two matches on Friday, seven on Sunday… Why the programming for the 33rd day may surprise

two matches on Friday, seven on Sunday… Why the programming for the 33rd day may surprise
two matches on Friday, seven on Sunday… Why the programming for the 33rd day may surprise

The faithful of Ligue 1 risk being disrupted in their little habits this weekend, on the occasion of the 33rd day.

Bad times for those who like Ligue 1 and their little routine. While the French championship had accustomed us to a traditional distribution of matches over three days on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the 32nd day had already been disrupted last week by the postponement of two matches and the absence of a match on Sunday 5 May, commemoration day of the Furiani tragedy. Well for the 33rd day too, the LFP decided to innovate. With two matches on the program Friday May 10… and seven Sunday May 12. And therefore a gap on Saturday 11.

On paper, the initial plan was simple: the penultimate day of Ligue 1, as tradition dictates (and agreements with the broadcasters), was to be played in a full multiplex of nine matches on Saturday evening.

The consequences of the European epic of OM

Except that OM has been there. By qualifying for the Europa League semi-final, the Marseille club found itself with a return leg to play on the Atalanta pitch on Thursday 9, and therefore unable to play on Saturday 11 in the championship. And rather than postponing the only Marseillais match (against Lorient), the League preferred to reschedule the entire multiplex to Sunday. With the exception of two matches, Brest-Reims and Nice-Le Havre.

Why this particular treatment? Because Reims and Nice are the collateral “victims” of the postponements of the PSG and OM matches of the 32nd day (are you still following?) decided by the LFP to put the two European clubs in the best possible conditions between the first leg and the return against Dortmund and Atalanta. Nice-PSG and Reims-OM having been rescheduled for Wednesday May 15, the League allows the Rémois and the Aiglons to play the 33rd day a little in advance. A little compensation, if you will.

The program for the 33rd day of Ligue 1

Friday May 10 (9 p.m.)

– Brest-Reims
– Nice-Le Havre

Sunday May 12 (9 p.m.)

– Clermont-OL
– OM-Lorient
– Montpellier-Monaco
– Nantes-Lille
– PSG-Toulouse
– Rennes-Lens
– Strasbourg-Metz

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