third place, race for Europe and play-offs… what will be the challenges of the last day?

third place, race for Europe and play-offs… what will be the challenges of the last day?
third place, race for Europe and play-offs… what will be the challenges of the last day?

After two late matches played on Wednesday (Nice-PSG and Reims-OM), Ligue 1 will deliver its verdict this Sunday, May 19. If we see a little more clearly since the end of the 33rd day, there is still something at stake on all levels.

• A Lille-Brest duel for third place… with Nice beating everyone to the post?

Since Sunday evening and its 2-0 victory on the Montpellier pitch, AS Monaco is assured of finishing in second place in the championship and therefore of accompanying PSG in the group stage of the next Champions League. But the suspense is total regarding the identity of the third in Ligue 1, also assured of direct qualification for the Champions League since the reform of the most prestigious club competition. Fourth place, for its part, allows you to have a ticket for a qualifying round in C1, before a possible play-off match.

With 58 points each, Lille and Brest are in a tight spot, with Losc only ahead of the Bretons on goal difference (+18 against +16). In terms of the calendar, Lille has the advantage of playing its last match of the season at home, but Paulo Fonseca’s men will not have an easy task since it is OGC Nice, also involved in this crazy race to Europe, who will appear on the lawn of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium. The Brestois, for their part, will have to negotiate a trip to Toulouse (9th), which has nothing left to play for at the end of the season.

Lille and Brest are best placed to snatch this third place, but Nice is also in ambush. Mathematically, the Aiglons can still beat everyone at the post. For that, we will not have to lose against PSG in the late match of the 32nd day (Wednesday at 9 p.m.), beat Lille on Sunday and hope that Brest does not win in Toulouse.

Update on the race for third place, directly qualifying for the Champions League

  • 3. Lille, 58 points (+18)
  • 4. Brest, 58 points (+16)
  • 5. Nice, 54 points (+12, -1 match)

• Lens, OL, OM… an intense race for Europe

If they need a combination of circumstances to snatch third or fourth place, the Niçois are however guaranteed to finish fifth and therefore to compete in the next Europa League. Behind, Lens, Lyon and Marseille will compete for sixth place, qualifying for the Europa Conference League while waiting to know the outcome of the Coupe de France final (May 25). If PSG wins the title (or if OL beats PSG and finishes in the top 6), this sixth place will become a qualifier for the Europa League and the seventh will be sent to the Europa Conference League.

In sixth place, Lens and OL are currently tied on points (50), with a clear advantage in goal difference for the Sang et Or (+8 against -7). For the moment relegated three lengths, the Marseillais (+11 goal difference) can seize this sixth place in the event of success against Reims this Wednesday in a late match of the 32nd day.

Sunday, at the dawn of the 34th and final day, OM, Lens and OL could all three be tied. Traveling to the Le Havre pitch, the Marseillais, very uncomfortable away from the Vélodrome this season (2 wins in 15 matches), will be the only ones to play away from home. For their part, Lens welcomes Montpellier and OL welcomes Strasbourg, two teams which have nothing left to play, unlike Le Havre, who are embroiled in the fight to maintain their position.

Update on the race for 6th and 7th place

  • 6. Lens, 50 points (+8)
  • 7. OL, 50 points (-7)
  • 8. OM, 47 points (+11, -1 match)

• Three teams still fighting to stay

Clermont has been condemned to Ligue 2 since Sunday and the defeat at home against OL (1-0), but the identity of the second club which will directly accompany the Auvergnats to the lower level and that of the play-off player are not yet known .

Le Havre, 15th, is in a favorable position. With three points ahead of Metz, the play-off, they need a draw against OM on the last day to ensure their survival. In any case, they can no longer be relegated directly to Ligue 2, since they are six points ahead of Lorient, 17th.

The Merlus, in fact, will need a small miracle to snatch the play-off position. With three points behind Metz and a largely unfavorable goal difference (-28 against -21), they will need a very big victory against Clermont, at home, while hoping that PSG inflicts a slap on the Messins in Moselle .

For Metz, in a good position to be a barrage, direct maintenance is almost impossible, since they have a very unfavorable goal difference compared to Le Havre (-21 against -10). A fifteenth place would thus require a resounding victory against PSG combined with a scathing defeat for Le Havre against OM.

Update on the fight to maintain

  • 15. Le Havre, 32 points (-10)
  • 16. Metz, 29 points (-21)
  • 17. Lorient, 26 points (-28)


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