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Ligue 1 round-up: Lille, PSG locked in battle

Ligue 1 round-up: Lille maintain grip on the title as PSG keeps up the pressure

May 3, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The two clubs are still going toe-to-toe for the Ligue title with just four games left to play.

With only four matches left to play in the 2020/2021 Ligue 1 season, only one point separate table-toppers Lille and defending champions Paris Saint-Germain. With each passing matchday the possibility that the title will slip through the hands of the current holders increases with the torchbearers not relenting.Over the weekend, Les Dogues added another win to their remarkable campaign to reinforce their willingness to consolidate their They went over another tough test by beating Nice 2-0 inside the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

On the contrary, PSG defeated Lens 2-1 to stay put behind the leaders while warding off third-placed AS Monaco. The latter were dealt a blow in their championship pursuit after suffering a 3-2 defeat to Olympique Lyon game which concluded with five players being sent off.

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Kylian Mbappe, despite missing the weekend's win over Lens, ranks atop the scoring leaderboard with 25 goals. The Frenchman had his lead reduced to six by Lyon skipper Memphis Depay who netted in his side's 3-2 win over AS Monaco. In the same game, Wissam Ben-Yeddar hit the target for the losers to take his tally for the season to 19 as well.

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Ligue 1: May 7-9, 2021

RC Lens vs Lille OSC: The league-leaders will travel to take on the most in-form side in Ligue 1 as they hope to close in on their title charge. The hosts are looking to consolidate their Europa League status and will aim to spoil the party for Les Dogues.

Stade de Reims vs AS Monaco: Despite losing to Lyon over the weekend, Monaco are still within reach of securing the title should Lille and PSG slip. The third-placed side will travel to Reims who are also looking to break into the top half of the league table.

Rennes vs PSG: Europa League-chasing Rennes will look to spoil the part for Paris Saint-Germain in their bid to catch Lille atop the Ligue 1 table. The latter will go into the clash with the disappointment from their Champions League semi-final failure against Manchester City.

*Keep track of all the activity in the French top-flight by following our dedicated Ligue 1 competition page.

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