Ligue 1: Lille, PSG and Monaco can win the title going into the final day

All top three teams could still finish at 80 points, if Lille lose to Angers, PSG held to a draw by Brest and Monaco beat Lens.

Lille in a file photo; Credit: Twitter/@LOSC_EN
By Sreejith C R | May 23, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


Ligue 1 is heading into a photo finish as three teams can still win the trophy. Top three teams Lille, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are separated by just three points going into the final match day. Lille are top of the table with 80 points, one and three points ahead of PSG and Monaco respectively. Table toppers will travel to Angers for their final game, while defending champions PSG will go to Brest and Monaco to Lens. Fourth placed Lyon could still overtake Monaco as they host Nice at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Lille sitting on top of the Ligue 1 going into the final weekend, ahead of a star studded PSG team is like a fairytale story. The team coached by Frenchman Christopher Galtier has won four of their previous five league games and haven’t lost an away game since November. They are looking to win their fourth Ligue 1 title and first in a decade. A win against 12th placed Angers will guarantee them the title no matter what happens in the other games. Whereas, a draw or a loss means they will have to depend on other results.

Turkish veteran Burak Yilmaz has been Lille’s top scorer with 15 goals in the league so far. Canadian midfielder Jonathan has provided ample support to the striker with 12 goals and two assists. Central defender Jose Fonte will miss the match because of suspension.

Can PSG retain the title?

French Cup champions PSG will be looking to win a record equaling 10th title when they take on relegation threatened Brest on Sunday, hoping Lille will falter. Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Monaco 2-1  in the mid-week French Cup final to win their 14th Coupe de France. The Qatari funded team has won seven of the previous eight Ligue 1 titles. PSG will need to win their final game and hope Lille falter against Angers to lift a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title.

French international Kylian Mbappe has been the leading goal scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 26 goals. The 22-year-old striker scored one goal and registered an assist in the final of the French Cup. PSG have no new injury concerns ahead of the final game and Neymar might come back into the squad after missing the mid-week final against Monaco.

Can Monaco win shock Ligue 1?

Monaco travel to sixth placed Lens for their final day fixture. Monco are third in the points table with 77 points, mathematically they are still alive in the title race. The 2016-17 champions are just one point ahead of fourth placed Lyon, therefore going into the final day, Niko Kovac’s side have the chance to win the title and also could drop out of European qualification.

Wasim Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland who have scored 20 and 16 goals for Monaco in the league so far, will have the task of taking Monaco through for one last time in the season.

Mathematically, all top three teams could still finish at 80 points, if Lille lose, PSG held to a draw and Monaco beat Lens. In a such a scenario PSG will lift the trophy as they have a very superior goal difference against both Lille and Monaco.



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