Champions League, C3, relegation… the big stakes of the last day of Ligue 1

This Saturday evening (9 p.m.) the multiplex of the 38th day will take place with ten games and several editions on the program. Everything remains to be decided for the Champions League with a three-way battle between Monaco, Marseille and Rennes, as well as for maintenance where ASSE and Metz fight for a play-off place.

The end of the 2021-2022 season is imminent. Nine and a half months after hostilities began, Ligue 1 closes its chapter this Saturday night at the end of the final multiplex where the ten games will be played simultaneously at 9pm. Behind the Paris champions, there are still six teams in the running for European spots that have not yet made a judgment. At the bottom of the table, the last three are known, but not yet the identity of the relegated and the roadblocker.

Monaco, Marseille and Rennes fight for the podium

OM’s defeat at Rennes last week put the Rouge et Noir back in contention for the podium and allowed ASM, who also clinched their ninth straight win, to claim second place for the first time this season. The Monegasques, ahead of Marseille on goal difference, have their destiny in their grasp, while the Marseillais will have to hope for a misstep to regain second place. The Rennais must hope that two will move directly into the next Champions League. As a reminder, the third-place finisher only gives a ticket for the 3rd preliminary round of the competition.

Monaco Second if:

– He has a better result in Lens than OM against Strasbourg.

– He loses, OM too, but without a win for Rennes and keeps his best goal difference over OM (+26 vs +21).

OM second if:

– He has a better result against Strasbourg than Monaco in Lens.

– They get the same result as Monaco and equalize their goal difference (+21 to +25), on the condition that Rennes avoids a win in Lille in case of defeat.

Rennes second if:

– He wins in Lille while Monaco and OM lose to Strasbourg and Lens.


2- Monaco: 68 points (+25) (Qualifying place for the group stage of the Champions League)

3- Marseille: 68 points (+21) (Qualifying place for the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League)

4- Rennes: 65 points (+42) (qualified for Europa League group stage)

Several contenders for fourth place

To go straight into the group stage of the next Europa League with FC Nantes, winners of the Coupe de France, fourth in the championship could well be behind Rennes, who must not reverse Lille. Strasbourg and Nice need wins to hope for the top four, although either could find solace in the Conference League.

Strasbourg fourth if:

– He wins in Marseille and Rennes loses in Lille.

Nice fourth if:

– He wins in Reims, Rennes loses in Lille and Strasbourg doesn’t win in Marseille.

– He wins, Strasbourg too, equalizes on goal difference and Rennes loses.

Classification :

4- Rennes: 65 points (+42) (qualified for Europa League group stage)

5- Strasbourg: 63 points (+21) (qualifier for the playoffs in the group stage of the Conference League)

6- Nice: 63 points (+15)

Lens still in the running for the C4

Fifth place in Ligue 1, qualifying for the Conference League play-offs, is still within reach for RC Lens, who narrowly missed out on the European Cup last season. The Sang et Or are doomed to beat an impressive Monegasque side as they hope 15 years later hooks from Strasbourg and Nice find their continental neighbors.

lens fifth if:

– He wins against Monaco while Strasbourg and Nice lose to Marseille and Reims.

– He wins, Strasbourg and Nice draw and makes up his goal difference (+14 to +15 and +21).

Classification :

5- Strasbourg: 63 points (+21) (qualifier for the playoffs in the group stage of the Conference League)

6- Nice: 63 points (+15)

7- Lens: 61 points (+14)

Saint-Étienne and Metz are aiming for 18th place

Tension is at its peak for maintenance. With the season closing 90 minutes, the Greens and Grenats are level on points, struggling to avoid relegation and secure a play-off spot against AJ Auxerre. FC Metz has a better goal difference but moves to the Parc des Princes, while the Stéphanois go to La Beaujoire to face an a priori more accessible opponent.

Behind them, the relegation of the Girondins de Bordeaux is not yet official, but there is no longer any doubt. Held in check by Lorient last Saturday, the Bordeaux are now three points behind ASSE and Metz but also have a largely unfavorable goal difference. Only a win combined with losses from their competitors, all with high scores, would offer them the true success of a play-off spot.

Metz is relegated if:

– He scores worse in Paris than Saint-Étienne in Nantes or the same by being passed on goal difference (-29 vs -35).

– He loses, Saint-Étienne too and Bordeaux wins by equalizing their goal difference (41 vs -29 and -35).

Saint-Étienne is relegated if:

– He scores better in Nantes than Metz in Paris or the same without catching up on goal difference -35 vs -29).

– He loses, so does Metz and Bordeaux wins by equalizing their goal difference (-41 vs. -35).

Bordeaux is relegated if:

– He doesn’t win in Brest.

– Metz and Saint-Étienne do not lose against Paris and Nantes.

– He wins, while Metz and Saint-Étienne lose without equalizing his goal difference (-41 versus -29 and -35).

Classification :

18- Metz: 31 points (-29) (play-off place)

19- Saint-Étienne: 31 points (-35)

20- Bordeaux: 28 points (-41)

The program for the 38th day:

Angers Montpellier

Brest Bordeaux


Lens Monaco

Lille – Rennes

Lorient Troyes

Marseille – Strasbourg

Nantes-Saint Etienne

Rheims – Nice

Paris SG-Metz

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