What we already know before the 32nd day

What we already know before the 32nd day
What we already know before the 32nd day

While nine points remain to be taken in this 2023/24 Ligue 1 Uber Eats season, some places are already played, while the suspense remains for others. A quick update on the achievements and remaining issues before the 32nd day.

Classification

The J32 calendar

PSG already titled

The point obtained by the Paris Saint Germain at the Parc des Princes against Le Havre AC (3-3) last Saturday was enough. With the defeat of AS Monaco the next day, the capital club is assured of winning the 12th title in its history in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, a record. Indeed, the Parisians have a lead of 12 points over their runner-up with three days remaining. At the same time, they validated their ticket for the league phase of the next Champions League.

Monaco, Brest and Lille already European

Behind the Parisian champion, three other clubs are sure to be European next season: AS Monaco, Stade Brestois 29 and LOSC. For Finisterians, this will be a historic first.

Well on their way to qualifying for the Champions League, with respectively seven and five points ahead of fifth (OGC Nice), AS Monaco and SB29 are guaranteed to play at least the Europa League. This is almost the case for LOSC as well, the Dogues having a nine-point lead over RC Lens, 6th, with a much greater goal difference.

Champions League

While Ligue 1 Uber Eats has 4 tickets for the next edition of the Champions League (3 for the league phase + 1 for the 3rd qualifying round), who will accompany PSG in C1? Logically, places 2 to 4 should be played out between AS Monaco (2nd, 58 pts), Stade Brestois 29 (3rd, 56 pts) and LOSC (4th, 55 pts). OGC Nice (5th, 51 pts) is in ambush but will have to count on several missteps from its opponents to finish in the Top 4.

With 4 victories over the last 5 days, LOSC has not said its last word to avoid the 3rd qualifying round and qualify directly for the league phase of the next C1, via 2nd or 3rd place. But he will surely have to put in a great performance on this 32nd day, hosting OL, the second best team in the championship in 2024 behind PSG. At the same time, AS Monaco and SB29 will receive two candidates for maintenance: Clermont Foot and FC Nantes.

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Europa League and Conference League

Virtually in the Europa League three days before the end of the championship, OGC Nice is on course to return to at least the C3, with five points ahead of RC Lens (6th, 46 pts) and seven ahead of OM ( 7th, 44 pts) and OL (8th, 44 pts). But the pressure could increase on the Aiglons, their match of the 32nd day being postponed to Wednesday May 15, like that of OM.

Sixth place, synonymous with the Conference League play-offs, is currently in the possession of RC Lens. But the Sang et Or are closely followed by OM and OL, two points behind. With a clearly unfavorable goal difference compared to their competitors (-9, the only negative among the top nine), the Lyonnais start with a slight handicap.

A 7th European place?

For Stade Rennais (9th, 42 pts), securing fifth place would be a real feat, nine lengths behind the Niçois. The Rouge et Noir, on the other hand, can still aim for sixth place. And even benefit from a helping hand from destiny with a favorable result in the Coupe de France? Indeed, in the event of a victory for PSG (guaranteed to finish in the Top 6) against OL in the final, sixth place will qualify for the league phase of the Europa League and 7th place for the League play-offs. Conference. A change of configuration which could also benefit OM or… OL, who would thus already be assured of returning to Europe, via the championship, whether they win or lose against PSG on the 25th. next May.

Eleven clubs already maintained

From PSG (1st, 70 pts) to Stade de Reims (11th, 40 pts), 11 clubs are already guaranteed to return to Ligue 1 Uber Eats next season. The latest to be saved, Stade de Reims and Toulouse FC validated their continuation during the 31st day, despite a defeat for the SdR and with a success in Lorient for Téfécé (1-2).

Montpellier Hérault SC (12th, 37 pts) and RC Strasbourg Alsace (13th, 36 pts) can achieve this objective in the event of a victory this weekend or a poor performance at the bottom of the ranking. With respectively eight and seven points ahead of FC Metz (current play-off) and HAC (15th), Montpellier and Strasbourg have never been so close to maintaining.

Five clubs in the fight to maintain

Seven points separate FC Nantes (14th, 32 pts) from Clermont Foot 63 (18th, 25 pts). The Canaries are in the best position for the moment with a cushion of three points on FC Metz (16th, 29 pts) and six on FC Lorient (17th, 26 pts), first relegation.

Tied on points with FC Metz, Le Havre AC (15th, 29 pts) has a big challenge to play when it hosts Strasbourg on Saturday, while all its direct opponents face a contender for Europe at the same time. The people of Lorient thus travel to Lens, while the people of Clermont go to Monaco and the people of Nantes to Brest. The Messins will play at home against Stade Rennais.

With respectively three and four points behind HAC and FC Metz, FC Lorient and Clermont Foot are slightly behind and no longer really have the right to make mistakes, having also the two worst goal differences in the plateau.

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