Tuesday 29th November
Dijon 1-1 Monaco
Sammaritano 87′ | Carrillo 17′
Having watched this match live, it’s fair to say I don’t think Monaco will be staying close to the top of the table for much longer. They were pretty much second best in every department, which isn’t what they would expect against a bottom half side.
The only reason that it took Dijon such a long time to score was the fact that they couldn’t create any meaningful chances – in fact they only had 2 shots on target in the entire match!
Thankfully for Monaco, they do have quite a large points cushion (8) on 4th placed Lyon, but they can’t afford many more poor matches like this if they have genuine title hopes.
Lille 4-2 Caen
Eder 13′ Sliti 24′ de Preville 64′ Lopes 65′ | Féret 31′ Rodelin 84′
The most entertaining match on Tuesday sees Lille put in one of their best recent performances to move above Caen and out of the relegation zone. Lille were on top in just about every meaningful stat, and controlled the game from the moment Éder put them a goal ahead early on. They managed to fashion 19 shots in this game, so will be glad to see that they’re getting back to their attacking best.
Slightly more worrying is the fact that Caen only managed 2 shots on target. Which would normally be a good thing, but they did score both of them… Nonetheless, a good win and hopefully something for Lille to build on going forwards.
Lorient 2-1 Stade Rennais
Ciani 28′ Waris 46′ | Sio 32′
A good win for Lorient against high flying Stade Rennais, but they find themselves still stuck to the foot of the table. Lorient were clinical here, scoring 2 goals from 3 shots on target, whilst Stade Rennais could only muster up 1 goal from their 8 shots on target. Were Lorient lucky? Probably, but they will need all the luck they can get if they’re going to survive this season.
Wednesday 30th November
Bastia 1-1 Bordeaux
Bifouma 49′ | Laborde 78′
A surprisingly even game between two teams at opposite ends of the table.
Lets be honest, if Bordeaux want European football next season then these are the sorts of games that they simply need to win. Was it a case they were unlucky today? No. If anything, Bastia looked the more likely side to get the win here, and should be frustated at being unable to hold onto their hard earned lead. For a team with one of the best defensive records in the league (15 conceded in 15 games), you would’ve backed them to see this game out against a relatively low scoring Bordeaux side (20 goals in 15 for a top 5 side isn’t what you’d expect). They didn’t though, so find themselves stuck firmly in a relegation dogfight.
Guingamp 0-1 Nice
Nice carry on in their winning ways as they just about ensure they stay top for a bit longer.
A very even game, with all the stats backing that up – but Nice got the early goal which allowed them to control the game as they wished. They attacked when they wanted to, but were quite happy to take the sting out of the game when Guingamp started to threaten – as shown by having just 29% of their passes going forward (39% for Guingamp). Nice’s superior quality saw them through on this occasion, but it appears that their good run may just be coming to an end.
Nancy 4-0 Metz
Pedretti 38′ Cuffaut 78′ Dia 80′ Ait Bennasser 90+3′
RED CARD: Assou-Ekotto (Metz) 83′
A strong performance from Nancy moves them further away from the relegation zone.
Possession-wise, it was a fairly even game – Nancy only just edged those stats (52% possession, and 24 more passes). But when they got into the forward areas, they really burst into life – peppering the Metz goal with 17 shots in total, whilst Metz could only muster 8 shots. It also seemed like the Metz team weren’t quite at full fitness for some reason, as Nancy became pretty dominant in the last quarter of the game, and added a lot of gloss to the scoreline.
Nantes 0-6 Lyon
Tolisso 16′ Lacazette 39′ Gonalons 41′ Valbuena 60′ Diakhaby 75′ Fekir 81′
A stunning performance by Lyon sees them rising up to 4th after destroying a hapless Nantes side.
Absolute domination by Lyon, as they finally show their true potential in this game. To be honest, it’s not the worst that Nantes have been this season, as they did look okay going forwards and were perhaps unlucky to have not got a consolation goal at some point. Defensively, there’s no other way to put it – a complete shambles! If they can’t sort it out soon, they’ll get relegated for sure.
PSG 2-0 Angers
Silva 34′ Cavani 66′
This match made headlines for all the wrong reasons, with Cavani being booked for celebrating his goal with a tribute to Chapecoense (which is absolutely appalling refereeing).
PSG are beginning to show signs that they’re back to their best – and I would fully back them to be top again before the winter break. Here, it was a simple enough win – Angers just don’t have the quality to pose a real threat to the Parisian outfit. They had enough of the ball to be able to threaten PSG, but froze in attacking areas – 11 of their 14 shots came from outside the area, which won’t be enough to trouble a top side with a good keeper in Areola
Saint-Étienne 0-0 Marseille
I thought this would be a great game. I was wrong.
Marseille were on top throughout, having 63% of the ball and managing 13 shots to Saint-Étienne’s 7, but just never really looked threating enough to warrant a goal. This was just like a defence vs attack training drill, and the players behaved like it was one as well – no real desire to win this game.
Toulouse 1-0 Montpellier
Not a game I’d watch again in a hurry, but a vital 3 points for Toulouse.
This was a very disjointed game, with neither team being all that capable of stringing many passes together (65% accuracy for Toulouse, 71% for Montpellier). Montpellier were very much on top though, with more passes completed to add to their superior passing success rate, but they fell apart up front, with only 2 shots on target all game. In fairness, they kept Toulouse to just 3 shots on target, but they scored.