who has the best calendar in the fight for the Champions League?

Seven days from the end, five teams seem to be emerging in the race for the Champions League. Marseille and Rennes are on favorable ballot but face the most difficult schedules unlike Nice and Monaco, rather spared.

Marseille, 2nd (59 points): four shocks in addition to the Conference League

Two shocks against old enemies (PSG, Lyon), two others against direct competitors (Strasbourg and Rennes), one match against a contender for maintenance (Lorient) and two others against soft-skinned teams (Nantes and Reims) . OM’s schedule is not easy at the end of the season and will also depend on how to manage the front with the Conference League.

D32: moves to Paris
D33: receives Nantes
D34: moves to Reims
D35: receives Lyon
D36: moves to Lorient
D37: moves to Rennes
D38: receives Strasbourg

Rennes, 3rd (56pts): strong to finish

Rennes still have to face three direct competitors (Monaco, Strasbourg, Marseille) in this busy end to the season which will conclude in Lille, the place where qualification for the Champions League had slipped through their fingers in 2007. Before this epilogue, the Bruno Genesio’s men will play a Breton derby against Lorient and will travel to the field of Nantes, hated rival, three days after the latter’s Coupe de France final. They will also host Saint-Etienne, struggling to avoid relegation. That is seven meetings against no demobilized team.

D32: receives Monaco
D33: moves to Strasbourg
D34: receives Lorient
D35: receives Saint-Etienne
D36: moves to Nantes
D37: receives Marseille
D38: moves to Lille

Strasbourg, 4th (52pts): three peaks to climb

Strasbourg’s Champions League dreams will be put to the test at the end of the season with two shocks against PSG and Marseille and another against Rennes, the former club of Julien Stéphan. Racing will also challenge two candidates for maintenance (Troyes, Clermont), Brest but also Lille, referee of this race for the Champions League since Losc will face four of the five competitors.

D32: moves to Troyes
D33: receives Rennes
D34: moves to Lille
D35: receives PSG
D36: moves to Brest
D37: receives Clermont
D38: moves to Marseille

Nice, 5th (51pts): the most favorable calendar?

On paper, Nice presents the most favorable schedule for the candidates with four games against contenders for maintenance (Lorient, Troyes, Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne) and another against a team with no real ambitions (Reims). The Niçois will have only one big shock during the short trip to Monaco on the 33rd day. To this, we must also add the reception of Lille, left behind in the race for the podium but still in the running for a European qualification.

D32: receives Lorient
D33: moves to Monaco
D34: receives Troyes
D35: moves to Bordeaux
D36: receives Saint-Etienne
D37: receives Lille
D38: moves to Reims

Monaco, 6th (50pts): rather clear horizon

The next two days will be turning points for Monaco, opposed to two direct adversaries: Rennes and Nice. If they are well negotiated, the result could be clear against teams in the middle or at the bottom of the table during the last five days.

D32: moves to Rennes
D33: receives Nice
D34: moves to Saint-Etienne
D35: receives Angers
D36: moves to Lille
D37: receives Brest
D38: moves to Lens

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