Ligue 1 Table 2014: Final Fixtures, European Qualifying and Relegation Scenarios

Phil HaighContributor IMay 15, 2014

Lille's Salomon Kalou, left, and Rennes' Makoun challenge for the ball during their French League one soccer match at the Lille Metropole stadium, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (AP Photo  / Michel Spingler)
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The Ligue 1 season is set for a thrilling climax as both the battles to reach the Champions League and to avoid relegation will go to the final day of the campaign.

PSG have already wrapped up the title in France and Monaco will join them in the Champions League next campaign, having finished second. However, the third spot is up for grabs with either Lille or Saint-Etienne set to be celebrating on Saturday night.

Lille are in the box seat, but if they fail to win at Lorient, then three points for Saint-Etienne against Ajaccio will hand them third place.

The battle at the bottom is even more exciting as 18th placed Sochaux host Evian TG, who are just one place ahead of them in the division. The home side need victory to keep themselves in the Ligue 1, whilst a point for the visitors would be enough.

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There will also be Europa League places up for grabs on the final day. Either Lille or Saint Etienne will be comforted for missing out on the Champions League by a place in the secondary competition. They will be joined by the Coupe de France winners Guingamp, and either Olympique Lyonnais or Marseille.

If Lyon win at Nice, then the final place in the Europa League is theirs, if they fail to, Marseille can usurp them by beating Guingamp. 

Ligue 1 Table After Week 37
Olympique Lyonnais37161011+1158
Olympique Marseille37151210+1257
Evian TG37101116-1541
Ligue 1 Week 38 Fixtures
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETBastiavNantes
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETLorientvLille
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETOlympique MarseillevGuingamp
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETMonacovBordeaux
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETNicevOlympique Lyonnais
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETPSGvMontpellier
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETReimsvRennes
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSaint-EtiennevAjaccio
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSochauxvEvian TG
17 May8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETToulousevValenciennes


Lorient vs. Lille

Needing three points to guarantee their place in the Champions League, Lille would have preferred an easier fixture than this. Lorient have been on a fine run and are without defeat in their last seven, winning the most recent two.

Lille have not been so impressive and have just one win in their last four. They have drawn 11 games this season, and another stalemate this weekend may not be enough for them.


Saint-Etienne vs. Ajaccio

If Lille do fail to beat Lorient, then Saint-Etienne will surely step up to the plate as they take on bottom of the table Ajaccio. With just four wins this season, Ajaccio have been relegated for weeks already and should not pose any threat away from home.

Saint-Etienne have banged in seven goals in their last three games, winning them all. They should have no problem disposing of a team with the worst defensive record in the league this season. 


Sochaux vs. Evian TG

Games do not get much more nervy than this one, as both teams' fate is on the line. It is something of a miracle that Sochaux even have a chance of survival. It has taken four wins and three draws from their last seven fixtures to get them in this position, and they need another win to complete their mission impossible.

With that run of form behind them, they are more than capable of achieving their goal, as they take on an Evian side with just one win in four. There is set to be plenty of twists and turns in this one, but Sochaux are favourites with the bookmakers to survive, per