Lyon receives Paris this Saturday during the shock at the top of the 16th day of the season in the women’s first division. Leader of the championship, PSG could sign a big blow in the title race against Fenottes, determined to regain the lead of the championship and confirm their national supremacy.
Even stronger than the duel between Marcelo Bielsa and Thomas Tuchel this Saturday in the Premier League, even more intense than the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham (Sunday at 5.30 p.m. on RMC Sport 1) and with even more at stake than the shock between Monaco and Lille in Ligue 1: the match not to be missed this weekend is the poster of the first women’s division in OL and PSG, this Saturday at 9 p.m. Like their male counterparts in Ligue 1, Lyonnaises and Parisiennes are engaged in a duel for the title in women’s D1.
A final for the title
Just qualified for the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League after their victory against the Danes of Brondby (1-3), OL receives PSG this Saturday (9 p.m.) during the shock of the 16th day of the first division. Second in the standings before this meeting, the Fenottes of Jean-Luc Vasseur are just a point behind the Ile-de-France women trained by Olivier Echouafni. It’s simple, this duel opposes the two best teams in the French championship.
Beaten in the first leg (1-0) on a goal from Marie-Antoinette Katoto, the Lyonnaises hope to take their revenge and climb to first place in the standings. Conversely, the Parisians want to keep their meager advantage and remain undefeated (fourteen wins and one draw) this season in D1 Arkema.
“I think it’s a kind of final, launched the Belgian Janice Cayman after the victory of the Lyonnaise against Brondby. Today, we worked for and we also made a little turn. Now, it’s recovery for be ready for the shock of Saturday. We must see this match as a final but the finals, we like to play them. And I hope we like to win them. “
Lyon would move away from their first title in 15 years
A victory for PSG this Saturday would put a big blow to Lyon’s ambitions in the title race. Above all, the supremacy of the Rhone over French football would find itself more than ever in danger. Titled during the last fourteen seasons, OL would move away from the title for the first time in 15 years and the coronation of Juvisy (now Paris FC) in 2006.
After failing three points behind Lyon in 2020, five in 2019 and eight in 2018, PSG have never seemed so close to the title as this season. In case of victory this Saturday, Paris would take four steps ahead of the team dear to President Aulas and even offer a wild card in the last six days.
An advance which, barring a huge surprise, could offer the capital club its first French league title, while Paris will still have to negotiate a trap match in Montpellier and OL will have to be wary of its trip to Bordeaux, third of the standings, on the 21st day. This Saturday duel between Parisiennes and Fenottes could therefore constitute a turning point in the history of the women’s D1.
The best French players face to face
Failing to see the France team try to win an Olympic medal this summer in Tokyo, the best internationals will face each other during this clash between Lyon and Paris. Just back from injury, Amandine Henry will be present against PSG. Ditto for her teammates and Les Bleues stars: Wendy Renard, Delphine Cascarino, Sakina Karchaoui or Amel Majri.
PSG is not left out and can count on several players accustomed to shine under the orders of Corinne Deacon. In defense, Perle Morroni will have to block his partners in the selection when the slaughter of Grace Geyoro could still do wonders in the middle. Finally, the Baltimore-Diani-Katoto trio hope to undermine the defense of OL.
And all this without counting the host of international stars such as Dzsenifer Marozsan, Saki Kumagai, Christiane Endler, Nadia Nadim, Irène Paredes, Ramona Bachmann and the American phenomenon Catarina Macario.
Goals in shambles, an orgy of spectacle
The last duel between PSG and OL ended with a fairly closed match and a small, but oh so important, Parisian victory. This does not prevent the two rivals from shining offensively this season.
In 15 games, Paris scored 61 goals, an average of around four goals per game. With 52 goals scored (for an average of 3.5 / game), the Fenottes are not to be outdone. In the absence of messy goals, the matches between Paris and Lyon often give rise to intense duels and spectacular fights.
Still deprived of Ada Hegerberg, victim of a stress fracture in the left tibia in September, OL will rely in particular on Nikita Parris (11 goals in D1 this season). The 27-year-old Englishwoman will thus want to win her duel from a distance with the Habs Marie-Antoinette Katoto, second top scorer in the first division with 17 goals (behind the Bordelaise Khadija Shaw, 19 goals). Offensive efficiency will be one of the major elements of this D1 Arkema poster.
“It is up to us to be strong because it will have to be. And above all, it will be necessary to be precise and efficient, again summarized the Lyon coach Jean-Luc Vasseur after the European victory in Brondby. Here is a bit of the data of the Saturday night’s game. It’s a final and we love to play them. In general, that succeeds us. We have to tell ourselves that it will be a final, for us at Groupama Stadium, so we are delighted. ” OL-PSG, it’s Saturday night from 9 p.m., and it’s clearly a match not to be missed. We will have warned you.