Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2016/2017
|24.Nantes - Dijon|
|Nice - Montpel.|
|25.Guingamp - Monaco|
|Lille - Bordeaux|
|Rennes - Lorient|
|Nancy - Toulouse|
|Angers - Bastia|
|26.St.Etienne - Caen|
|Lyon - Metz|
|Marseille - PSG|
Balotelli gets suspended ban for insulting referee
Nice's Mario Balotelli was handed a suspended ban on Thursday for insulting a referee in last weekend's Ligue 1 win over Lorient. The forward will be suspended for Nice's Ligue 1 encounter with Montpellier on Friday, and the Ligue de Football Professionnel said he will receive a ban for an additional game for any further incidents.
Meanwhile, Bastia received a suspended one-point deduction and partial stadium closure for three games following alleged racist abuse aimed at Balotelli during the teams' 1-1 draw on Jan. 20.
Alassane Plea out for the season
Nice's title hopes were dealt a blow last night when it was confirmed that French striker Alassane Plea would miss the rest of the season after undergoing a knee procedure. Plea suffered the injury two Sundays ago in a Ligue 1 encounter with Rennes. With Mario Balotelli suspended, Nice are very thin on attacking options. Anastasios Donis, a loanee from Juventus, and Alexy Bosetti, represent the only senior first team strikers available now.
Boschilia suffers ACL injury
Monaco are set to be without midfielder Gabriel Boschilia for a long spell after the Brazilian suffered a serious knee injury in Saturday's 5-0 win over Metz. Boschilia was stretchered off in the 68th minute after being injured in a challenge with Jonathan Rivierez. The club later confirmed that the 20-year-old had suffered a twisted right knee and had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament. He will undergo surgery in the coming days and is likely to miss the rest of the season.
Pastore ruled out
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore will miss this weekend's Ligue 1 encounter with Dijon after suffering another injury. The midfielder only recently made his comeback after a two-and-a-half-month spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury, featuring for 20 minutes in the 4-0 win over Rennes.
"At the end of training, Pastore felt a muscle problem, and so as a precaution he will not be in the squad," coach Unai Emery stated at a news conference. "He has not played for a long time. There was muscle fatigue. He will work with the physios on Saturday."
Jorge moves to Monaco
Monaco have signed Jorge on a five-year deal that will tie the Brazilian defender to the club until June 2021. After making his debut in futsal with Vasco de Gama, Rio-born Jorge moved to Flamengo, where he came through the academy system. Having made regular appearances for his country at youth level, he was part of the Brazil team that made it to the final of the U20 World Championships in New Zealand in 2015. Jorge made more than 80 appearances for Flamengo, and has one senior international cap for Brazil.
Lille sign El Ghazi
Lille has made its first signing of the January transfer window by bringing Dutch striker Anwar El Ghazi on a 4 1/2-year deal on deadline day. El Ghazi, who can either play in a lone striker's role or wide, joined from Ajax. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed but sports daily L'Equipe said El Ghazi was bought for a fee of €7 million.
Fee agreed for Payet sale
West Ham have confirmed that they have reached a £25million agreement to sell Dimitri Payet back to Marseille. Payet was voted West Ham's player of the season for the 2015/16 campaign for his stunning form, and was voted player of the tournament at Euro 2016 as France reached the final of the competition. Payet also agreed a lucrative new West Ham contract until 2021 at the start of the current campaign. However, the 29-year-old alienated Hammers fans after the winger refused to play for the club earlier in January.
Verratti blow for PSG
Midfielder Marco Verratti will miss Paris Saint-Germain's encounter with Monaco on Sunday after sustaining a calf injury. The Italy international suffered the problem in training on Friday morning, and medical examination confirmed initial fears. Verratti, who has played in four of PSG's five competitive games since the turn of the year, will be sidelined for two weeks. The 24-year-old could miss up to five matches in total, and is scheduled to return only just before the first leg of PSG's Champions League tie with Barcelona on 14 February.
|21.2||Caen - Nancy||1 : 0|
|19.2||Lyon - Dijon||4 : 2|
|19.2||PSG - Toulouse||0 : 0|
|19.2||Bordeaux - Guingamp||3 : 0|
|19.2||Montpel. - St.Etienne||2 : 1|
|18.2||Marseille - Rennes||2 : 0|
|18.2||Metz - Nantes||1 : 1|
|18.2||Caen - Lille||0 : 1|
|18.2||Lorient - Nice||0 : 1|
|18.2||Angers - Nancy||1 : 0|
French Ligue 1 stats
|home wins||52 %|
|away wins||24 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2016/2017
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.