Angers 0-2 Nantes
Gillet (18′), Harit (48′)
Review: A strong victory from Nantes to ensure that their new manager still has a 100% record since he took over. They played well on the counter, but had been using a nice passing style during the first half which got them their first goal. All in all, encouraging signs.
Our MotM: Guillaume Gillet – The Belgium international had a hand in both goals – converting the first and winning the ball back to make the second possible – as well as completing a game-high 93 per cent of his passes.
Table Changes: Angers drop 3 places to 15th, Nantes stay 19th
Guingamp 2-1 PSG
Salibur (66′), De Pauw (70′) | Cavani (80′)
Review: Another poor result for PSG really cranks up the pressure on Unai Emery, with his side 7 points behind leaders Nice with one more game left until the winter break. Despite having the ball for most of the game (73.5% possession), they were once again let down by Areola – as the goalie let in both shots he faced to ensure PSG had too big a task to get back into the game.
Our MotM: Marco Veratti (PSG) – The young Italian controlled the midfield for PSG with nearly 12% of possession by him alone, albeit he was unable to prevent a Guingamp win.
Table Changes: Guingamp move up a place to 5th, PSG stay 3rd
Stade Rennais 1-2 Bastia
Sio (71′) | Crivelli (59′), Danic (63′)
Review: Stade Rennais are just beginning to show signs of losing their way in the top half – as they allow lowly Bastia to take all three points in a fairly even game. It was a case of the home side not doing enough with their possession to warrant getting anything from the game.
Our MotM: Enzo Crivelli (Bastia) – A goal and an assist. Not much more to say.
Table Changes: Stade Rennais fall 2 places to 7th, Bastia rise by 4 places to 12th
Lorient 2-1 Saint-Étienne
Philippoteaux (39′), Cabot (90′) | Moulin (10′), Pajot (90+2′)
Review: An early red card for Saint-Étienne’s second choice goalkeeper allowed Lorient to get a good win and temporarily move off of the bottom of the table (due to the postponement of the Caen-Metz game). But, the main highlight of the game was the performance of the man of the match, Anthony Maisonnial.
Our MotM: Anthony Maisonnial (Saint-Étienne) – An absolutely superb performance from the young keeper, on his Ligue 1 debut no less! He made 7 saves as Lorient took advantage of their extra man, and kept Saint-Étienne in with a chance throughout. One to watch.
Table Changes: Lorient stay bottom, Saint-Étienne fall down 1 place to 9th
Toulouse 1-1 Nancy
Julien (85′) | Ait Bennasser (33′)
Review: It wasn’t a good game – there were only 15 shots between the two teams, only 6 of which were on target. If I had to pick a team who deserved to win it, then I think Toulouse edged it slightly, but they refused to shoot when they approached the Nancy goal – 5 shots all game at home is appalling for a top-half side.
Our MotM: Christopher Julien (Toulouse) – Strong at the back and dominant in the air, Julien kept his side in it for long enough to get up the other end and score.
Table Changes: Toulouse drop a place to 8th, Nancy remain 14th.
Montpellier 4-0 Bordeaux
Lasne (13′), Sessegnon (20′), Mounie (84′), Sylla (90+2′) | Menez (38′)
Review: One of those results that really shows that possession isn’t everything – Bordeaux had nearly 60% of the ball, and still lost 4-0! Montpellier did manage a whopping 22 shots, so were probably deserving of the win – but not by such a large margin.
Our MotM: Paul Lasne (Montpellier) – An all-action performance on the wing, with a goal and assist – as well as hitting the woodwork.
Table Changes: Montpellier climb 2 places to 11th, Bordeaux stay 10th.
Caen 3-0 Metz
Karamoh (20′), Santini (61′), Sane (90+3′) | Bisevac (57′)
Review: Having seen this game be postponed on Saturday, Caen came out the next day to put in one of their best performances all season to climb out of the relegation zone. Metz were hapless throughout, and are just beginning to sail dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Our MotM: Yann Karamoh (Caen) – A goal and an assist, and a strong presence in midfield throughout.
Table Changes: Caen rise 2 places to 16th, Metz fall 2 places to 17th
Nice 2-1 Dijon
Balotelli (32′ (P), 50′) | Tavares (37′ (P)), Varrault (88′)
Review: With results elsewhere going in their favour, a decent Nice performance ensures that they will be top when Ligue 1 stops for the winter break. It was unlikely that Dijon would pose too many problems, as they set up with 5 at the back – and still managed more shots than Nice! Nice can do better, but they continue to win where their rivals keep slipping up!
Our MotM: Mario Balotelli (Nice) – Balotelli’s third double of the season took him to eight goals in as many Ligue 1 appearances. His incredible strike average is a goal every 77 minutes – some difference to his days at Liverpool!
Table Changes: Nice stay top, Dijon slip down a place to 18th.
Marseille 2-0 Lille
Gomis (56′), Thauvin (61′)
Review: A strong performance from Marseille sees them finally beginning to fulfil their potential, although Lille didn’t give them the easiest of rides, matching them in most departments – except scoring!
Our MotM: Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – A strong showing from the winger here, as he tormented the Lille defence all game and definitely was deserving of his goal.
Table Changes: Marseille rise 3 places to 6th, Lille drop 2 places to 13th.
Monaco 1-3 Lyon
Mendy (39′), Bakayoko (70′) | Ghezzal (29′), Valbuena (65′), Lacazette (87′)
Review: A clinical Lyon performance sees them close the gap to the top 3 with this great win away to Monaco – fully deserved, if slightly helped by Benjamin Mendy’s red card in the first half. It could’ve been a bigger margin of victory, but Lacazette missed his penalty at 0-1.
Our MotM: Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon) – It could’ve been either him or Ghezzal, but it goes to Valbuena for scoring in the 4th game in a row (as well as getting an assist)
Table Changes: Monaco stay 2nd, Lyon remain 4th
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