September, and Ligue 1’s first heavyweight fixture of the season comes into the fore. The Choc des Olympiques has always been a game to note in French football calendars, be it a cup final, a thrilling 5-5 draw (as in 2010), or one of the sides’ players facing his former team.
Lyon, in seventh place and with two league wins to their name so far, host Marseille, who lie second in the table. The narrative this season continues to vary for both sides, still, as while Lyon are outside the top six following an underwhelming start to the season, Les Gones will come into this game on the back of a hard-fought victory at Manchester City in the Champions League.
Marseille, meanwhile, despite an upbeat league start, will travel to Lyon likely to be seething after conceding that late goal in defeat at home to Frankfurt in the Europa League. But both sides have to place focus on league matters come Sunday, as L’OM hope to keep Lyon at arm’s length early on in the race for a top three finish.
While the clash between Lyon and Marseille is concerned about the top part of the table, it’s all eyes on the foot of it when Guingamp play host to Bordeaux. Guingamp lie pointless at the bottom of the table, while Bordeaux are only a place above them.
Elsewhere, Monaco aim to finally get their season up and running as they host Nimes, Lille aim to continue their bright start at home to Nantes, while the clash between Strasbourg and Amiens also concerns the lower reaches of the table.
Champions Paris St. Germain, after suffering Champions League defeat at Liverpool, travel to face Rennes in a bid to keep up their domestic 100% record, Dijon visit Reims, while Montpellier are hosts when Nice come to town.
Lyon v Marseille
Rennes v PSG
Guingamp v Bordeaux
Lille v Nantes
Montpellier v Nice
Monaco v Nimes
Reims v Dijon
Strasbourg v Amiens
St. Etienne v Caen
Angers v Toulouse