It is with a Breton derby (Lorient-Rennes, 9 p.m.) that the 20th day of Ligue 1 will begin on Friday evening, and with it, the return phase of the French Championship. The opportunity to take a look at the first part of the season but also to play Madame Irma by trying to guess the rest. Who will be the winner, who will win the European places, who will be demoted to Ligue 2? The Team consults you.
Halfway through, PSG (47 points) are in the lead with three small lengths over Lens (44), winner of all their matches (10) at home, and five over Marseille (42). Monaco and Rennes (37) follow closely. Then come in 6th, 7th and 8th places Lille (34), Lorient (32) and Clermont (28). These last two teams, respectively 16th and 17th last year, are having an amazing first half of the season.
Who on the podium?
Depending on the winner designated above, everyone is free to designate the dolphins. Will PSG be joined by Lens or Marseille and will occupy 2nd or 3rd place, or even come down from the podium? Otherwise, if the Parisians keep the lead, who will occupy the 2nd or 3rd places? Lens, undefeated at home? Marseille, who is redoing the icing since its elimination in C1? Rennes, just winner of Paris? Monaco, eliminated from the Coupe de France and who will therefore have one less table to play, or Lille who have not lost since the 13th day?
Who will qualify for Europe?
Last year, PSG and its runner-up OM joined the Champions League directly. Monaco failed to do so, losing to PSV Eindhoven in the third qualifying round. Stade Rennais (4th) had joined the Europa League and Nice (5th) the Europa League Conference. This season, PSG and Lens are provisionally qualified in C1 and Marseille, Rennes and Monaco in favorable ballot for the Europa League but would of course prefer to qualify for the Champions League. Behind, Lille, Lorient, Clermont or Lyon can all still claim a place in Europe, in C3 or C4.
Which clubs will go down to Ligue 2?
For the moment, Angers (8 points) appears in unfavorable waivers, 5 points from 19th, Auxerre (13). If Ajaccio (18th) and Brest (17th) are temporarily relegated, few clubs which currently occupy the second part of the table are really safe. For example, there are only 3 points between Troyes (14th, 18 points) and Ajaccio (18th, 15 points). Other clubs like Montpellier or Strasbourg could therefore be worried in the event of a bad second half of the season. The surprising TFC, winner of Ligue 2 last year and promoted this year, currently occupies 12th place and is therefore not among the proposals.