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Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain Show Urgency, Nice Remain Top of League

PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 21: Thomas Meunier of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate his goal with teammattes during the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Lorient at Parc des Princes on december 21, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Week 19 is in the books of the 2016-17 Ligue 1 season, and Lucien Favre’s OGC Nice remain at the top of the table as the season reaches the halfway point. Leonardo Jardim’s AS Monaco continue to give chase, while the biggest margin of victory came from Paris Saint-Germain, who are fighting to keep Unai Emery on the books.

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The week began with a 2-1 win for Rudi Garcia’s Olympique de Marseille over Francois Ciccolini’s SC Bastia at the Stade Armand Cesari. Bafetimbi Gomis (8′) and Clinton Njie (90′ + 1′) scored for Marseille, while Bastia’s lone goal came from Alexander Djiku (83′). A scoreless draw took place at the Matmut Atlantique between Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Girondins de Bordeaux and Nice, which saw red cards issued to Mario Balotelli (90′ + 2′) and Younes Belhanda (90′ + 3′) of Nice.

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Olivier Dall’Oglio’s Dijon FCO shut out Pascal Dupraz’s Toulouse FC’s Stade Gaston Gérard 2-0 with goals from Julio Tavares (50′) and Pierre Lees-Melou (52′). A 1-1 draw took place at the Stade Pierre Mauroy between Patrick Collot’s Lille OSC and Christian Gourcuff’s Stade Rennais FC. Paul-Georges Ntep’s opened the scoring in the 22nd minute for Rennes, while Eder leveled the scores in the 89th minute of play.

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Bruno Genesio’s Olympique Lyonnais also posted a 2-0 scoreline, this time over Stephane Moulin’s Angers SCO at the Parc OL with goals from Alexandre Lacazette (9′) and Nabil Fekir (84′). Meanwhile, at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, Philippe Hinschberger’s FC Metz and Antoine Kombouare’s EA Guingamp played to a 2-2 draw. A Jimmy Briand brace in the 49th and 74th minutes for Guingamp was offset by goals from Opa Nguette (12′) and Gauthier Hein (90′ + 2′).

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At the Stade Louis II, Monaco defeated Patrice Garande’s SM Caen 2-1 on goals from Radamel Falcao (40′) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (76′), while Caen’s lone goal came from Herve Bazile (90′ + 4′). Damien Da Silva was sent off for the visitors in the 51st minute on a second yellow card. A 12th minute conversion from Lima gave Sergio Conceicao’s FC Nantes a 1-0 win over Frederic Hantz’s Montpellier HSC at the Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau.

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Five different goalscorers were on goal for Paris Saint-Germain in a 5-0 rout of Bernard Casoni’s FC Lorient at the Parc des Princes: Thomas Meunier (25′), Zargo Toure for Lorient on a 44th minute own goal, Thiago Silva (50′), Edinson Cavani (63′) and Lucas Moura (70′). Finally, at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Christopher Galtier’s AS Saint-Etienne and Pablo Correa’s AS Nancy Lorraine play to a scoreless draw.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Nice 19 13 5 1 34 13 +21 44 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Monaco 19 13 3 3 56 20 +36 42
3 Paris Saint-Germain 19 12 3 4 38 15 +23 39 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
4 Lyon 18 11 1 6 34 19 +15 34 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round
5 Guingamp 19 8 6 5 25 19 +6 30
6 Marseille 19 8 6 5 22 19 +3 30
7 Rennes 19 8 4 7 20 23 −3 28
8 Saint-Étienne 19 6 8 5 18 16 +2 26
9 Toulouse 19 7 5 7 22 21 +1 26
10 Bordeaux 19 6 7 6 20 26 −6 25
11 Montpellier 19 5 7 7 28 31 −3 22
12 Lille 19 6 3 10 18 25 −7 21
13 Nancy 19 5 6 8 15 23 −8 21
14 Bastia 19 5 5 9 17 23 −6 20
15 Dijon 19 4 7 8 26 29 −3 19
16 Angers 19 5 4 10 15 24 −9 19
17 Nantes 18 5 4 9 12 26 −14 19
18 Metz 18 5 4 9 18 36 −18 19 Qualification to the Relegation play-offs
19 Caen 18 5 3 10 20 32 −12 18 Relegation to Ligue 2
20 Lorient 19 4 3 12 20 38 −18 15
Updated to match(es) played on 21 December 2016. Source: Ligue 1 and Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Fairplay ranking

Week 20 isn’t until the weekend of Jan. 14, 2017, but here are the scoreline predictions for that round in the 2016-17 Ligue 1 season.

Lille OSC 1, AS Saint-Etienne 0
Paris Saint-Germain 5, Stade Rennais 2
Angers SCO 2, Girondins de Bordeaux 0
EA Guingamp 2, FC Lorient 0
Dijon FCO 2, Montpellier HSC 0
SC Bastia 2, AS Nancy Lorraine 0
FC Nantes 2, Toulouse FC 1
OGC Nice 3, FC Metz 0
Olympique Lyonnais 3, SM Caen 0
AS Monaco 4, Olympique de Marseille 0

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