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Le point sur les calendriers des concurrents du RC Lens avant une lutte pour l’Europe qui s’annonce acharnée

RC Lens remained in 7th position after their 2-0 victory against Montpellier on Wednesday (33rd day of Ligue 1). But the fight for Europe has narrowed significantly since Racing is now only 3 points from 3rd place, occupied by Rennes, which however has a clear advantage on goal difference. Until 10th in the standings even if a small gap of 4 points has been created between Lens 7th and Lyon 8th, we offer you an overview of the calendars of each of the clubs involved in this fight for European places. As a reminder, the 3rd will play the preliminaries of the Champions League, the 4th the Europa League and the 5th the Europa League Conference. Places that will be shifted if the winner of the Coupe de France (Nice or Nantes) finishes in the Top 5. Which calendars do you think are the most favorable? Feel free to discuss it in the comments!

Rennes, 3rd 56 points (+34):
Receives Lorient, receives Saint-Etienne, goes to Nantes, receives Marseille, goes to Lille.
Beaten in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Rennes keeps the hand. 3rd, the Breton club has the advantage of receiving 2 badly classified in quick succession. Matches to be negotiated well however because the result will be more complex.

Strasbourg, 4th, 53 points (+20):
Go to Lille, receive PSG, go to Brest, receive Clermont, go to Marseille.
A calendar which seems rather delicate even if Lille is in the hard. Question: Will PSG still be mobilized if they are champions when they go to La Meinau? This could in particular depend on the performance of Lens at the Park on Saturday… The challenge will therefore be double in Paris for the Lensois. If everything is decided on the last day for Europe, Strasbourg will have the disadvantage of playing a very difficult trip to the Vélodrome.

Monaco, 5th, 56 points (+17):
Goes to Saint-Etienne, receives Angers, goes to Lille, receives Brest, goes to Lens.
A calendar that seems quite affordable for Monegasques. We are eyeing the last match at Bollaert… Why not a final for a European ticket?

Nice, 6th, 54 points (+13):
Receives Troyes, goes to Bordeaux, receives Saint-Etienne, receives Lille, goes to Reims.
Nice, which must also negotiate a Coupe de France final and is in a bad dynamic, has on the other hand a rather favorable calendar even if it is always necessary to be very wary of the teams which play their survival in the last moments of a season.

RC Lens, 7th, 53 points (+11):
Go to Paris, receive Nantes, go to Reims, go to Troyes, receive Monaco.
A fairly balanced schedule. After the Parisian ogre, RC Lens will have matches that seem within reach but the sequence of 2 trips to Reims and Troyes will be approached with great suspicion. To afford a great final for Europe against Monaco with the support of an incandescent Bollaert?

Lyon, 8th, 49 points (+8):
Receives Montpellier, goes to Marseille, goes to Metz, receives Nantes, goes to Clermont.
Les Gones dropped out after their defeat in Brest but they can still come back to the other candidates for Europe. Especially since apart from a trip to Marseille, the matches to come do not seem insurmountable.

Lille, 9th, 48 points (+1):
Receives Strasbourg, goes to Troyes, receives Monaco, goes to Nice, receives Rennes.
Like Lyon, the reigning French champion is struggling to be there. Its calendar is also very strong with 4 contenders for Europe on the program. But if he wakes up, these direct confrontations can also work in his favor.

Nantes, 10th, 47 points (+5):
Receives Bordeaux, goes to Lens, receives Rennes, goes to Lyon, receives Saint-Etienne.
For Nantes, Europe could especially go through the Coupe de France and unlike Nice who can aspire to the Champions League, it would already be a great success. Despite a drop in the standings, the Canaries still have a few chances to defend.

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