Paris Saint-Germain have received seven of the final eight Ligue 1 titles however there’s a actual probability this season that the Qatar-owned membership may miss out on a prize that often appears destined for them even earlier than a ball has been kicked.
A yr in the past this weekend the 2019/20 season was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, by no means to restart. With 10 rounds left unplayed, PSG had been 12 factors away from Marseille in second with a recreation in hand, and had been finally named champions.
This time across the capital membership are second with 10 matches remaining, trailing leaders Lille by two factors and sitting one level above Lyon in third.
Mauricio Pochettino’s crew are via to the Champions League quarter-finals, however their home type has given hope to their rivals.
So will they overhaul Lille and see off Lyon, in addition to Monaco in fourth, to retain the trophy?
A house assembly with struggling Nantes on Sunday mustn’t trigger many issues for Paris, who may have Neymar again after a month out.
But PSG’s type in opposition to their title rivals has not satisfied. They drew at Lille, misplaced at residence to Lyon and have been crushed twice by Monaco.
A lot will due to this fact come right down to their subsequent two league video games after this weekend, with a visit to Lyon adopted by a house recreation in opposition to Lille.
“We all know now we have 10 matches left, and with the top to heads we shall be champions if we win all these video games,” Pochettino identified final week.
In the meantime Christophe Galtier’s Lille are unbeaten in 10 video games however on Sunday they go to Monaco, who’re fourth and had gone 12 unbeaten earlier than dropping at Strasbourg final day out.
Lille additionally nonetheless have to go to Lyon, whose coach Rudi Garcia was in command of the northerners of their final title-winning marketing campaign a decade in the past.
Nonetheless, Lyon’s greatest type just lately has come away, and their major goal stays holding off Monaco to safe a top-three place after lacking out on the Champions League this season. They face Reims away on Friday and nonetheless have to go to Monaco in Could.
“Not all the sides round us will take three factors this weekend as a result of Lille and Monaco play one another. We will solely make up factors on one or each of them if we beat Reims, so we’d like to verify we win,” insisted Garcia.
Within the meantime, PSG’s firepower means they continue to be the favourites, however it’s refreshing that for as soon as they haven’t run away with the Ligue 1 title.
Participant to look at: Jonathan David
The Canada striker had a sluggish begin to life at Lille after signing from Belgian aspect Gent however he has performed a key position in current weeks in serving to his new membership keep prime of Ligue 1.
David, 21, scored simply twice in his first 19 league appearances for Lille however has netted seven in 9 since, together with a significant late double in a 2-0 win over Marseille final week.
He has scored profitable targets in 4 video games since mid-January, and likewise received the opener when Lille beat Monaco 2-1 when the perimeters final met in December.
3 – Three factors separate Lille in first from Lyon in third. Eighteen factors separated first from third on the identical stage final season.
8 – Lille shall be searching for an eighth right away league win after they head to Monaco.
1 – Jorge Sampaoli has one win from one recreation to date in command of Marseille after beating Rennes on his debut in midweek.
Fixtures (Kick-offs GMT)
Reims v Lyon (2000)
Angers v Saint-Etienne (1200), Marseille v Brest (1600)
Nimes v Montpellier (1200), Dijon v Bordeaux, Lens v Metz, Lorient v Good, Rennes v Strasbourg (all 1400), Monaco v Lille (1605), Paris Saint-Germain v Nantes (2000)