Ligue 1 22/12/2021: PSG take on Lorient as Nice tackle RC Lens before Christmas
With just one round of fixtures to go until Christmas, it feels like a foregone conclusion at the top of the table. Things are perhaps more interesting in the race for the top four. Anyway, we will look ahead to Lorient v Paris Saint-Germain, and Nice v RC Lens on Wednesday. We will also take a deep dive into the latest match odds.
Paris Saint-Germain threatening to run away with first place after win over Monaco
Paris Saint-Germain have barely put a foot wrong this season. Just one defeat in 18 games has reflected their superiority at the top of the Ligue 1 table. They enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Monaco last weekend, and they appear to be cruising towards the title.
Although it is dangerous to predict when the title may arrive, PSG have already opened up a 13-point gap at the summit. After last season’s disappointment of being pipped to the title by Lille by a single point, PSG are on a mission to wrap things up as quickly as possible.
Uncovering the key stats of PSG’s win over Monaco
PSG produced a typically accomplished display against Monaco last weekend. They are now unbeaten in their last nine Ligue 1 matches, and Kylian Mbappe took his tally to 101 goals for the French giants in this league. At the age of 22, Mbappe also became the youngest player to hit 100 goals in Ligue 1 for PSG.
Paris Saint-Germain learn Champions League fate
The Champions League draw was farcical after it took a couple of attempts to sort out following a technical glitch. Nevertheless, when the balls were released, PSG will face Real Madrid. Had it been the original draw, they would have been facing Manchester United, and for Lionel Messi, that would have represented a mouthwatering clash with arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lorient in grave danger of going down
Lorient could well beat the drop this season. But a run of seven consecutive defeats in France’s top flight would suggest otherwise. It probably couldn’t be a worse time to face PSG, and you expect there will be a huge gulf in class between the two sides.
Nice trying to search for consistency
Although Nice are sitting in fourth, and just two points behind second-placed Marseille, their results have been mixed of late. Nice have only won two of their last six Ligue 1 matches, and they will have been pleased to see off Rennes 2-1 last weekend.
A Kasper Dolberg penalty opened the scoring for the visitors before Youcef Attal doubled Nice’s advantage six minutes after the restart. Although Benjamin Bourigeaud pulled one back just before the hour mark, Nice held on.
Just two places separate Nice and Lens, with the latter in sixth spot. Lens, however, have been in a bit of a rut, taking just three points from a maximum 15 in their past five Ligue 1 outings. They need to go on a bit of a run if they want to be in contention for a top four spot.
Nice v Lens: Unlocking the vault on past clashes
The head-to-head record is often a good measure of how a game might unfold. And judging by recent meetings, matches between Nice and Lens have been quite tight. Last season, Nice won both home and away. On the road, Nice pinched a 1-0 victory.
At home, Nice were 2-1 winners. Although they trailed to a Gael Kakuta penalty, Nice hit back through an Amine Gouiri double to take all three points. There’s not a lot between these two sides, but Nice could emerge victorious once again.
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