L1: Montpellier not a gift for Lille, Paris awaits the truce

    L1: Montpellier not a gift for Lille, Paris awaits the truce

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    Paris (AFP)

    Lille will he celebrate Christmas at the top? The leader of Ligue 1 travels to Montpellier on Wednesday (9 p.m.), 6th and not really a gift. For its part, Paris advances diminished against Strasbourg during this 17th and final day before the winter break.

    – The shock: Montpellier-Lille –

    Perhaps we will not have to wait until December 31 to witness the last fireworks display of the year, between two of L1’s best attacks.

    Even if it remained silent on Sunday against PSG (0-0), the Lille attack scored 28 goals in 16 games (against 35 for PSG and 31 for Lyon).

    The Hérault gunners, 4th best attack (tied with Brest), found the opening 27 times, thanks in particular to the inevitable Andy Delort (7 goals this season, 5th top scorer) and Gaëtan Laborde (5 goals).

    Lille relies on their Turkish duo Burak Yilmaz – Yusuf Yazici, authors of 6 and 5 goals respectively. A pair that should continue to martyr the defenses of L1: “We are not in a situation where there is the need or the will to sell a player”, assured Friday Olivier Létang, new president since the resumption of the club Friday by the Merlyn Partners investment fund.

    – The number: 45 –

    Despite the end of competitions in the spring due to a pandemic, Paris SG played a trifle of 45 matches over the calendar year 2020, which may explain the number of injuries at the club and the players’ need for vacation. Last injured to date, Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa and Allessandro Florenzi, affected at the end of the match against Lille.

    Since the start of the season, PSG have played 22 games, and 27 since leaving confinement in July, not counting friendly matches.

    Enough to make Thomas Tuchel say that too much is too much: “You already know my opinion. We are going to kill the players … We are always allowed to play at 9 o’clock (in the evening). We lack the rhythm to eat, sleep, recover, “he plagued Sunday.

    – The stat: 13 matches without defeat –

    Absent from the European scene this season but back in the foreground in Ligue 1, Lyon has just chained 13 matches without defeat, its best unbeaten streak for 10 years (October 2010 – January 2011) according to statistician Opta.

    OL, still 5th at the end of the 10th day 7 points behind the Parisian leader, made up again to come back up to Lille, which in the meantime took the lead in the standings.

    – The player: Ben Yedder in slow motion –

    Author of an encouraging first part of the season, Wissam Ben Yedder (7 goals) marked time, just like ASM who, after four consecutive victories, suffered three times defeat, before recovering in Dijon (1- 0).

    Best scorer for the Monegasques this season, the former Sevilla striker who is applying for a place in the France team for the next Euro and was affected by the Covid-19 a little over a month ago, has scored only one goal in his last seven matches.

    But he was still a decisive passer for Kevin Volland on Sunday in Dijon. And he will have a catch-up session on Wednesday with the reception of Saint-Etienne (9 p.m.).

    Schedule for the 17th day of Ligue 1:

    Wednesday 23 December

    (19h00) Bordeaux – Reims

    Nimes – Dijon

    Nice – Lorient

    Rennes – Metz

    Lens – Brest

    (21h00) Paris SG – Strasbourg

    Angers – Marseilles

    Monaco – Saint-Etienne

    Montpellier – Lille

    Lyon – Nantes

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