Who has a better calendar in the fight for the Champions League?

Seven days from the end, five teams seem to stand out in the race for the Champions League. Marseille and Rennes are on the favorable ticket, but they face the most difficult schedules unlike Nice and Monaco, quite safe.

Marseille, 2nd (59 points): four games in addition to the Conference League

Two clashes against old enemies (PSG, Lyon), another two against direct competitors (Strasbourg and Rennes), one game against a contender for maintenance (Lorient) and another two against soft-skinned teams (Nantes and Reims). The OM calendar is not simple at the end of the season and it will also depend on how the lead with the Conference League is managed.

D32: moves to Paris
D33: receives Nantes
D34: moves to Reims
D35: receives Lyon
D36: moved to Lorient
D37: moves to Rennes
D38: receives Strasbourg

Rennes, 3rd (56pts): strong to finish

Rennes still have to face three direct competitors (Monaco, Strasbourg, Marseille) in this busy season finale that will conclude in Lille, where qualification for the Champions League slipped out of their hands in 2007. Before this epilogue, those of Bruno Genesio The men will play a Breton derby against Lorient and will travel to the pitch of Nantes, hated rival, three days after the latter’s Coupe de France final. They will also host Saint-Etienne, who are fighting to avoid relegation. There are seven games against any demobilized team.

D32: receives Monaco
D33: moves to Strasbourg
D34: receives Lorient
D35: receives Saint-Etienne
D36: moved to Nantes
D37: receives Marseille
D38: moves to Lille

Strasbourg, 4th (52pts): three peaks to climb

Strasbourg’s Champions League dreams will be put to the test at the end of the season with two clashes against PSG and Marseille and another against Rennes, the exclusion of Julien Stéphan. Racing will also challenge two maintenance candidates (Troyes, Clermont), Brest but also Lille, referee of this Champions League race as Losc will face four of the five competitors.

D32: moves to Troyes
D33: receives Rennes
D34: moves to Lille
D35: receives PSG
D36: moves to Brest
D37: receives Clermont
D38: moves to Marseille

Nice, 5th (51pts): the most favorable calendar?

On paper, Nice presents the most favorable calendar for the candidates with four games against upkeep hopefuls (Lorient, Troyes, Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne) and another against a team with no real ambitions (Reims). The Niçois will only have a big scare during the short trip to Monaco on the 33rd. To this must also be added the reception of Lille, lagging behind in the race for the podium but still in the fight for a European qualification.

D32: receives Lorient
D33: moves to Monaco
D34: receive Troyes
D35: moves to Bordeaux
D36: receives Saint-Etienne
D37: receives Lille
D38: moved to Reims

Monaco, 6th (50pts): fairly clear horizon

The next two days will be turning points for Monaco, facing two direct adversaries: Rennes and Nice. If they are negotiated well, the result can be clear against teams in the middle or lower part of the table during the last five days.

D32: moves to Rennes
D33: receives Nice
D34: moves to Saint-Etienne
D35: receive Angers
D36: moves to Lille
D37: receives Brest
D38: moves to Lens

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