The Ligue 1 championship continues with the double constraint of Covid-19 and the African Cup of Nations currently being held in Cameroon, pushing clubs to juggle their workforces.
Second in the standings, Nice will try to keep his place by receiving Nantes Friday at the start of this 21st day. The match is promising since the two teams show a good form. With Montpellier, these are the clubs benefiting from the best dynamics in the league in recent weeks. Nice have won their last three games, the Canaries have had three successes and a draw against Monaco on Sunday.
the PSG cannot say the same despite the distance he was able to put in the standings compared to his pursuers. For a month and a half, the results of the Parisians have not been phenomenal and will have to pull themselves together when they receive Brest, Saturday. Earlier that same day, Saint-Étienne welcomes Lens.
The Marseille-Lille poster at the end of the weekend
Sunday will begin with a reindeer–Bordeaux to the heavy atmosphere: the Bretons, although fourth, remain on three losses in a row in L1 and an elimination in the Coupe de France, while the Bordelais are 17th and have just sidelined their captain Laurent Koscielny, as well as two other players.
Very fit, Montpellier (5th) travels to Strasbourg (8th) on Sunday, which has just won the derby in Metz (2-0) and has won three of its last five matches. Hooked by Nantes (0-0) for the debut of its new coach Philippe Clément, monaco (7th) will be looking for success when receiving the promoted Clermont (15th) Sunday.
Stuck in the middle of the table (11th) and weighed down by four consecutive draws, Lyons will also seek to impose itself on the poorly ranked Troyes. In closing, Marseilles will receive Lille (10th) eager to erase their faux pas in the Coupe de France against Lens. The reigning French champions did not play in the league last weekend, their match against Lorient having been postponed to Wednesday January 19 due to Covid cases on the Breton side.