Ligue 1 Matchweek 8 Preview

By  Football Pulp - 29 September 2016

Ligue 1 Matchweek 8 will see all rounds of fixtures being played this weekend starting from Friday, September 30, 2016. Stade Rennais will take on EA Guingamp in the opening fixture. With only a point separating the sides, a win is crucial for both. The league leaders, OGC Nice, on the other hand, will take on Lorient, a side struggling at the bottom. Ah! Only an upset can put a full stop to Nice’s unbeaten run, but considering the fine form they are in, it’s almost impossible.

 

 

Also, PSG, the holders will have to level up their game to keep their title chase intact because a loss will put the side lurking behind the other title contenders. Teams like Lyon and Marseille have to lift up their game to keep their European contention alive. They cannot afford to lose points in easy ties. So far so good! The league has been exciting and it’s good to see other teams challenging PSG’s monopoly after 5 very long years.  

Top Fixtures

PSG v Bordeaux

PSG lost three crucial points against Toulouse last week that saw them trailing behind at the 4th spot. Only goal difference separates PSG from Bordeaux and Metz. Bordeaux, however, is chasing European football for so long now, failing at several occasions previously. They do seem confident this season and may achieve the land mark this time around. 

 

 

FC Metz v Monaco

Monaco wants to keep the title chase as close as possible, and as they are only 1 point behind the league leaders. On the other hand, FC Metz is enjoying an impressive start to the season and would love to build upon it big time. A win will be crucial for both sides and will make the top flight battle even more intense.

Teams to Lookout For

AS Saint-Etienne

Saint-Etienne are cruising smoothly with the quietest start of the season, with only one loss and also drawing at three occasions. Still, the team is just 5 points behind the league leaders, Nice, and has a balanced squad that can be vital for a top flight finish and sealing a European spot. 

Player to Make Headlines

Bafetimbi Gomis has joined Marseille from Swansea on a season long loan deal and has made a quick impact on the side with 5 goals in 4 appearances. If Marseille has to achieve something big this season, Gomis is the man to rely on.

 

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