OM, Monaco, Nice, Rennes and Strasbourg will battle for European places two days before the end of Ligue 1. The club from Marseille is well placed to finish second.
We see it a little more clearly. After Wednesday evening’s staggered encounters, Europe’s contenders now have the same number of matches in Ligue 1 two days before the end of the season. And with Stade Rennais’ surprising 2-1 defeat to FC Nantes, combined with OGC Nice’s 4-2 victory against AS Saint-Étienne, the situation began to stabilize. On the evening of next Saturday, May 14, some qualifications can be recorded.
As a reminder, knowing that FC Nantes have won the first of two French tickets to the group stage of the Europa League thanks to the victory in the Coupe de France, the European qualifiers by championship are divided as follows:
► 1st: Champions League Group Stage
► 2nd: Champions League Group Stage
► 3rd: Champions League third qualifying round
► 4th: Europa League Group Stage
► 5th: Europa League Conference play-offs
What can be done this Saturday
For the start of the 37th day, only first place is untouchable, as Paris Saint-Germain has already been crowned champions of France. For the rest of the top 5, everything can still move. Olympique de Marseille (2nd, 68 pt), AS Monaco (3rd, 65 pt), OGC Nice (4th, 63 pt), Stade Rennais (5th, 62 pt) and RC Strasbourg (6th, 60 pt) are still among them involved struggle. In the event of a tie, only Rennes is clearly in favor of their overall goal difference (+40). The other clubs are between +23 and +17.
OM is guaranteed to finish in 2nd place in case of:
† victory against Rennes, if Monaco doesn’t win;
– draw against Rennes, if Monaco lose.
OM is guaranteed to finish on the podium in the event of:
– victory against Rennes;
– draw against Rennes, if Nice doesn’t win.
Monaco is guaranteed to finish on the podium in the event of:
– victory against Brest, if Nice and Rennes don’t win.
Nice is guaranteed to finish in the top 5 if:
† victory against Lille, if Strasbourg does not win;
– draw against Lille, if Strasbourg loses.
Rennes is guaranteed to finish in the top 5 in the event of:
– victory against OM, if Strasbourg does not win.
The program of the contenders for Europe from the past two days
Matchday 37, Saturday 14 May (9 p.m.)
Matchday 38, Saturday 21 May (9 p.m.)
► Reims Nice