Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2017/2018


PSG 17.3.18
PSG without Pastore and Motta

Paris Saint-Germain will be without Javier Pastore and Thiago Motta in addition to Neymar when they take on Nice at Allianz Riviera on Sunday. Pastore, who has struggled to stay free of injury all season, has stayed in Paris to train as he battles with persistent calf issues, and Motta is suspended after a straight red card in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Angers at Parc des Princes.

Marseille 9.3.18
Thauvin did not break ankle, Garcia confirms

Rudi Garcia does not believe the injury suffered by Marseille winger Florian Thauvin against Athletic Bilbao is serious. Thauvin was carried from the field on a stretcher during Thursday's 3-1 Europa League victory, prompting fears the winger had broken his ankle. "Thauvin received a big bruise, but nothing is broken," Garcia said. "We'll wait till tomorrow for more information."

PSG 7.3.18
Cavani to miss Metz match

Edinson Cavani will miss Paris Saint-Germain's match against Metz at the Parc des Princes on Saturday. The Ligue 1 top scorer received an automatic suspension after picking up a third yellow card in the space of ten matches in the win over Marseille. The Uruguayan is averaging a goal every 86 minutes this season, and one every 76 minutes at the Parc des Princes. Meanwhile, Metz will be without the suspended Georges Mandjeck and Julian Palmieri.

Lyon 7.3.18
Fekir ruled out of Moscow trip

Lyon will be without injured captain Nabil Fekir for their UEFA Europa League match at CSKA Moscow on Thursday. Despite taking part in the final training session, the playmaker was not included in coach Bruno Genesio's 20-man squad for the trip to Moascow. Fekir, the team's co-top scorer in Ligue 1 with 16 goals, is not yet sufficiently recovered from a knee injury sustained in a clash with Saint-Etienne.

PSG 3.3.18
Neymar undergoes successful surgery

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Neymar's operation was a success, after the Brazilian underwent surgery for a fracture of his fifth metatarsal. "The operation, conducted by doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, was successful," a statement read. "The operation consisted of the laying of a screw associated with a transplant fixed at the level of the lesion of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot. Neymar's injury will be assessed in six weeks' time to establish a possible date for his return to training."

PSG 1.3.18
Neymar out for up to 3 months, says surgeon

Neymar could face up to three months on the sidelines after the Paris Saint-Germain forward undergoes surgery on his broken foot, Brazil's national team doctor has confirmed. Despite head coach Unai Emery initially appearing resistant to the idea, the Ligue 1 leaders confirmed on Wednesday that Neymar would need an operation.

"It was a small fissure, a major fracture of a bone in the middle of the foot, and the operation will be on Saturday morning in Belo Horizonte," Dr Lasmar said. "We do not have the right time, but it will certainly be that day. It's two and a half months, three months of recovery. After surgery we will have more details about this time."

PSG 1.3.18
Emery hopeful over Mbappe injury

Kylian Mbappe sustained an ankle injury during a Coupe de France quarter-final win against Marseille, but Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery hopes the problem is not serious. PSG have already been dealt a severe blow to their hopes of overturning a two-goal deficit against Real Madrid in the Champions League due to Neymar's injury.

"He got a blow to his ankle," Emery told reporters. "He asked not to play in the second half and I hope it's not very important."

PSG 1.3.18
Neymar to undergo surgery in Brazil

Paris Saint-Germain's forward Neymar will undergo surgery this week in Brazil. The PSG and Brazilian national squad physicians have made this decision, according to the PSG official website. The 26-year-old footballer will be operated on by Brazil national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, who will be accompanied by PSG medical specialist Gerard Saillant. Neymar suffered a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot as well as a twisted ankle late in PSG's 3-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

1PSG837427-2-2 (31)
2Monaco664220-6-4 (30)
3Marseille592417-8-5 (30)
4Lyon572616-9-5 (30)
5Rennes45313-6-11 (30)
6Nantes44012-8-10 (30)
7Montpel.4239-15-6 (30)
8Nice42-312-6-12 (30)
9St.Etienne39-1110-9-11 (30)
10Dijon38-1410-8-12 (30)
11Bordeaux37-610-7-13 (30)
12Angers35-68-11-12 (31)
13Caen35-1410-5-15 (30)
14Guingamp35-159-8-13 (30)
15Strasb.32-198-8-14 (30)
16Amiens31-98-7-15 (30)
17Toulouse30-127-9-14 (30)
18Troyes29-158-5-17 (30)
19Lille28-197-7-16 (30)
20Metz21-295-6-19 (30)

Last results

18.3Marseille - Lyon2 : 3
18.3Nice - PSG1 : 2
18.3Metz - Nantes1 : 1
18.3St.Etienne - Guingamp2 : 0
17.3Bordeaux - Rennes0 : 2
17.3Montpel. - Dijon2 : 2
17.3Toulouse - Strasb.2 : 2
17.3Angers - Caen3 : 0
17.3Amiens - Troyes1 : 1
16.3Monaco - Lille2 : 1

French Ligue 1 stats

home wins46 %
draws25 %
away wins29 %

League format : Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2017/2018

The French first division (Ligue 1) is made up of twenty professional football clubs with the same number playing in the French second division (Ligue 2). The Ligue 1 teams meet twice a season, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents. Each win is 3 points, each draw 1 point and each loss gets no points. After completing a 38-round schedule, the club with the highest number of points is the champion. As in most European football leagues, in the event that two teams have the same number of total points, the team with the greater goal difference (overall goals scored minus overall goals conceded) ranks higher than the other.

With a draw in the points and the same goal difference, the team which has scored the higher number of goals will finish higher. If a ranking is still not possible, they are separated by head to head result. The French first division champion and the runners-up are directly qualified for the group phase of the Champions League, while the third placed team play the third qualifying round of Europe's top football competition. The bottom three clubs are relegated directly, while the top three of the French second division are promoted.

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