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Week 26 of Ligue 1

Published on the 20 February 2015 à 08:00 by RB

A derby on the Côte d’Azur to start the round… a traditional Ligue 1 classic to end it... and the league leaders are at home...

Nice defeated Monaco 1-0 in the first meeting this season. Les Aiglons will be looking for another big performance against their local rivals, who may well have one eye on their Champions League match against FC Arsenal a few days later...

PSG probably deserved more than their draw against Chelsea. They are back in domestic action this weekend at home to a Toulouse side who are breathing a little easier after their win over Rennes last time out. The Parisians are without a host of players through injury and suspension and need to bounce back with a win after back to back draws in Ligue 1. The Stade Rennais are advancing in spurts and starts. Sitting nervously in mid-table, they take on a Bordeaux side who are suddenly back in the hunt for the European places.

Sporting Bastia have already picked up 12 points since the turn of the year, 12 of their 30-point total. They are also qualified for the final of the Coupe de la Ligue and will be looking to continue their excellent run at home to a largely disappointing Lille...

The Stade Malherbe de Caen are on a similar run to the Corsicans. After four straight wins and a draw at the Parc, they have lifted themselves away from the relegation zone. But they take on a Racing Club de Lens, deep in trouble and in desperate need of points. Evian-TG brought back all three points against Lens last weekend and can move out of the bottom three when they host FC Lorient.

EAG played in the Europa League on Thursday night. The Brittany side has been excellent in the league, but can they go on with it against MHSC, this weekend? Reims have the chance to pick up three precious points to climb further from the drop zone; a drop zone where FC Metz are languishing and haven't won since Week 12. Having only picked up two points since the turn of the year, things have gone downhill rapidly...

Saint-Etienne is preparing itself for one of the traditional classics of the French game with the visit of OM. Les Verts are going through a rough patch and haven't won in six matches and as a result, have dropped out of the running for a top three finish. OM aren't playing as well as they were earlier in the season, and haven't won away from home since beating Caen back in Week 9 (early October)! And finally, after three consecutive draws, without Alex Lacazette, league leaders Lyon entertain Nantes and are looking to get back winning ways...

FIXTURES

OGCN – ASM (Friday)

ASSE – OM (Sunday)

OL – FC NANTES (Sunday)

PSG – TFC (Saturday)

Stade Rennais - Girondins (Saturday)

Sporting Bastia – LOSC (Saturday)

Stade Malherbe – Racing Club Lens (Saturday)

ETG – FC Lorient (Saturday)

EAG – MHSC (Sunday)

Stade de Reims – FC Metz (Sunday)