This Saturday, we will see the final round of Ligue 1 fixtures of the season. The season has been one of shocks, twists, turns and in one case, total domination of the league, but that hasn’t stopped fans of the league enjoying it like they would every other season.
France’s finest have once again 38 games on entertainment, with this final round still yet to through shocks our way. I will take a look at how the final day can go, and what can be decided, as well as what has already been decided.
As we all know, Paris Saint Germain have been crowned champions of France once again, after a great season for the Parisian side that will bid farewell to arguably the greatest player to wear the PSG shirt this Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. PSG could finish as far as 31 points ahead of 2nd placed Lyon, which would really cement their claim to being one of the best sides in Ligue 1 history.
Champions League Qualification
The Champions League qualification race took yet another turn last weekend, as Lyon demolished their rivals Monaco 6-1, to essentially wrap up second place. Mathematically, Monaco could still claim second, but they would need to beat Montpellier by at least 22 goals, and hope Lyon loses heavily to Reims. Both scenarios are unlikely to happen, meaning Lyon are almost guaranteed a place in Europe’s elite competition next season.
The race for third, however, could get rather tasty. If Monaco lose to Montpellier at the Stade Louis II this Saturday, and Nice defeat Guingamp, Nice could leapfrog Les Rouges et Blanc into third place, and gaining qualification to the Champions League play-offs. If Monaco do beat Montpellier, then Nice will have to make do with just Europa League football next season, which is still a massive achievement for the club.
The relegation battle could be more interesting than what is happening at the top however, as Reims, GFC Ajaccio and Toulouse fight it out for Ligue 1 survival, with two of those three teams on the verge of going down to Ligue 2. Reims and GFC Ajaccio currently occupy the two last remaining relegation places, but with Reims unlikely to defeat Lyon, that leaves GFC Ajaccio and Toulouse to battle it out for the last remaining place.
GFC Ajaccio travel to Lorient, which could be a tough fixture, but given Lorient’s recent run of three straight losses, Ajaccio could feel slightly confident. Toulouse travel to Angers, however, but with Angers coming off the back of two consecutive losses Toulouse could steal all three points.
The tide certainly suggests that Toulouse could survive the drop, which would be an amazing overhaul considering where they were prior to the appointment of Pascal Dupraz a few months ago.
The final day of Ligue 1 is bound to be a thrilling one, and one not to miss out on, so keep an eye out for the big fixtures this Saturday to witness the drama unfold.