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Your Guide to Saturday’s Ligue 1 Action

Saturday: Lorient vs Rennes (16:00 GMT)

Lorient have the chance to overtake rivals Rennes in the table this Saturday as the two teams clash at the Stade du Moustoir. The hosts have been in great form lately, winning four of their last six league games, as well as drawing away at Marseille in their most recent outing.

The same cannot be said about Rennes, though. Since seeing their four match winning streak ended by Lille in mid-September, the visitors have failed to win in their last five, four of which have been losses. That run of results has seen Philippe Montanier’s men drop from second to seventh in the standings and he will be eager to get back to winning ways soon.

Saturday: Gazelec Ajaccio vs Nice (19:00 GMT)

The fixture list doesn’t get any easier for bottom-of-the-table Gazelec Ajaccio as high-flying Nice visit the Stade Ange Casanova this Saturday. The hosts are still searching for their first top-flight victory and are now one point adrift at the foot of the table, having lost their last outing 2-0 away at St Etienne.

Nice, on the other hand, are arguably the hottest team in Europe right now, having won each of their last four league matches in tremendous style, scoring 17 goals in the process. Their form has seen them rocket up to sixth in the standings and they can break into the top four if they claim another victory here this weekend.

Saturday: Angers vs Guingamp (19:00 GMT)

Surprise package Angers will be aiming to continue their good form as they take on Guingamp at the Stade Jean-Bouin this Saturday. It’s safe to say that the newly-promoted club have adapted to life in the top-flight, as they head into this game second in the table, having lost just once so far this campaign. The hosts have won each of their last three league outings and can move to within two points of leaders PSG ahead of the capital club’s game on Sunday.

Guingamp, meanwhile, are in decent form themselves, having lost only one of their last seven. After making a dreadful start to the season, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side have stabilised themselves and could break into the top half with a result here.

Saturday: Montpellier vs Bastia (19:00 GMT)

Two of this season’s struggling sides meet at the Stade de la Mosson this Saturday as Montpellier face off against Bastia. Both sides have made slow starts to the campaign, with the hosts having won just once so far, at home against Lorient in Week 8. Since then, they have lost to Lille and, most recently, held Bordeaux to a goalless draw.

The visitors, meanwhile, have lost six of their last seven league outings, plummeting down the table as a result. A 2-0 defeat against PSG last weekend saw Ghislain Printant’s men hit 15th, although they are still five ahead of this weekend’s opponents.

R.B.

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