race for Europe, fight to keep… The stakes of the final sprint


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RC Lens and Olympique de Marseille are battling for second place, synonymous with direct qualification for the Champions League, and are playing important matches on Saturday and Sunday.

The 2022/2023 financial year is coming to an end and the The final sprint is launched in Ligue 1. If Paris Saint-Germain are almost certain to win their 11th French league title, RC Lens and Olympique de Marseille are fighting to win their direct ticket to the Champions League, promised at the second in the championship, and thus avoid an often dangerous play-off.

A delicate trip for OM on Saturday to Lille, who have not lost hope of playing in Europe next season, while on Sunday Lensois will go to Lorient, who have nothing left to play for. AS Monaco, who buried their European dreams in the Champions League play-offs last season, are well placed to finish fourth. But his match on Friday in Lyon will be decisive, as will the results of his pursuers, Lille, Rennes (away at Ajaccio) and then Lyon, who can all win European qualification.

At the bottom of the table, first relegated FC Nantes with 33 points have a chance to stay. The Canaries, who host Montpellier on Saturday, have to bet on a misstep by AJ Auxerre, 16th with only points ahead and who receive PSG on Sunday. For Ajaccio, Troyes and Angers the mass has already been said and their ticket for Ligue 2 already composted.

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