Ligue 1 Weekend Preview: Leaders Marseille welcome Auxerre, Rennes tackle Bordeaux

OM seek to consolidate first place when they face Auxerre. Lille play already-relegated Arles, as they search for a much-needed win. Goal.com previews the action...


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Saturday (all times in CET)
19:00 Lens - Lorient
19:00 Lille - Arles
19:00 Rennes - Bordeaux
19:00 Sochaux - Nancy
21:00 PSG - Valenciennes

Sunday

17:00 Marseille - Auxerre
17:00 Montpellier - Brest
17:00 Nice - Caen
17:00 Toulouse - Lyon
21:00 Saint Etienne - Monaco.

Lens- LorientFC Lorient
  • Les Sang et Or have only won once in their last five games. They sit a worrying six points adrift of safety in 19th, and relegation to Ligue 2 is inevitable.
  • Christian Gourcuff's men have only lost once in seven, but have tasted success once in that run, after going on a unique run of draws.
  • Lens have never kept a clean sheet against Lorient in Ligue 1.
  • All five Ligue 1 encounters in this fixture have ended 1-1.
TEAM NEWS:

Lens

Geoffrey Kondogbia picked up a knock this week, but that news shouldn't trouble Lens in the buildup of this game with Sidi Yaya Keita and Nenad Kovacevic expected to return having sat out for two weeks.

Lorient

Christian Gourcuff has a near-full panel to select from as they make a late push for European football. The only absentees are fringe players such as Franco Sosa and those with long-term injuries. Les Merius are expected to line up in the same way as last weekend.


Lille Lille -  Arles AvignonAC Arles

  • Stuttering Lille have been knocked off top spot in Ligue 1, having not won in three games.
  • Arles Avignon are already relegated, a record seven games before the season ends. Faruk Hadzibegic's side have only tasted success once all season.
  • Arles-Avignon have failed to score in their last five league games
  • Senegalese hitman Moussa Sow alone has scored more goals (21) than the whole Arles-Avignon team (16) this season in Ligue 1.
TEAM NEWS

Lille

Florent Balmont strained a muscle in his thigh and isn't expected back until the Coupe de France final on May 14 in what is the only injury in the les Dogues camp. Moussa Sow could shake off a thigh problem to play some part.

Arles Avignon


Arles still have pretty selection problems, but there has been some good news as Camel Meriem is back training normally after missing out last weekend. Key centre-back Bobo Balde is banned.

Stade Rennais FCStade Rennes - Bordeaux

  • Stade Rennes have seen their title hopes extinguished having lost three on the trot, and they occupy fifth position in the table.
  • Jean Tigana's Bordeaux beat Saint Etienne last week to finally register a win for the first time in six attempts.
  • Les Girondins have prevailed in seven of their last eight league encounters against Rennes in Ligue 1.
  • Bordeaux have drawn each of their last three away league games.
TEAM NEWS

Rennes

Les Rouge et Noir have been dealt a blow with the news that John Verhoek picked up a knock last week and is set to miss out. A number of key players are locked in the treatment room with Kevin Theophile Catherine, Abdoul Camara and Yacine Brahimi all missing out. Striker Victor Hugo Montano is banned.

Bordeaux

Jean Tigana could retain the side he deployed last weekend, with Michael Ciani and Marc Planus again on the bench. Benoit Tremoulinas is still struggling to shake off a problem.

FC SochauxSochaux - Nancy

  • Les Lionceaux are ninth in Ligue 1, having won twice in their last five games they are seemingly safe from relegation.
  • Pablo Correa, who is leaving at the season's end, must first negotiate a relegation battle, as Nancy sit 17th, two points clear of the drop-zone.
  • Sochaux have won just one of their last eight league encounters with Nancy.
  • Nancy have failed to win any of their last four league games.
TEAM NEWS

Sochaux

Yassin Mikari, who has only made six appearances tis season, sits out. No return date set for key defender, Jeremie Brechet to return to action. Additionally, Kevin Anin's season is over and Jacques Faty is a doubt.

Nancy
Benjamin Jeannot is once again doubtful as he struggles to shake off a problem picked up in March on international duty. Good news though as Fouad Rashid has seemingly recovered from a knee injury.

PSGPSG - Valenciennes

  • PSG occupy fourth position in Ligue 1, three points behind Lyon in the final Champions League spot, having been unbeaten in five games.
  • Philippe Montanier's side, who lie 12th, have only tasted defeat once since January, but an overwhelming number of the matches since have ended in draws.
  • Valenciennes have scored in each of their last six away league games,
  • VAFC are unbeaten in their last four trips to the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1.
TEAM NEWS

PSG

Peguy Luyindula is still struggling to shake off an ankle injury which has hampered him for five weeks. Christophe Jallet, whose recent form has been excellent, is another worry.

