Nice and Lyon in ambush
Victorious partners and scorers in the last two matches of the Espoirs (5-0 against Ukraine, 3-0 in Serbia), the two strikers Amine Gouiri, 21, and Rayan Cherki, 18, will be opposed on Sunday evening in a duel of “Gones” on the occasion of Nice-OL. At the heart of the duel between their two clubs: a possible place on the podium. Pleasant (4e ) and Lyon (6e ) have 16 points, only one point behind OM (3e ), and two behind the runner-up of the Parisians, Lens, which receives Metz. Defeated inglorious in Troyes last weekend, the Niçois will want to erase their poor performance and show that they can play the top of the table permanently this season.
Lille on the revival
Eleventh in Ligue 1 with 14 points, the Lille are far from their standards of the last season, and their defeat recorded in Clermont last weekend (1-0) sent the Mastiffs to their demons, after a series of three victories consecutive who had already seemed to put an end to their poor start to the season. To revive once again, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men welcome Stade Brestois, 19th in the championship, still looking for their first victory. Mistrust, however: last season, the Bretons had taken four out of six points against the future champions of France.
Rennes on its way
Victorious in three of their last four matches in the top flight, Rennes will continue their comeback on Sunday (3 p.m.) against Strasbourg. Monaco, 10e Ligue 1 only, must earn points against Montpellier from 5 p.m. (13e ) to stay in the race for Europe.