Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2016/2017
|18.Nantes - Caen|
|20.Bastia - Nice|
|21.Nantes - PSG|
|Bordeaux - Toulouse|
|Guingamp - Rennes|
|Metz - Montpel.|
|Caen - Nancy|
|Dijon - Lille|
|22.Monaco - Lorient|
|St.Etienne - Angers|
|Lyon - Marseille|
PSG send Ikone to Montpellier
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed Jonathan Ikone has joined fellow Ligue 1 club Montpellier on loan until the end of the season. Since signing his first professional contract last June, the 18-year-old midfielder has played seven games for PSG and was one of the best players in a League Cup quarterfinal win against Metz last month. Ikone won the under-17 European Championship with France in 2015.
United and Lyon agree Depay fee
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sell Memphis Depay to French side Lyon for a fee that could reach around €25m. The 22-year-old Netherlands forward joined United from PSV Eindhoven for a reported fee of 28.8m in June 2015, but a frustrating first season at Old Trafford was compounded by a disappointing second campaign. Depay has made just one start in all competitions under Jose Mourinho.
Oniangue joins Bastia
Wolves midfielder Prince Oniangue has joined Bastia on loan until the end of the season. The Congo captain moved to Molineux from Reims last August for an undisclosed fee. But the 28-year-old has only made 11 first-team appearances and none since a 1-0 defeat at Brighton in mid-October when he was substituted at half-time.
Balotelli banned for two games
Mario Balotelli has been suspended for two matches after being sent off in Nice's Ligue 1 game at Bordeaux. The Italian striker was shown a straight red card in the 91st minute of the 0-0 draw on December 21, during the final round of games before French football's mid-season break.
The 26-year-old was joined in seeing red by team-mate Younes Belhanda, who received his marching orders four minutes later. The injured Moroccan, who would in any case be unfit to play, will formally sit out one game, while Balotelli is due to miss both the Coupe de France tie away against Lorient on Sunday and the resumption of the Ligue 1 season at home against relegation-threatened Metz.
Draxler to join PSG
Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Julian Draxler is set to join Paris St-Germain on a four-year contract in a deal reportedly worth up to €47m. The 23-year-old joined Wolfsburg from their Bundesliga rivals Schalke in August 2015 to replace Kevin De Bruyne, but he never really settled at the Volkswagen-backed club. Draxler scored five goals in 34 league games for Wolfsburg. Altogether he has 23 goals in 153 Bundesliga games, and three in 27 games for Germany.
Belhanda suffers toe injury
Younes Belhanda is set to miss Morocco's campaign at January's Africa Cup of Nations. The 26-year-old midfielder has been ruled out for between four and six weeks with a fractured toe. Belhanda was sent off in the dying seconds of Nice's goalless draw at Bordeaux, but he also suffered the injury on Wednesday. His absence might mean a call-up for Ajax Amsterdam's Hakim Ziyech, who was surprisingly left out of Morocco's preliminary squad.
Di Maria, Ben Arfa out for PSG
Forwards Angel Di Maria and Hatem Ben Arfa will miss Wednesday's Ligue 1 match against Lorient. Di Maria must continue receiving treatment, Paris Saint-Germain said on their website, without divulging the nature of the winger's injury, while Ben Arfa is still recovering from a rib problem. The crisis-stricken French champions go into the last match before the Ligue 1 winter break seven points behind leaders Nice as their hopes of a fifth straight title have faltered during the first half of the campaign.
|15.1||Marseille - Monaco||1 : 4|
|15.1||Nice - Metz||0 : 0|
|15.1||Caen - Lyon||3 : 2|
|14.1||Rennes - PSG||0 : 1|
|14.1||Montpel. - Dijon||1 : 1|
|14.1||Toulouse - Nantes||0 : 1|
|14.1||Nancy - Bastia||1 : 0|
|14.1||Lorient - Guingamp||3 : 1|
|14.1||Angers - Bordeaux||1 : 1|
|13.1||Lille - St.Etienne||1 : 1|
French Ligue 1 stats
|home wins||52 %|
|away wins||23 %|
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.