decisive weekend in sight for the fight to keep

Last chance for Bordeaux and Metz, cleaver match for Saint-Etienne, find the hot spots of the fight to keep this Saturday.

Like every year, the multiplexes of 37And and 38And the days will occupy the Saturdays of Ligue 1 amateurs. Popularized by Channel + and its legendary goal alert, the event changes channel based on the competition notices. The stakes remain intact. On all levels, as per consecrated tradition. And if the race for Europe is raging, with in particular a hot Rennes-Marseille decisive in the race for the podium, the bottom of the table will be at the center of attention again this Saturday, from 21:00.

Last chance for Bordeaux … against a direct competitor

The only direct confrontation between two teams still under the influence of relegation, the meeting between Girondins and Merlus sounds like the last hope of the first cities. Last in Ligue 1 (27 points), the Bordeaux people are no longer masters of their own destiny (see below) but can keep a (small) flame if they win against the worst elite team off their bases (2 wins, 5 draws, 11 defeats). On the contrary, a defeat would definitively condemn Bordeaux, fueling a little more the distrust of the fans who could arrive in large numbers after benefiting from affordable prices (seats starting from 9 euros).

Appointed in February to secure the dangerous mission of keeping the Girondins, David Guion has failed to raise the bar. JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP

In their last home game, the Girondins suffered a brief but logical defeat against Nice, which benefited from a defensive error that revealed Bordeaux’s season (0-1). “In our situation, nothing succeeds, we must attract this success“, Then regretted coach David Guion, appointed in mid-February to succeed in the maintenance mission. A challenge a little more complicated by the slap received on Sunday in Angers (4-1), which pointed out that the salvation of the centenary club would go best through roadblocks. Three points clear of Saint-Etienne, play-off (31 points), FC Lorient will also be attentive to the course of Geoffroy-Guichard’s evening. Beaten by Marseille on Sunday (0-3), as in four of their last five games, the Hakes have lost the opportunity to spare themselves a stressful end of the season.

Metz has granted itself a respite

Against all odds at Lyon on Sunday (3-2), FC Metz have given themselves one last hope, almost unexpected in view of a very complicated season. So much so that the Lorraine changing room now believes in the enterprise. “There may be a small chance but I don’t want to talk about it, assured coach Frédéric Antonetti after the victory against OL. I used to say “I believe it” and I had many reasons to believe it, but it didn’t work. There we are liberated.

A positive mood to approach the last chance against Angers. The SCO, which has been slow to secure its eighth consecutive season in the top flight, ended up validating its retention after winning against Bordeaux last weekend, combined with Saint-Etienne’s defeat in Nice on Wednesday (4- 2). Irrelevant in the second leg (3 wins, 7 defeats in a row between the end of January and mid-March), the Angevin team has all the credentials for the ideal opponent to keep the dream of keeping Lorraine.

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Saint-Etienne-Reims, the weight of closed doors

Overthrown by Nice in a period, AS Saint-Etienne remains on the razor’s edge. Given the situation in which the club was at the truce (12 points), finding themselves blocking the road with a 3-point advantage over 19And (Metz) was almost unexpected. But the situation remains urgent when it comes to hosting the Stade de Reims. Certainly relieved of all accounting issues, the Reims group has already played spoilsport by going to win in Lorient two weeks ago (1-2).

Above all, Pascal Dupraz and his flock will not be able to count on the invaluable support of their audience on Saturday. In response to the smoke bombs deployed during the Munich reception (1-4) on April 23, during the 30And anniversary of the Green Angels (fan group), CNOSF confirmed that Saturday’s match will be played behind closed doors. “The camera penalizes the club and the fansDupraz agreed even before the sanction was confirmed. The atmosphere at Geoffroy-Guichard is incredible, it’s an undeniable asset. ” Without their fans, the Greens will still be able to secure, in case of victory, at least the place in the play-offs, thus condemning Bordeaux and Metz, if the Lorraine club does not win.

Troyes is on track to secure his first Ligue 1 retention since 2006. Federico Pestellini / PANORAMIC

Clermont-Troyes, the promoted saved on Saturday?

In a favorable tie compared to the aforementioned teams, Clermont (16And36 pt) and Troyes (15And, 37 points) are about to secure a second season in the top flight. First since 2006 for Estac, the Aube club has signed the “lift” between L1 and L2. But the Trojans will have to overcome Lensois (7And, 58 pts) still in the running for the European qualification. The northerners will have an ear on the side of the Strasbourg performance (6And60 pts), which moves to … Clermont (16And, 36 points). Two receptions with a double stake therefore. For Estac, the equation is simple: one point will be enough to lengthen the lease in L1. A point will be enough for Clermont as long as Saint-Etienne does not beat Reims. Otherwise it will be necessary to monitor the goal difference, to the advantage of Clermontois (-29 against -34), on the last day.

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