Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2016/2017
|31.Guingamp - Nancy|
|1.Marseille - Dijon|
|Bastia - Lille|
|2.Rennes - Lyon|
|Nantes - Angers|
|Montpel. - Toulouse|
|Lorient - Caen|
|Nice - Bordeaux|
Cyprien out for rest of season
Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien has been ruled out for the rest of the season after being stretchered off with a serious knee injury during Friday's draw with Caen. In a statement on Saturday, Nice confirmed that tests carried out on Cyprien showed he had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. It is a huge blow for Nice, all the more so as it comes so soon after leading scorer Alassane Plea's season was ended recently by a knee injury.
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.
|19.3||PSG - Lyon||2 : 1|
|19.3||Caen - Monaco||0 : 3|
|19.3||Dijon - St.Etienne||0 : 1|
|18.3||Bordeaux - Montpel.||5 : 1|
|18.3||Nantes - Nice||1 : 1|
|18.3||Toulouse - Rennes||0 : 0|
|18.3||Nancy - Lorient||2 : 3|
|18.3||Angers - Guingamp||3 : 0|
|17.3||Lille - Marseille||0 : 0|
|17.3||Metz - Bastia||1 : 0|
French Ligue 1 stats
|home wins||49 %|
|away wins||25 %|
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.