Nantes' surprising surge to fifth has been greatly aided by youth talent, notably that of 19-year-old winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, whose skills and explosive pace have caught the eye of opponents and teammates alike.
Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier still hasn't exercised his long-time wish to meet with Jose Mourinho, but the charismatic Frenchman has morphed in to Ligue 1's very own 'special one', says Matthew Spiro.
Suffering from a groin strain picked up on international duty with Ghana, Marseille forward André Ayew will be missing as Marcelo Bielsa's men look to fend off Paris Saint-Germain with a win at home to Bordeaux on Sunday.
A firm fan favourite at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille captain and 'keeper Steve Mandanda feels that the hard work under coach Marcelo Bielsa is paying off and has high hopes of repeating the club's 2010 title-winning season.
LFP president Frédéric Thiriez has vowed that allegations of match fixing in Ligue 2 last season will be exhaustively investigated as the LFP continues to do its utmost to stamp out corruption, money laundering and match fixing.