Check Out The Odds For A Top Three Finish In Ligue 1 As The Campaign Enters Its Final Stage


Check Out The Odds For A Top Three Finish In Ligue 1 As The Campaign Enters Its Final Stage

Even though PSG are doing a really good job of delaying the inevitable, they should mathematically secure the Ligue 1 title with a win on Sunday as they face 16th placed Monaco. Paris are sitting pretty with a 17 point gap on Lille who are also in a favourable position with an eight point cushion over 3rd placed Lyon.

Bar any major muck-ups it’s pretty much understood that PSG will win the league with Lille just behind them. The final Champions League spot that goes to the team who finish 3rd is not as clear though as Marseille and Saint-Étienne find themselves within five points of 3rd placed Lyon with six games to go. Let’s take a look at each team and what their chances are of finishing in that coveted 3rd place.

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Olympique Lyonnais: 3rd with 56 Points

The latter stages of Lyon’s season have really been dominated by the story of manager Bruno Génésio and the recent news that his contract will not be extended beyond its expiry in the summer. Fans have been rather restless over the Frenchman’s performances this season with them not progressing on last year’s 3rd place finish and not really threatening on any front in terms of domestic competition.

Even though some will be happy with Génésio not being in the dugout next year, the effect it is currently having on the team could be detrimental to whether they qualify for the Champions League or not. They are currently leading the race over Marseille and Étienne but there is still a lot of trepidation, recent results haven’t exactly eased the nerves.

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The last time Lyon lost three games in a row was January 2017… well that was up until April 2019 as Génésio’s side have recently put in some horrible performances, seeing them lose to three teams currently in the bottom eleven. Their most recent result was a 2-1 defeat in Nantes but it didn’t quite top the match prior as they lost 3-1 to 18th placed Dijon. What makes the Dijon game even worse was the fact that Lyon were the home team where they are usually very strong. 

It may be Génésio’s final contribution as manager but it would very much put him down as a modern great of the club after his 19 years as both a coach and a player if he could get the club into the Champions League. Lyon have an okay run-in with four teams in the bottom ten still to face. There are some crunch matches coming up though as they face Lille and Marseille who are also chasing 3rd place – more on them later.