May 7, 2018
Final two weeks of games for Europe
There are two weeks to go before L1 2017/2018 comes to a close. Two weeks during which there will be numerous battles, at the top and bottom of the table. Despite the defeat at the Vélodrome, the Gym still have a chance to obtain a third consecutive Europa League qualification.
We take a look at the remaining fixtures for all of the teams that could still (mathematically) finish the season in 5th or 6th place in L1 - with 6th place being enough for a place in the preliminary rounds of C3, if PSG go on to win the Coupe de France.
5th Rennes (54 points)
In a strong position, the Rennais are the only side to still control their own destiny with two games to go.
During the next set of matches, they will travel to the Parc des Princes to face PSG, who have already secured their title as champions. They will play their final game of the season at home, against Montpellier, a direct competitor.
6th St-Etienne (52 points)
Defeated this weekend by the Girondins, Sainté currently occupy a potentially very important 6th place.
They will travel to Monaco in the next round of games, before finishing their season at home, against Lille.
7th Nice (51 points)
The Aiglons will welcome SM Caen for Week 37.
After their last home game of the season, they will travel to Lyon, for an exciting end to the season.
8th Montpellier (49 points)
Montpellier also hold onto a chance of securing European matches this summer, if they win their two remaining games and their opponents stumble.
Next Saturday, MHSC will welcome Troyes to the Mosson, before heading to Rennes to conclude their campaign.
9th Bordeaux (49 points)
During the last weekend of competition, the Girondins got themselves back in the race by securing a precious win at the Geoffroy-Guichard against the Stéphanois (3-1).
With momentum behind them. they will play at home against Toulouse in Week 37 and will go to Metz (relegated to L2) for their final outing.
10th Nantes (46 points)
A “Derby of the West“ awaits the Canaris on Saturday, given that they will make the short trip to Angers.
They will finish the season at the Beaujoire against Strasbourg.
11th Guingamp (46 points)
Finally, Guingamp, mathematically could still achieve 6th place.
In order to do so, Antoine Kombouaré’s side will need to beat Marseille at home in the next round of fixtures and then bring down Toulouse at the Stadium on the last day of the season, whilst at the same time hoping for a slip-up from the teams ahead of them.