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Heating down in the French Ligue 1 and the German Bundesliga

There will be absolutely no good excuse to miss out on these matches. Cancel plans (if you have any) and don’t be the odd one. You are better than that.

This Weekend’s Top Fixtures.

There is a lot going down in Ligue 1. (Emphasis on ‘down’).

The final day of the 2016/17 Ligue 1 and no team has been officially relegated. The teams at the bottom of the standings are going into the final day of the season with all to play for.  

Five teams are in the relegation battle: Nancy, Bastia, Lorient, Caen, and Dijon.

And this is how they sit …

Rank TEAM Matches Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
16 Dijon 37 8 12 17 46 58 −12 36
17 Caen 37 10 6 21 34 63 −29 36
18 Lorient 37 10 5 22 43 69 −26 35
19 Bastia 37 8 10 19 29 53 −24 34
20 Nancy 37 8 8 21 26 51 −25 32

 

Nancy – Saint-Etienne (French Ligue 1)

May 20, 2017

Nancy is fighting for a chance to finish in the relegation play-off position in the league standings. Failure to get a victory at home against Saint-Etienne will guarantee a bottom of the table finish for Nancy and a quick return to French Ligue 2 after a season in the top-flight.

 

Marseille – Bastia (French Ligue 1)

May 20, 2017

Bastia will need to come up with an away victory against Marseille and hope that Lorient and Caen fail to secure victories in their respective fixtures.

A victory for Bastia in conjunction with Lorient’s inability to secure the maximum points in their match against Bordeaux will get Bastia to the relegation play-off spot. And with Caen’s defeat, Bastia will secure safety in Ligue 1.

A draw for Caen will require Bastia to make up a 5+ goal difference to be safe.

 

Lorient – Bordeaux (French Ligue 1)

May 20, 2017

Lorient currently sits safely in the relegation play-off spot. The least they can do is keep their position. A Bastia defeat will ensure Lorient remains in their place.

Getting a victory against Bordeaux in conjunction with a defeat for Caen and/or Dijon will ensure secure safety for Lorient.

 

Paris Saint-Germain  –  Caen (French Ligue 1)

May 20, 2017

Caen is just outside the red-zone and in need of a shocking victory away to the mighty PSG to guarantee safety. The hope for Caen is that Bastia and Lorient fail to secure victories in their respective matches on the final day.

 

Toulouse – Dijon (French Ligue 1)

May 20, 2017

Dijon and Caen go to the final match of the season with identical objectives. Secure a victory and/or hope that Lorient and Bastia don’t get the right result from the final match of the season.

 

And in the German Bundesliga …

 

Hamburger SV – Wolfsburg (German Bundesliga)

May 20, 2017

The relegation play-off spot remains open in the German Bundesliga for either Hamburger SV or Wolfsburg to fill it.

A home victory for Hamburger SV is the only option that will see them avoid filling the relegation play-off spot on the final day of the season.

Wolfsburg has the luxury of playing for a draw in this fixture but we don’t think the home fans will make it easy for them if they decide to sit back.

 

 

There is a bit of top end action that should interest you as well.

Juventus – Crotone (Italian Serie A)

May 21, 2017

From Crotone’s position in the league standings and Juventus record at home, the result of this fixture should only go in the direction of a Juventus victory.

With a game to go in the season, Juventus needs a victory to take the league title for the sixth consecutive season. To most fans this should have been done a couple of matches ago.  

 

Arsenal – Everton (Premier League)

May 21, 2017

There isn’t much on the line for Everton in the final match of the season, but Arsenal can not afford a repeat of the result against Everton in the first league meeting of the season.

Everton is a formidable side with one of the league’s top scorers on their side; Romelu Lukaku.

A victory in this fixture is Arsenal’s foundation to get a top four finish on the final day of the season.

 

Malaga – Real Madrid (Spanish La Liga)

May 21, 2017

Avoiding a defeat to Malaga will make Real Madrid the 2016/17 Spanish La Liga champions.  This is an easy task for Madrid if we are to look at their record this season.

 

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