Friday 2nd December
Caen 3-3 Dijon
Goals: Santini (24′ 37′), Karamoh (43′) | Lees Melou (26′), Diony (59′), Yahia OG (81′)
Red card: Bouka Moutou (Dijon) 31′
Verdict: A great point for Dijon here as they came from 3-1 down at half time to claim an unlikely 3-3 draw – despite playing nearly an hour with 10 men! Caen were pretty comfortable in the first half, with a degree of control over their opponents – especially once they gained a man advantage. In the second half though, they couldn’t get any more goals to kill the game off and were lucky to end the game with a point as Dijon smashed the bar late on.
Our Man of the Match: Júlio Tavares (Dijon) – The key man in the Dijon comeback, as he got two assists – although he perhaps should’ve finished the job himself when he hit the bar in the 84th minute.
Table Changes: Caen move up a place to 17th, Dijon stay 15th.
Saturday 3rd December
Angers 2-2 Lorient
Goals: Diedhiou (P (26′)), N’Doye (58′) | Marveaux (23′), Waris (66′)
Verdict: A pretty even game gets the correct result, with the sides sharing the spoils – keeping Lorient’s unbeaten run going (3 games now). Angers were physically stronger; dominating the duels statistics whilst Lorient were slightly better with the ball at their feet.
Our Man of the Match: Cheikh N’Doye (Angers) – Not a classic performance by any means, as his passing accuracy was a bit off (64%) but he drove his team forward and was the strongest presence in midfield whilst on the pitch. Also, he took his goal well.
Table Changes: Angers fall one place to 11th, Lorient remain bottom.
Bordeaux 0-1 Lille
Goal: de Préville (44′)
Verdict: A performance that belies both sides positions in the table, with Lille looking much more like the top half side instead of struggling. Possibly their best performance this season, and surprisingly poor by Bordeaux.
Our Man of the Match: Nicolas de Préville (Lille) – The only goalscorer, although he perhaps should have scored another later on. A solid performance from the striker.
Table Changes: Bordeaux fall 2 places to 7th, Lille rise 3 places to 14th.
Metz A-A Lyon
A stupid decision by some of the Metz fans to ruin the game by throwing firecrackers onto the pitch – one of which exploded underneath the Lyon goalkeeper, despite their side having just taken the lead resulted in the game being abandoned with the score at Metz 1-0 Lyon. There are several reports suggesting that due to the behaviour of the Metz fans, the three points will be awarded by default to Lyon. This would result in Lyon reclaiming the 4th place that they had held prior to this matchday.
Guingamp 2-0 Nantes
Goals: Briand (22′), Salibur (63′)
Verdict: A solid victory for high flying Guingamp who were never really threatened by Nantes. They dominated with over 60% of the ball and managed nearly double the number of shots their opponents did (15 to 8). All around, a good job.
Our Man of the Match: Yannis Salibur (Guingamp) – With a goal and an assist, he was the only real candidate for the awatd.
Table Changes: Guingamp rise 2 places to 5th, Nantes remain 19th.
Montpellier 3-0 PSG
Goals: Lasne (42′), Skhiri (48′), Boudebouz (80′)
Verdict: Unai Emery’s PSG side continue to struggle, as Montpellier storm to a fully deserved 3-0 victory. Admittedly it was a weakened PSG side, with the likes of Christopher Nkunku (1st appearance this season) and Grzegorz Krychowiak (7th appearance this season) getting a run out, but the Parisiens still possessed enough quality to see off their opponents. Therefore it’s a poor result for them.
Our Man of the Match: Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier) – An all action performance from the central midfielder as he put PSG to the sword – he contributed with a goal, an assist and the most tackles, dribbles and shots of any player.
Table Changes: Montpellier rise two places to 12th, PSG fall from 2nd to 3rd.
Monaco 5-0 Bastia
Goals: K. Mbappe-Lottin (10′) T. Lemar (66′), Falcao (68′, 73′), G. Carrillo (79′)
Verdict: A solid victory for Monaco, albeit helped by a terrible Bastia performance. Bastia collapsed in the second half, with two errors leading to Monaco goals, and they carried hardly any attacking threat during the game.
Our Man of the Match: Thomas Lemar (Monaco) – no other choice really, two assists and a goal. A real threat throughout, and continually forcing errors from the Bastia side.
Table Changes: Monaco rise a place to 2nd, Bastia fall 2 places to 18th.
Sunday 4th December
Stade Rennais 2-0 Saint-Étienne
Goals: Ntep (54′), Grosicki (90+1′)
Verdict: A disappointing performance by Saint-Étienne, but it was a fully deserved win for Stade Rennais – even if they needed two magical goals to get it (Seriously, you need to watch them if you haven’t). A really good team performance by the hosts, no weak links at all.
Our Man of the Match: Benjamin André (Stade Rennais) – Whilst we could easily pick either goalscorer because of their amazing goals, the MotM prize from us goes to André – he set up the opening goal, and led the team’s press well.
Table Changes: Stade Rennais move up 2 places to 4th, while Saint-Étienne stay 9th.
Nice 3-0 Toulouse
Goals: Pléa (23′), Belhanda (26′), Seri (65′)
Verdict: Nice fully capitalise on the slipup from PSG to continue to show they mean business at the top. Toulouse could have put up more of a fight to be fair, but Nice are on a real roll at the moment and will take some stopping. If only they were playing PSG soon…
Our Man of the Match: Alassane Pléa/Younes Belhanda (Nice) – This one was impossible to choose between these two, who were both thorns in Toulouse’s side throughout. They got a goal each, both of which were as a result of their great runs leaving them one on one with the keeper, and their different finishes were equally as good – Pléa slotting past the keeper despite being slightly off balance, whilst Belhanda beautifully lobbed the keeper from around 30 yards. They were both involved for the third goal as well, with Belhanda scooping the ball over the Toulouse defence to Pléa, who nodded it to Seri to slot home under the goalie.
Table Changes: Nice stretch their lead at the top of the table to 3 points, Toulouse remain 8th.
Marseille 3-0 Nancy
Goals: Thauvin (48′), Gomis (80′), N’Jié (90+2′)
Red Card: Benoit Pedretti (Nancy) 82′
Verdict: It’s difficult to see how Marseille struggle so much when they’re able to put in these sorts of performances. They were thoroughly dominant throughout, albeit without ever really looking like they were able to score a lot past their hapless opponents.
Our Man of the Match: Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – No one stood out all that much, but Thauvin did get a goal and an assist.
Table Changes: Marseille move up a place to 10th, Nancy drop 3 places to 16th