Matchday 15 ushered in the World Cup break with a familiar face still topping the League as they have done all season with Paris Saint Germain still reigning supreme in their dominance of the French Ligue 1.
The Top 5 of the current Ligue 1 season of 2022/2023 would certainly come as a shock to many and raise quite a few eyebrows as Paris Saint Germain, RC Lens, Stade Rennais, Olympique De Marseille and New Boys Lorient FC lead proceedings thus far. Paris Saint Germain and RC Lens both share an impeccable form with both teams winning each of their last 5 games in the League as Paris Saint Germain head into the break with a 5 point lead over second placed RC Lens. Stade Rennais themselves are unbeaten in their last 5 games but managed 4 wins and 1 draw to keep tabs with the Top 2 as they are 5 points adrift 2nd place and 10 points off the first place. Olympique Marseille seem to have lost the early season form that saw them keep tabs with Paris Saint Germain for most part of the season but are still 6 points off 2nd place as they chase back to back UCL cameos whilst New Boys and surely Ligue 1 surprise package of the season FC Lorient are currently dealing with a poor run of form that has seen them gain just 3 points from a possible 15 to maintain the 5th spot with 28 points.
The 6th – 10th places would be one to look at we the points seperating accumulate to 9 as it promises to be a fight to finish for both the UCL and UEL spots this season. AS Monaco would be looking to do better than their current form if they want to return to UCL football as their current run of 2 wins in 5 matches is nothing to write home about. LOSC Lille seem to be the team with the best form with a 10 point accumulation in their last 5 games pushing them up higher the table after a terrible start to the season. Olympique Lyonnais have been so far disappointing, despite starting the season well and winning their first few games, they have succumbed to a string of poor results that leaves their hope for an European berth in jeopardy after the heartbreak of last season. OGC Nice and Clermont Foot make the last two spots with OGC Nice having a good run that has seen them without a loss in their last 5 games and Clermont Foot needing to maintain a good run of form if they look to maintain their League status for next season.
Stade De Reims, Toulouse FC and Troyes occupy the 11th, 12th and 13th position as Reims would hope they continue their fine run of form that has seen them win 2 and draw 3 of their last 5 games as they head into the Winter Break with confidence, Toulouse need to up their game if they don’t want to be engrossed in yet another relegation battle this season with the team picking up a lowly 4 points from a possible that includes three consecutive losses with their last win coming on Matchday 10, Troyes have had 3 draws in their last 5 matches and that leaves them just 1 point above the relegation spots, a run they would hope to improve on when the League restarts. HSC Montpellier and Super Cup finalists Nantes FC are currently in a dire situation with the relegation zone closer to them than safety, they would head into the break hoping to do better than their current 14 and 13 point haul in 15 games when the World Cup break finally comes to an end.
The last 5 teams and potential relegation candidates are Stade Brestois 29, AJ Auxerre, AC Ajaccio, RC Strasbourg and SCO Angers who are in a position no one on the League table would want to be on. Brest is level on same points with 15th placed Nantes and 17th placed Auxerre with goal difference being the only difference between the three. Ajaccio are in a bit of form with the team winning and drawing each of their last two games to take them out of the 20th position while Strasbourg chase thier first League win in a long while with their accumulation of 2 points of a possible 15 close to spelling disaster in the long run. Angers are yet to reach double figures for points with the team picking up just 8 points all season and losing every of their last 5 games in the League as they have already been touted to be the first team to be relegated this season, that is unless their fortunes turn around.
The relegation battle in Ligue 1 this season will be the tightest in years as there are four relegation spots in Ligue 1 this season and as many as 12 clubs are in danger of going down with the current standings. French Ligue 1 football resumes 10 days after the World Cup on December 28th.
🖋 – RIDDLER ZLATAN-HARDIZ 👽