Statattack Week 35: Sainté on the charge!
Striker Nolan Roux has been powering AS Saint-Etienne's late-season revival; Alexandre Lacazette is making a huge contribution in Lyon's bid for second; and OGC Nice's Valère Germain is having his best top-flight season.
Saint-Etienne's 2-0 win in Lorient on Sunday marked the second occasion on which les Verts have won five in a row in Ligue 1 this season. Christophe Galtier's men have claimed these five wins without conceding a single goal, a first for the club in the course of a single Ligue 1 season.
Nolan Roux's double in Sunday's win constituted the club's 3,599th and 3,600th goals in France's top flight - a total that only Olympique de Marseille top, with 3,785.
The ASSE striker, who has scored seven goals in his last ten Ligue 1 appearances, now has nine for the season, equalling his personal best, first set in season 2011-12 and then reprised in seasons 2013-14 and 2014-15. It is the first time he has reached this total in fewer than 30 matches (26 appearances this season, 18 starts).
The best performances
8: The scorer of Olympique Lyonnais' second goal in the thrilling 3-2 win over Toulouse, Alexandre Lacazette has now proven decisive (scored a goal or provided an assist) in eight consecutive Ligue 1 matches - for the first time in his career.
47: SM Caen, held to a 1-1 draw in Guingamp at the weekend, now have 47 points - their second-best top-flight tally since the introduction of three points for a win. Their record stands at 51 points, collected in season 2007-08.
8: GFC Ajaccio's Mohamed Larbi, who got a goal and an assist in his side's crucial 3-2 Corsican derby win over SC Bastia, scored eight goals in 30 appearances in Ligue 2 last season and now has… eight goals in 30 matches in France's top flight in the current campaign.
12: With Valère Germain bagging his 12th and Hatem Ben Arfa scoring his 17th of the season in Friday night's 2-0 win over Stade de Reims, OGC Nice have two players with at least 12 Ligue 1 goals to their name for the first time since season 1972-73, when Hervé REvelli got 22 and Dick van Dijk bagged 20,
6: Montpellier Hérault SC, 4-1 winners at home to Troyes, have won every Ligue 1 match this season when they have scored in the first 15 minutes (six matches, six wins).
6: Stade Rennais striker Giovanni Sio, who scored in the 1-1 draw at home to AS Monaco, has scored his last six goals for Rennes in the final quarter-hour of Ligue 1 matches.
When he opened the scoring in Friday night's clash with Reims, Valère Germain got his second in as many games and took his season tally to a career-best 12. Along with Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani (ranked fifth with 15 goals), the striker on loan from AS Monaco (seventh with 12 goals) is the only one among the league's 11 top marksmen not to have scored any from the spot.
Germain has scored all 12 of his goals thanks to assists from his teammates. While Hatem Ben Arfa provided his second assist for Germain to open the scoring against Reims, it is Jean Michael Seri (three assists) who has set Germain up the greatest number of times.
The reasons behind Germain's success this season are surely many, but his accuracy is one of the main ones. The 26-year-old has got 59% of his shots on target, the highest such ratio of any Ligue 1 player to have taken at least 18 shots in the current campaign.