Your Guide to Saturday’s Ligue 1 Action

Lyon vs Rennes (16:00 GMT)

Lyon will be hoping to hit their stride as they welcome Rennes to the Stade de Gerland on Saturday afternoon. The hosts haven’t made the most convincing start to the new campaign after losing to PSG in the Trophee des Champions and being held to a goalless draw by Lorient in their league opener. They did, however, beat Guingamp 1-0 last weekend, a result which manager Hubert Fournier will hope they can now build on.

Rennes, meanwhile, head into this match on the back of a 1-0 home victory against Montpellier, thanks to Kamil Grosicki’s strike in the dying stages of the game. A trip to Lyon is always a tough task, but given the host’s current form, manager Philippe Montanier will be quietly confident that his side can take something from this one.

Toulouse vs Monaco (19:00 GMT)

Toulouse will be hoping for a better performance this week as Monaco visit the Stadium Municipal. The hosts opened the campaign with a brilliant win at home to St Etienne, but were unable to build on that result as they slipped to a 1-0 loss away at Caen last weekend.

Monaco, meanwhile, were frustratingly held to a goalless draw at home to Lille in their last outing. Whilst a point against Lille isn’t the worst result in the world for Leonardo Jardim’s men, with a clash against champions PSG coming up next weekend, Monaco can ill afford to take anything less than all three points from this match.

Nantes vs Reims (19:00 GMT)

Nantes take on Reims at the Stade de la Beaujoire this Saturday in a clash between two teams unbeaten in the league so far. The home side started their campaign with victory over Guingamp, although they were held to a goalless draw by newly-promoted Angers last weekend.

Reims, however, have recorded two massive victories already. Wins over Bordeaux and, most recently, Marseille have left Olivier Guegan’s side second in the early league standings. The visitors will therefore head into this match full of confidence and with the intention of extending their 100% record into a third week.

Gazelec Ajaccio vs Angers (19:00 GMT)

Gazelec Ajaccio and Angers meet at the Stade Ange Casanova in a clash between two newly-promoted teams. The hosts, who are playing their first ever home top flight match, have one point from their two Ligue 1 games so far. They opened their campaign with a goalless draw against Troyes and lost 2-0 away to champions PSG last weekend.

Angers, however, have adapted to life in the top division a bit better, as they head into this match unbeaten in the league so far. The visitors followed up an opening weekend win over Montpellier by holding Nantes to a goalless draw.

Nice vs Caen (19:00 GMT)

Nice will be aiming for their first victory of the season as high-flying Caen visit the Allianz Riviera this Saturday. The hosts started the campaign with a 2-1 loss to Monaco, whilst they contested an entertaining 3-3 draw with Troyes last weekend.

Caen will be far from easy opponents though, with Patrice Garande’s men boasting a 100% record so far this season. The visitors have recorded consecutive 1-0 victories over Marseille and Toulouse, leaving them third in the table, and will be confident of making it three wins from three this weekend.

Bastia vs Guingamp (19:00 GMT)

Bastia host pointless Guingamp at the Stade Armand Cesari on Saturday evening, with the hosts looking to take advantage of their opponent’s poor form. Manager Ghislain Printant has seen his team beat Rennes and draw with Lorient so far this campaign, as they aim to inflict more misery on struggling Guingamp.

The visitors have suffered consecutive 1-0 defeats in their opening two league fixtures, losing both away at Nantes and at home to Lyon. Jocelyn Gourvennec knows his side can ill afford to allow their poor run of results continue further into the season and will be desperate to halt his side’s losing streak this weekend.


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