With the exception of 20th place, nothing is yet mathematically settled in Ligue 2: neither the title, nor the direct rise in L1, nor the tickets for the playoffs, and those for the National … if the multiplex of the 37th day, this Saturday evening (8 p.m.), is of interest.
Troyes to validate the title, Clermont for the direct climb
1. Troyes, 74 points (receives Dunkirk)
2. Clermont, 69 points (receives Sochaux)
3. Toulouse, 65 points, a late match (receives Caen)
Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Ligue 1, Ligue 2 … For years Troyes has accustomed us to make the lift between the two professional divisions of French football. And this season should be no exception. Attractive leaders of the L2, Laurent Batlles’ men only need a small point against Dunkirk to validate their return to the top flight. A victory, and it is the title that would be theirs. The icing on the cake.
Clermont, who has never known the first division in its entire history, can also stamp his ticket for the L1 this Saturday if he beats Sochaux… and Toulouse loses against Caen. The TFC is indeed four lengths, but it also has a game to play against Pau. This is not enough to be master of his destiny, but it allows the Violets to maintain hope.
Grenoble, Paris FC and Auxerre in the battle for the playoffs
4. Grenoble, 61 points (moves to Auxerre)
5. Paris FC, 60 points (moves to Ajaccio)
6. Auxerre, 58 points (receives Grenoble)
Canceled in 2020 due to the health crisis and the frozen standings, the playoffs will make their comeback this spring. As a reminder, the 5th in the regular season in Ligue 2 will face the 4th, then the winner of this match will face the 3rd, before the winner of this second duel plays his climb against the 18th in Ligue 1 in the play-off. In other words: you have to finish in the top five to still dream of promotion.
Troyes, Clermont and Toulouse are already assured of this Top 5, Sochaux (7th) is now too far away, there are three teams left for two places: Grenoble, Paris FC and Auxerre. And this Saturday, the multiplex offers a poster between Auxerrois and Grenoblois. If Auxerre wins, he will pass Grenoble on goal difference, before the final day. A Grenoble which could even be ejected from the first five places if Paris FC will seek a result in Ajaccio – which is never easy.
The people of Isère are therefore under pressure. But they also have the possibility of permanently ousting AJA from the race, to live a much quieter 38th day.
Six more teams threatened by relegation
13. Guingamp, 41 points (receives Châteauroux)
14. Le Havre, 41 points (moves to Valenciennes)
15. Pau, 40 points, one game late (moves to Chambly)
16. Dunkirk, 40 points (moves to Troyes)
17. Niort, 40 points (moves to Amiens)
18. Caen, 38 points (moves to Toulouse)
19. Chambly, 35 points (receives Pau)
The red lantern Châteauroux can no longer catch up with anyone, it remains to assign at the bottom of the table the 19th place synonymous with direct relegation, and the 18th synonymous with a jump-off against a National formation.
Given its unfavorable goal difference, Chambly will still be 19th this Saturday night, no matter what. But if he beats Pau, the Picard club would blow more than ever on the neck of Caen before the last day. Conversely, if he does not reduce the gap with his Norman competitor, relegation will become inevitable.
For 18th place, everything is open. Guingamp will no longer be worried if he dominates Châteauroux, Pau neither if he beats Chambly, and Le Havre – bereaved by the disappearance of Christophe Revault – has the “advantage” of facing a team from Valenciennes (8th) who do not ‘has nothing more to play at the end of the season. A bit like Niort against Amiens (10th). On paper, it is especially for Dunkirk and Caen that the weekend promises to be complicated. But if they want to save themselves, they will have to give everything.