Ligue 1 Final Week Has Plenty on the Line for Several Clubs
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The Ligue 1 season comes to a close this week. We have seen PSG claim the title and send David Beckham off in style. Even with the title sewn up, there are still some story lines to keep an eye on.
The race for the final Champions League position has three teams still fighting it out. Lyon currently sits two points ahead of Saint-Etienne for the coveted position.
The Lille versus Saint-Etienne matchup will draw the most interest this week as its outcome has the biggest potential impact on the table.
If Lyon lose or tie against Rennes, a Saint-Etienne win over Lille will see Les Verts move to third. ASSE would return to the highest level of European competition, reaping the rewards of a impressive campaign.
Lille can take third through a somewhat complicated scenario. Firstly, Lille must beat Saint-Etienne, and Lyon must lose to Rennes.
If this happens, and Lille gains two goals in the goal differential on Lyon, the teams will be tied on points and goal difference. The next tie breaker is number of goals scored.
Lyon is currently set at 59 and Lille at 58. If goals scored is also tied, a playoff will be held to determine third place and who gets the Champions League spot.
This can all be rendered unnecessary if Lille gains a net +3 in the goal difference column.
The relegation picture is little more clear cut at the other end of the table. Troyes must win against Valenciennes and have Sochaux lose to Bastia to move out of relegation.
Any result by Sochaux or Troyes failing to win will see Troyes relegated along with Nancy and Brest.
Despite the lack of a dramatic final week with title implications, Ligue 1 will close their 80th anniversary season with several positions hanging in the balance.
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