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Round 12 of Ligue 1

Published on the 26 October 2007 à 08:45 by R.B

It’s round 12 this weekend. No major clashes… but it will be interesting to see how the 5 sides in European competition perform after their mid-week fixtures…

Metz is really finding it hard to get back up to scratch in L1. 5 points from 11 rounds with the worst defence and a front line flying at half-mast. Just 1 single point won at home! Nancy dropped 2 points and is no longer co-leader with OL. Correa’s men will be rejoined by Puygrenier and have always won their next match after a loss or a draw.

Bordeaux may have conceded 3rd place to Rennes in but Bellion just keeps scoring (7 goals). Valenciennes drew against PSG. Steve “Savigoal” Savidan has gone 555 minutes without scoring. Lille’s fortunes have been mixed and they need the points to get out of mid-table. Strasbourg is relying on its solid defence to stay in the top half of the table. The Alsatians have taken 4 points from their last 2 matches…

The Merlus are close to foundering; 11 points after 5 rounds, then 2 points from the next 6! Vahirua is no longer the match-winner he once was. Happily Saïfi got back on the scorecard in Auxerre. Nice isn’t travelling well: 3 points in Marseille and nothing since. The Aiglons, still unbeaten at home, know they can get something from their trip to Brittany and Koné has scored 2 braces in their last 3 matches.

Monaco now has 5… losses in a row. Alarm bells are ringing on the Rock. The Normans from Caen, without Lemaitre, would seem to be ripe for the picking by Roma and co. Verts just recorded their first away win for the season. Unbeaten at home, they have a chance to consolidate their position at the top of the table. Auxerre managed a sensational comeback victory against Lorient, but they are the only L1 side to still have won no points away from home. Will the situation last?

Sochaux has taken just 1 home point in 5 matches! The Doubistes are early relegation contenders, and their only hope is to turn around their home form. Marseille, the unbeaten leader of its Champions League group, only recently managed to claw its way free of the relegation zone. Eric Gerets won his first home league match last week, a result that needs consolidating away to the Doubs…

Lens is still stuck in neutral. Its strike force has been largely muzzled and the Sang et or need to start turning things around to avoid relegation. Rennes is another story. The Bretons moved into the top 3 last weekend and Wiltord is back to his free-scoring best. Le Mans is still high up the table despite conceding 3 points to Rennes. Toulouse disappointed at home against St-Etienne. The Toulousains, with a match in hand, have undone the good work they did by winning in Sochaux. There’s no reason why they couldn’t strike a big blow in the Sarthe.

Metz – Nancy, Saturday 27 October
Bordeaux – Valenciennes, Saturday 27 October
Lille – Strasbourg, Saturday 27 October
Lorient – Nice, Saturday 27 October
Monaco – Caen, Saturday 27 October
ASSE – Auxerre, Saturday 27 October
Sochaux – OM, Saturday 27 October
Lens – Rennes, Sunday 28 October
Le Mans – Toulouse, Sunday 28 October
PSG – OL, Sunday 28 October