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Saturday Preview: Survival, a Breton derby and more!

Saturday Preview: Survival, a Breton derby and more!

Publish on 05/04 at 02:00 - E. DEVIN


Ahead of a busy round of Ligue 1 Uber Eats action on Saturday, we break down each of the four matches and what's at stake

Ligue 1 Uber Eats continues Matchday 32 with four matches across Saturday. While the stakes for each are different, all promise to be exciting, with each side still hoping to improve or solidify its position in the table.

AC Le Havre vs. RC Strasbourg (1400 UK/9 ET):

The day starts with an important match for two sides who have struggled for consistency this season, but can be dangerous in key moments, as the hosts showed in battling champions Paris Saint-Germain to a three-all draw. Level on points with Metz and outside of the relegation playoff spot on goal difference, the hosts have far more at stake than Patrick Vieira's men, who will mathematically finish above the bottom two, but can avoid the playoff with a point here. After a draw with Nice last weekend in which they seemed to lose focus, Vieira will want more from his players, even against the Normandy side, who are fighting for their top-flight lives.



AS Monaco vs. Clermont Foot (1600 UK/11 ET):

Like Strasbourg, Monaco have all but mathematically reached their goal of a place in next year's UEFA Champions League, entering the match seven points and goal difference ahead of OGC Nice in fifth, but in a bitter fight with Brest and Lille for a place in the top three that would see the Principality side avoid the qualifying rounds. Clermont Foot are bottom, but as they showed in a 4-1 win over Stade de Reims last weekend, they remain a dangerous opponent on their day. The visitors will be without the suspended Elbasan Rashani -- the Kosovan scored a brace in that match -- but Les Monégasques' absentee list has also grown as Denis Zakaria's season is over through injury.

FC Metz vs. Stade Rennais (1800 UK/1 ET):

FC Metz will surely be watching the first two matches closely, as Les Grenats look to climb out of the relegation playoff spot at home to a Rennes side who have looked ropy at the back in recent times, losing four of five in the process. Both teams have dangerous options in attack with George Mikautadze a phenomenon since returning from Ajax on loan, and the visitors having a raft of options up front in the form of Amine Gouiri, Martin Terrier and Arnaud Kalimuendo. Despite their places in the table, the hosts may feel they have a chance here, adding further drama to the relegation battle.

Stade Brestois 29 vs FC Nantes (2000 UK/3 ET):

The day's final match sees Brest engaged in another Breton derby. After seeing off Rennes last weekend in dramatic fashion, Éric Roy's side will aim to keep their place in the top three against another local rival. Nantes battled hard for a point against Montpellier last weekend, drawing one-all thanks to the in-form Matthis Abline. Not yet assured of their safety, they will surely be at the races as they look to secure their safety and dent their rivals' Champions League dream.

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