Ligue 1 is heading into its final week of play as Matchday 38 gets underway on Saturday afternoon. All matches will be played at 3pm ET as it is Decision Day and there are still important places up for grabs. PSG have already clinched the title, but Monaco and Marseille are vying for second place, with Rennes chasing them.
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With three teams still vying for the second and final place in the UEFA Champions League, every point counts in every game this weekend. Monaco, in second place but tied on points with Marseille, will face seventh place Lens. This will not be a problem for either team, as Lens are unbeaten in their last seven matches in a row while Monaco have won their last nine in a row. Both teams are in good form, but Monaco are favored to win at +105 odds while Lens is at +230, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Victory for Monaco will ensure second place and Champions League appearances next season, as long as Marseille do not create a four-goal deficit in the column differential.
Marseille, currently in third place, will be looking for a win over Strasbourg as they hope Lens can beat Monaco at the same time. Strasbourg are unbeaten in their last three matches as they hope to record a win over Marseille and potentially jump into fourth place, depending on how fair Rennes are in their clash against Lille OSC. Rennes have a huge advantage over everyone other than PSG on goal difference, sitting at +42. For Rennes to jump into second place, they will need wins combined with defeats to both Monaco and Marseille.
Lastly, while the bottom three teams will finish in the bottom three, positioning is important as Metz and Saint-Etienne are both battling to claim a relegation playoff spot. They are tied on points, but Metz holds the tiebreak differential with six goals. Unfortunately for Metz, their last game will be against PSG while Saint Etienne will face Nantes. If both teams lose, then Saint-Etienne will be relegated to Ligue 2 next season while Metz will enter the relegation playoffs.
Here’s the complete schedule ahead of matchday 38 this weekend. All times listed are Eastern, and matches can be viewed either on beIN SPORTS, or on the streaming platform beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
Ligue 1 Matchday 38 Schedule
Saturday, May 21
Nantes v. Saint-Etienne, 3 pm
Marseille v. Strasbourg, 3pm
Lille OSC v. Stade Rennes, 3pm
PSG v. Metz, 3 pm
Lens v. AS Monaco, 3pm
Stade de Reims v. Nice, 3 pm
Brest v. Bordeaux, 3pm
Clermont Foot v. Lyon, 3 pm
Lorient v. Troyes, 3 pm
Angers v. Montpellier, 3pm