• Friday, 23 April 2010

    Ligue 1 round 34

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

    Just nine games this weekend. The LFP agreed to Lyon's request to postpone their game with Monaco in order to prepare for their Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern. This has greatly annoyed the Germans, which is presumably why the LFP did it.

    Marseille are in the box seat and really ought to be beating St Etienne. Les Verts are all but safe - another couple of points should do it - and look relatively simple opposition to l'OM bandwagon which has built up such a head of steam. Auxerre can take advantage of Lyon's inaction to put some daylight between the sides should they beat Toulouse. Who knows which Toulouse will show up. Montpellier are at Nancy where anything would do to put them in front of Lyon and into the Champions League places, even if it is only temporary. By beating Le Mans, Lille could leapfrog the pair of them should Montpellier fail to win as could Bordeaux if they get their season back on track against Lorient.

    Boulogne will finally be relegated unless they beat Sochaux, though if St Etienne get anything from Marseille, they're gone anyway. Grenoble are down and go to Nice. Elsewhere, Valenciennes are at Lens and Rennes are in the capital to take on PSG.

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