It’s not hardest guess to assume that Paris Saint-Germain will still be reeling from their Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid. That 2-1 loss in their own backyard on Tuesday, which amounted to a 5-2 aggregate defeat, spelled another early elimination in Europe’s top competition for Le Parisiens, and might just spell the end for Unai Emery.
So it wouldn’t hard to imagine that they’d take some spite and fury into their home game against Metz this weekend, which would be hard enough for the visitors, without even adding the fact that Metz are bottom of the table, and eight points from safety.
Their cause for optimism might be that there probably won’t be a better time to play PSG, still wounded and heavy from the criticism that came with that loss to Real, but, good luck Metz.
Down at the bottom with Metz, are, rather surprisingly, Lille. Despite the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa in the summer, and the talk of a brand new project at the Stade Metropole, things haven’t been at its brightest. Bielsa has since gone, replaced by Christophe Galtier, the summer signings have been a shambles, and Lille face a real threat of relegation.
They host sixth-placed Montpellier this weekend, and they’ll need no telling how much of an importance a win would bring.
Elsewhere, Nantes have dropped to seventh in the standings, after conceding that late equaliser in Marseille last weekend. Their biggest setback has been their home form, though, and they have a chance to put things right when they host Troyes, the team occupying the relegation playoff spot.
Marseille, coming off the back of that impressive Europa League win over Athletic Bilbao, visit Toulouse, high flying Dijon play hosts to Amiens.
Lyon travel to mid-table Caen, Bordeaux have a home game against Angers, and Rennes aim to hold on to fifth place as St. Etienne come to town.
PSG v Metz
Caen v Lyon
Dijon v Amiens
Bordeaux v Angers
Guingamp v Nice
Nantes v Troyes
Lille v Montpellier
Rennes v St. Etienne
Toulouse v Marseille
FT: Strasbourg 1-3 Monaco