Runner-up to PSG, Marseille will want to keep up the pressure against Brest this Saturday, while Lille will still be looking for a rise in the standings when Troyes comes. Lyon against Bordeaux and Monaco against Metz will play big not to lose more ground.
A few days before the end of the year celebrations, Marseille hopes to spoil its supporters, this Saturday December 4 at 5 p.m. (and live on Amazon Prime Video) for the Stade Brestois venue. Attention, danger for Marseillais (2nd) on alternating current! If, on paper, the scale seems accepted towards the Olympic camp, Brest (11th) currently displays a European face. At the bottom of the pot at the start of the championship, with six draws and five defeats in eleven days, the Bretons wake up on October 31, during the room in their Francis-Le Blé stadium in Monaco (2-0). Subsequently, they chained four successes, at home against Lens (4-0) and Saint-Étienne (1-0), and away in Lorient (1-2) and Bordeaux (1-2). With 6 goals, Romain Faivre has finally found his way back to the net, just like forwards Franck Honorat (4), Steve Mounié (4) and Jérémy Le Douaron (5). This return of offensive form and a defensive solidity explaining this “renewal”. Mistrust, therefore, for Dimitri Payet’s partners.
Monaco and Lyon with their backs to the wall
Two hours later, at 7 p.m. (and still to follow on Amazon Prime Video), the Lille (12th) will aim for the pass of two for the hall of Troyes (15th). Brilliant winner during his trip to Rennes (2-1), LOSC will be keen to confirm … while already having the lead in its Champions League match on Wednesday December 8 in Wolfsburg (crucial meeting in the race for a place in the round of 16). Lille will therefore play big in the space of five days.
Sunday, December 5 will also be rich in posters. Sick, Saint-Etienne (20th) welcomes at 1pm Rennais (3rd) who have just stumbled in their enclosure facing Lille. At 3 p.m., during the usual Amazon Prime Video multiplex, Monaco (7th) will still be climbing the rankings. With two four draws and two successes, the partners of Wissam Ben Yedder are slow to return to the fore.
Bordeaux on the verge of implosion
If the reception of Metz, penultimate in the standings, has all the trap for Monaco, the men of the Principality should not tremble if they are approached this match seriously. At the same time, Montpellier (9th) and his playing master Teji Savanier will try to stay in the first part of the table when receiving the promoted Clermont-Ferrand. An Auvergne formation which points 17th and seeks to reconnect with the three points since those who won on October 16 against Lille (1-0). For its part, Reims (14th) will want to move a little further from the red zone after its success in Lyon in midweek (1-2). The duel against Angers will not be easy against a team capable of both the best and the worst. At the end of this 17th day, at 8.45 p.m., the Girondins de Bordeaux, on the verge of implosion, welcome Lyonnais who are also in bad shape. If one more defeat would not change much to Bordeaux’s dire destiny, Lyon would sink into a new crisis and the days of technician Peter Bosz could be numbered. Even if he still has the adhesion of a good part of the locker room, it is always easier and cheaper to “blow” a coach than to send players to the locker room!
Saturday 4th December
5 p.m .: Marseille / Brest live on Amazon Prime Video
7 p.m .: Lille / Troyes live on Amazon Prime Video
Sunday 5 December
1 p.m .: Saint-Étienne / Rennes live on Amazon Prime Video
3 p.m .: Lorient / Nantes live on Amazon Prime Video
3 p.m .: Monaco / Metz live on Amazon Prime Video
3 p.m .: Montpellier / Clermont live on Amazon Prime Video
3 p.m .: Reims / Angers live on Amazon Prime Video
8:45 p.m .: Bordeaux / Lyon live on Amazon Prime Video