Valenciennes


Rudy Mater (knee) and Remi Gomis (ankle) are still injury worries for Phillipe Montanier to mull over. However, leading scorer Gregory Pujol and Mamdaou Samassa have shaken off minor knocks and trained ahead of the fixture.

  • French champions Marseille reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1, courtesy of a 4-2 win against Nice in midweek, where Andre Ayew scored a hat-trick.
  • Auxerre have pulled away from the relegation zone in recent weeks, stringing together a five-match unbeaten run.
  • Auxerre have kept the joint-fewest clean sheets (six) in Ligue 1 this season
  • Jean Fernandez's men have lost four of their last five trips to Provence in the league despite winning the most recent one.
TEAM NEWS

Marseille

Stephane Mbia has been ruled out until around mid-May after injuring himself in the Coupe de la Ligue final last week. Cesar Azpilicueta is still out with a long-term knee injury and is uncertain to feature again this season having been out since November.

Auxerre

Benoit Pedretti (groin), defenders Stephane Grichting (thigh) and Jean-Pascal Mignot (thigh) are ruled out of the tie creating a selection headache for Jean Fernandez. Delvin Ndinga and Jeremy Berthod are also out.
  • The beaten Coupe de la Ligue finalists have suffered a late reverse to Lyon in midweek, going down to an injury time winner from Yoann Gourcuff.
  • Brest are now unbeaten in the last three games to move to 11th, three points behind Saturday's opponents.
  • Brest have failed to win any of their last 10 away games in the league
  • Montpellier are unbeaten against Brest in their last eight encounters in all competitions.
TEAM NEWS:

Montpellier


No fresh worries for Rene Girard in the build up to this clash with the suspended Emir Spahic and attacker John Utaka the only key absentees. Abdelhamid El-Kaoutari returns after a ban.

Brest

Alex Dupont's side have been boosted with the news that Yoann Bigne may return for this clash. Omar Daf remains out for the season.

  • Les Aiglons suffered a miserable 4-2 defeat to Marseille, as they sit in 14th, only three points above the drop-zone.
  • Franck Dumas' men are searching of a morale-boosting win, as they are winless in four games, and are two points adrift of safety.
  • Caen have lost their last three away games.
  • Nice's Eric Mouloungui has netted in their last three home agames.
TEAM NEWS

Nice


Les Aiglons have a number of players out, many of them picking up knocks in the midweek defeat at the Stade Velodrome. Alain Cantareil (knee), Emerse Fae (long-term), David Bellion (groin), Didier Digard (thigh), Anthony Mounier (thigh), and Gregory Paisley (hamstring) are out in what is a much-changed side.

Caen

Gregory Proment and Gregory Tafforeau are the only man injury worries for Franck Dumas.

  • Toulouse are on a woeful run of form, having only won once in 10 games to slide to 13th, and three points clear of a congested drop-zone.
  • Lyon secured a last-gasp victory against Montpellier to consolidate third place, but have seen their title charge extinguish in recent matchdays.
  • Lyon have failed to score in their last four trips to Stadium Municipal
  • Toulouse have won none of their last five home games in Ligue 1
TEAM NEWS

Toulouse


Xavier Pentecote is the only new addition on the injury list. Yohann Pele is the only other player to miss out, but Franck Tabanou returns after a ban.

Lyon

The main news from Stade Gerland is that Brazilian winger Michel Bastos looks set to feature after missing six weeks because of knee surgery. Worryingly, Jeremy Toulalan will miss this fixture after twisting a knee in midweek, while Cris is a doubt. Miralem Pjanic has purged a suspension.
  • Les Verts suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux last week and surrended sixth place in the process.
  • Laurent Banide's side have won three out of their last five league games to move to 15th, but still lie a concerning three points above the drop-zone.
  • Monaco have lost their last three trips to St Etienne
  • Saint Etienne have scored in all but one of their home league games this campaign.
TEAM NEWS

Saint Etienne

Yoic Ravet picked up a knock in training last week and sits out, but there are no other significant issues for les Verts.

Monaco

Daniel Niculae has a hip problem which adds to a lengthening injury list which has already consumed the likes of Djimi Traore and Moussa Maazou. Mahamadou Diarra missed out last weekend due to illness, and he should return.

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