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Your Guide to Sunday’s Ligue 1 Action

Sunday: Lille vs Monaco (13:00 GMT)

Lille will be aiming to continue their recent good form and put a dent in Monaco’s Champions League hopes as the two sides clash at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Sunday afternoon. The hosts have won four straight league games, their best run of the season, and have given themselves an outside chance of a Europa League spot.

Monaco, though, desperately need the points in their quest to claim second spot and with it, automatic qualification for the Champions League. The visitors were overtaken in the standings by Lyon on Friday, but can move three points clear once again with a win here. They will have to perform a lot better than they did last weekend though, when they lost 2-1 at home to Bordeaux.

Earlier this season, these two sides played out a goalless draw at the Stade Louis II.

Sunday: Nice vs Rennes (16:00 GMT)

Nice need a win against Rennes when the two teams meet at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday to stay in touch with the Champions League qualification positions. The hosts currently sit sixth in the table, five points behind both Lyon and Monaco, so can ill afford any slip-ups during the remainder of the campaign.

Rennes are also in a very similar position, albeit two places and one point better off than this weekend’s opponents. A five game unbeaten run has done the visitor’s chances of claiming a top three finish no harm at all and they can deliver a devastating blow to a rival by claiming all three points from Nice.

Earlier this season, Nice shocked Rennes 4-1 at Roazhon Park.

Sunday: Marseille vs Bordeaux (20:00 GMT)

Struggling Marseille will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes as they take on Bordeaux at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday evening. The hosts have had a shocking season, with last weekend’s defeat to Bastia leaving them 14th in the table, just five points above the relegation zone. Changes are surely to be expected in the summer, but for now, Marseille need to concentrate on ending the season positively.

Bordeaux, too, have had a poor season by their standards. They sit just one place above Marseille in the table, but do head into this match on the back of a victory, a surprise 2-1 win away at Monaco last weekend. With Marseille in such disarray at the moment, Bordeaux boss Ulrich Rame will have his eyes set on a second successive win.

Earlier this season, these two sides drew 1-1 at the Matmut Atlantique.

R.B.

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