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L1 Week 19

Published on the 19 December 2008 à 08:15 by R.B

Week 19...the last of the first round of games. The big tie of the weekend is the breton derby between Lorient and Rennes...

Lorient have really started picking up points, 10 of the last 12 available. This weekend they will have the chance to beat a Rennes side that remain unbeaten since Week 2, but who hold the highest number of drawn games so far (10) along with Sochaux. A derby at the top of the table. Toulouse play at home for the second match in a row. If Gignac, 10 of Toulouse’s 17 goals, scores… they shouldn’t be too far off their 9th win of the season. Nice have dropped a number of points over recent weeks: 1 point from 9. They will be without Rémy for this game. This is a game that will allow, the winners, to go through the winter break in the top third of the table.

Lille are in ambush and are on the back of a win over Nice, they also have their eye on the podium. They are favourites against a Le Havre who have changed managers and are in desperate need of points to escape the relegation zone. Grenoble haven’t won since Week 10 moreover they haven’t scored since Week 13! Without scoring they will not be able to stop their slide down the table. Le Mans seem to have lost the form that was theirs at the start of the season. Le Mans have conceded 6 goals in their last 2 matches.

Saint-Etienne will be looking to take all 3 points in order to give themselves a little breathing space. Auxerre have taken 1 point from 4 matches and goals are few and far between. Nantes are on a good run at the moment having taken 7 of 9 points available. They have the opportunity to put Sochaux 9 points behind them. Sochaux, who have only won once in 18 matches! OM have the capabilities to build on their draw against Lyon when they take on Nancy. Marseille can, at least, comfort their second place in the League. Nancy, eliminated from the UEFA Cup, will be able to concentrate on the League and try and rise up the standings.

PSG are the in-form side of the moment. They have just achieved qualification in the UEFA Cup and can finish the first round of games on the podium, or maybe even better. Valenciennes took all three important points against Monaco. A victory at the Parc would be fantastic for Kombouaré and his men in their quest for survival. Monaco have had a tough first half to the season and are logically placed in mid-table. Bordeaux have high ambitions. A win in the Principality could bring them the jackpot …

Caen – OL
Grenoble – Le Mans
St-Etienne – Auxerre
OM – Nancy
Monaco – Bordeaux
PSG – Valenciennes
Lille – Le Havre Nantes – Sochaux Lorient – Rennes Toulouse - Nice