As the 2020/21 Ligue 1 project enters its last 5 video games of the season, the expected ‘farmers league’ has an awesome title race on its hands.
3 points different present leaders Lille’s 70, from fourth-placed Lyon on67 Paris Saint-Germain are 2nd on 69, with Monaco 3rd with 68.
This is just the 8th time in Ligue 1 history that less than 10 points different the leading 4 with 5 video games to go, and this season makes certain to have a couple of more twists in the tale prior to the project wanes.
Can Lille’s propensity for last-gasp objectives keep them on track? Will Monaco’s spectacular 2021 form continue? Will the usually dominant PSG dominate? Or will Lyon protect their very first title in over a years?
Sportslens has a look at the title hopefuls’ altercations, examining where the chances and obstacles lie ahead.
The league leaders have actually been this season’s surprise bundle and deservedly sit top of the existing standings due to their extremely amusing design of play.
No group has actually gotten more points in the last 10 minutes of video games than Lille’s 10 this project, and their remarkable tally is at least double that of any of their title competitors.
The balance to Christophe Galtier’s side has actually been important as he has actually created a title-challenging group, with both defence and attack similarly as remarkable this season.
Mike Maignan conveniently leads the race for this year’s Golden Glove, with his 18 tidy sheets drawing in lots of interests from clubs throughout Europe.
He has actually been helped by his ever-reliable back 4. Club captain and 37- year-old José Fonte is still a leading figure within the side.
Benjamin André has actually been a commanding existence in midfield, and his 62 succeeding takes on are 2nd just to Lorient’s Laurent Abergel’s 68.
It has actually been an appealing launching season for 21- year-old Jonathan David, and he has actually formed a not likely collaboration with veteran forward Burak Yilmaz, who have 20 Ligue 1 objectives in between them.
Their reliable collaboration has actually been substantially affected by Jonathan Bamba, with the left winger offering 9 helps, seeing him sit joint top of this seasons help charts.
Lille’s vital tie versus Lyon on Sunday will be the best chance to recover from recently’s frustrating draw to Montpellier.
The following week they invite leading 10 side Nice to the Stade Pierre Mauroy, who will be going for a strong surface to the season.
An away journey to northern competitors Lens for the Derby du Nord will follow, which might show to be a tough test with the Sang et Or flying considering that their go back to Ligue 1 this season.
Because the 2012/13 season, Paris Saint-Germain have actually ended up being the front-runners in Ligue 1 due to their strong sponsorship and team brimming with gifted stars.
In spite of their excellent run in this seasons UEFA Champions League, where they have actually knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich en path to next week’s semi-final face-off with Manchester City, their stuttering league kind sees their pursuit of the 2020/21 Ligue 1 crown far from simple with 5 video games to go.
Sundays’ significant last gasp triumph over Saint-Étienne was a welcome go back to winning methods, with Les Parisiens putting an end to 3 successive house beats at the Parc des Princes.
Golden kid Kylian Mbappé’s 2 objectives took his league tally to 23, with the forward likewise boasting 7 helps this season.
The 22- year-old appears to have the world at his feet, and there is no doubt that he will be the essential guy in PSG’s title defence.
Les Parisiens’ firepower is clear for all to see, boasting the most objectives scored this season with 74, whilst their undaunted and disciplined defence has actually signed up 14 tidy sheets.
A loaded component list will be the champs primary cause for issue– Lens, Rennes and Metz are leading 10 sides they still need to play in Ligue 1– all of which will need to be played around 2 semi-final Champions League ties and their Coupe de France charge.
Team rotation is bound to see points dropped, and although PSG will stay favourites their course is far from simple.
Monaco have actually been Ligue 1’s standout side this season, winning 16 of the 19 video games they have actually played in 2021 and on a present run of 4 successive wins.
They head into their last 5 video games as the group in type, and Niko Kovac and his males will be hoping their free-flowing football will direct them towards their very first Ligue 1 crown because 2017.
Growing skills such as midfielders Aurélien Tchouaméni (21) and Youssouf Fofana (22), along with summer season protective additions Axel Disasi (23) and Caio Henrique (23) have actually been pressed to the fore.
All have actually continued to be successful and advance under more fully grown and skilled gamers such as Cesc Fàbregas, club captain Wissam Ben Yedder and summer season marquee finalizing Kevin Volland.
Kovac’s recognized balance to his side has actually gained benefits this season, with a league double over PSG a prime example of their outstanding display screens.
Ben Yedder and Volland have actually an integrated 46 Ligue 1 objective contributions in between, with Monaco positioned 2nd in the general scoring charts, 4 behind PSG’s 74.
Defensively, just Lorient’s Abergel and Lille’s Andre have actually made more effective deals with than Tchouaméni, whilst the young Frenchman likewise ranks 5th in ground battles won.
3 of Les Monégasques staying 5 league getaways protest leading 10 sides, with Lyon’s see to the Stade Louis-II on May 2 set to be an important component in their quote for splendor.
In their last 2 video games of the season, both Rennes and Lens will offer stern tests. If Monaco play with the volatility they have actually treated their fans to this season, huge events might be in progress come May 23.
Lyon’s 2-1 win away to Nantes on Sunday continued their excellent away form this season, with Rudi Garcia’s side unbeaten in their last 15 away video games (W9, D6), the longest in the department.
Memphis Depay’s 2 objectives took the Lyon captain to 18 for the season, 2nd just to Mbappé in the Ligue 1 scoring charts.
The Dutchman has actually been Lyon’s primary male this season, with his 9 helps seeing his overall objective contributions at an outstanding 27.
It is not a surprise the forward has actually been greatly related to a summertime relocate to Barcelona.
Karl Toko Ekambi and Tino Kadewere’s assaulting hazard has actually likewise been vital in Les Gones’s title rise.
Summer season arrival Ekambi has 12 objectives and 6 league helps, whilst likewise developing the fourth-highest goalscoring chances in the department.
With Lyon dealing with Lille and Monaco back to back in their next 2 league components, it seems make-or-break for Gracia and his males in their pursuit of the Ligue 1 crown.
Les Gones will take support from their kind versus their title competitors, taping wins currently versus PSG, Monaco and a draw versus present leaders Lille this season.
Favorable outcomes versus Lille and Monaco, and the possibility of a very first Ligue 1 title because 2008 might quickly come true.
Statistics from Transfermarkt.com and Ligue 1.
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