Statattack Week 33: Ben Arfa firing OGC Nice ahead
Hat-trick hero Hatem Ben Arfa has considerably sharpened OGC Nice's cutting edge; Toulouse's Wissam Ben Yedder just keeps on scoring; and Olympique Lyonnais' brace-bagging youngster Maxwel Cornet is in red-hot form.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Thanks to the former Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique de Marseille and Newcastle United man's career-first hat-trick in the 3-0 hammering of podium rivals Stade Rennais FC on Sunday, OGC now sit in fourth place just two points shy of the top three. With 50 goals so far this season, Nice have notched up the second-highest a goal tally of their last 25 seasons in France's top flight.
In 29 Ligue 1 matches for OGC Nice this season, Hatem Ben Arfa has scored 16 goals - that's as many as he managed in his 127 Ligue 1 appearances for OL (64 matches, seven goals) and OM (63 matches, nine goals).
The France international has been directly involved in 11 (nine goals, two assists) of OGC Nice's 18 goals scored in 2016, including seven of the last 8 (five goals, two assists).
The best performances
4: LOSC Lille, 4-1 winners over Monaco at the weekend, hadn’t scored four goals or more since all the way back on April 7, 2013, when they hammered Lorient 5-0.
14: Toulouse FC's Wissam Ben Yedder, who had an absolute blinder with two goals and two assists in the 4-0 drubbing of SC Bastia, has scored 14 or more Ligue 1 goals for each of the past four seasons.
1st: Following their 2-1 win away to SM Caen on Saturday, FC Lorient now boast two strikers with more than ten goals apiece - Benjamin Moukandjo (12 goals) and Majeed Waris (11 goals) - for the first time in the club's history.
12: In claiming their 12th clean sheet away from home with a 2-0 victory in Guingamp, Paris Saint-Germain equalled their club record of shut-outs on the road in a single Ligue 1 season.
6: Olympique Lyonnais, 2-0 winners in Montpellier, have made a habit of taking points from the Stade de la Mosson, with six wins in their last eight Ligue 1 trips to the south-west.
2nd: Since new coach Frédéric Antonetti took over in Week 15, LOSC (35 points) have collected the most points of any side in Ligue 1 other than champions Paris Saint-Germain (45 points).
The Olympique Lyonnais youth academy graduate was the man of the moment as his side claimed a precious 2-0 win in Montpellier on Friday evening, bagging his first Ligue 1 brace to take his side into second place.
The clinical performance was far from being his first, however, the 19-year-old having scored five goals and provided one assist in his last eight Ligue 1 matches. His fifth and sixth goals of the season, scored in Montpellier, were his first strikes on the road this season, his previous four having been scored at home (one at the Stade de Gerland, three at the Parc OL).
Four of Cornet's six Ligue 1 goals this season have come in the third quarter-hour of the first halves of matches - including his double in Montpellier, which featured strikes in the 34th and 40th minutes.
Cornet's first goal of the evening was the 800th strike of the Ligue 1 season!