The 19th and final round for the away phase of the French league, with OM-St-Etienne, the Sochaux derby between Sochaux and Nancy… and OL-Monaco.
Troyes, without Nivet, hasn’t lost in 4 games, but still has trouble at home (2 wins in 9 matches). PSG hasn’t won in six and has to be careful to avoid the relegation zone, with Pauleta, Rothen, Yepes and Rodriguez all missing. Nice brought home a point from the Parc des Princes and just need to take 3 points at home to breathe easier. Rool, Balmont... out. Lens took a hiding from OL. Lens is under pressure from St-Etienne, Lille and Sochaux for second spot. Lille hosts Auxerre... a chance for Lille to get back to winning ways after a defeat away to Sedan. Sorin will make his ‘keeping debut at Auxerre.
Lorient is the best of the promoted sides, and a 7th win would end the year nicely for them. Rennes was knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue by Reims and just played a draw at home to Troyes, meaning they have some catching up to do, especially as they will be missing Sorlin. Toulouse have slipped down the table recently, with 2 losses in two matches, no goals scored. Bordeaux has slowed its league pace; 5 points from the last 7 games. Sedan-VA? The battle of the promoted sides one of which is the success story (Sedan), with the other at the foot of the table: no goals in the last three games and only 1 point accrued. A meeting between the league’s 2 worst defences and 2 worst attacks.
OM-ASSE, Friday December 22
Sochaux-Nancy, Saturday December 23
Troyes-PSG, Saturday December 23< b r / > OL-Monaco, Saturday December 23< b r / > Nice-Lens, Saturday December 23< b r / > Lille-Auxerre, Saturday December 23
Lorient-Rennes, Saturday December 23
TFC-Nantes, Saturday December 23
Bordeaux-Le Mans, Saturday December 23
VA-Sedan, Saturday December 23