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Who will punch European ticket?

Publish on 02/05/2019 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Who will clinch a top-four Ligue 1 Conforama finish and join cup winners Strasbourg and Rennes in Europe next season? That's the burning question with four rounds of season 2018-19 left to play…

First place
Paris Saint-Germain have been Champions of France since Week 33 and thus qualify directly for the UEFA Champions League group stage. The capital club will have occupied top spot on the table from Week 2 right through to Week 38 of the current campaign.

Second place
LOSC have been in second place for 20 weeks of the current campaign, and now have 68 points from 34 matches. Only two other teams have a chance of finishing second this season: Olympique Lyonnais, third with 62 points, and AS Saint-Etienne, fourth with 59 points. Second place also comes with direct UEFA Champions League group stage qualification.

Head-to-head battle
OL-LOSC, Week 35

Third place
Olympique Lyonnais are currently third (62 points), as they have been for half the season so far. Aside from OL, five other teams can finish in third place: LOSC (68), Saint-Etienne (59), Montpellier (54), Marseille (54) and Nice (51). Depending on where the eventual UEFA Europa League winners finish in their domestic league, third place in Ligue 1 Conforama could either mean direct UEFA Champions League group stage qualification or a place in the third qualifying round, which in case of victory would be followed by a play-off to reach the group stage.

Head-to-head battles
OL-LOSC, Week 35
OM-OL, Week 36 
Saint-Etienne-Montpellier, Week 36 
Saint-Etienne-Nice, Week 37 
OM-Montpellier, Week 38 

Fourth place
AS Saint-Etienne are currently fourth on the Ligue 1 Conforama table (59 points), a ranking they have held for 14 weeks off and on. Like les Verts, LOSC (68), Lyon (62), Montpellier (54), Marseille (54), Nice (51) and Reims (49) could finish in this position that affords direct UEFA Europa League group stage qualification.

Head-to-head battles 
OL-LOSC, Week 35 
OM-OL, Week 36 
Saint-Etienne-Montpellier, Week 36 
Saint-Etienne-Nice, Week 37 
OM-Montpellier, Week 38 

Qualified via cups
Racing Club Strasbourg Alsace won the Coupe de la Ligue BKT against En Avant de Guingamp and punched their ticket for the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League season. Strasbourg will begin their campaign in the second qualifying round and will have to make it through the third qualifying round and then a play-off to reach the group stage.
Stade Rennais FC, who beat PSG on penalties to claim the Coupe de France title, qualified directly for UEFA Europa League group stage.