Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2013/2014
|13.Montpel. - St.Etienne|
|14.Rennes - Paris SG|
|Nantes - Toulouse|
|Guingamp - Monaco|
|Ajaccio - Lorient|
|Nice - Sochaux|
|Evian - Reims|
|15.Bordeaux - Valenc.|
|Lille - Bastia|
|Lyon - Marseille|
Falcao still sidelined
Radamel Falcao will not be in the Monaco side for Sunday's game with Ajaccio as he continues to struggle with a thigh injury. The Colombian striker has missed last two league games with the problem but had been expected to make a return this weekend. "Radamel Falcao is continuing his recovery from his thigh muscle niggle," a statement on Monaco's official website read. "Though the situation is improving, he is still experiencing some pain. The club wishes, as a precaution, to not authorise a return to competition until the clincal tests, complementary examinations and on-pitch tests have been normalised."
Fernandez quits as Montpellier coach
Montpellier coach Jean Fernandez has resigned after a seventh straight match without a win. The 59-year-old has taken the step following Wednesday's 2-0 home loss to Lorient, which leaves the club 17th in Ligue 1, five points off the bottom three. Montpellier president Laurent Nicollin says Pascal Baills will act as interim manager until a long-term replacement is found.
Valbuena discolates shoulder
Marseille will be without Mathieu Valbuena until January after the France midfielder dislocated his left shoulder during a 1-0 loss to Lille on Tuesday. The 29-year-old was forced off in the 73rd minute after a collision with defender Simon Kjaer. Valbuena joins striker Andre Ayew on Marseille's injury list.
Andre Ayew to miss two months
Andre Ayew needs surgery on his left knee and will be out for up to eight weeks. The Marseille winger sprained his knee playing for Ghana in the second half of the World Cup playoff second-leg against Egypt on Tuesday. Medical tests revealed that Ayew has a slight tear in his knee.
|1||Paris SG||40||29||12-4-1 (17)|
|8.12||Bordeaux - Lille||1:0|
|8.12||Bastia - Lyon||1:3|
|8.12||Monaco - Ajaccio||1:0|
|8.12||Toulouse - Montpel.||1:1|
|7.12||Paris SG - Sochaux||5:0|
|7.12||Lorient - Rennes||2:0|
|7.12||Valenc. - Guingamp||1:1|
|7.12||Reims - Nice||1:0|
|6.12||Marseille - Nantes||0:1|
|5.12||Lyon - Toulouse||1:1|
French Ligue 1 stats
|home wins||47 %|
|away wins||25 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2013/2014
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.