In any normal season, Marseille's trip to the capital would be an obvious pick for game of the week. Not so this time. PSG are just awful, Marseille are not. Away win.

    Bordeaux had a week off last time round and get back to it up at Le Mans where they ought not to have a problem. Montpellier's chase suffered somewhat with defeat and they've a tough task at home to Rennes to get back on it and, if they stumble again, there's a host of clubs waiting to take up the baton. Lille are the most likely and come off the back of a good result in Europe in going through against Fenerbahce, but face a tough game this weekend at home to Auxerre who themselves could take up the cudgels. Lyon are another of them and they shouldn't have an issue in beating Nice. Monaco have dropped away a bit, but will beat Boulogne this weekend - Boulogne being absolutely dreadful - and that will put the Monagasques back in the frame.

    Grenoble are now 16 points from safety. With 13 games to go, that's an Eiger of a mountain to climb to get out of it. Defeat at Nancy this week and any lingering doubt of their relegation will disappear. Other club's woes down at the bottom have helped St Etienne keep their heads above water and they're at Valenciennes this week and there are mid-table skirmishes in Lorient and Toulouse where the respective visitors are Sochaux and Lens.

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