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D1 ELITE – DAY 8 PREVIEW

Invincibility, playoffs, maintenance… The objectives vary according to the teams at the end of the season, and the stakes are numerous over the last 3 days.

In Conference A, the leaders Flash and Black Panthers will try to continue their series, while the Vikings and the Hounds face off in a match of fear. In conference B, the weekend poster between the Grizzlys and the Blue Stars promises to be explosive, and Montpellier is playing its survival in the elite.

The J8 program

Conference A

Black Panthers of Thonon (6-1) vs Spartans of Amiens (3-4)

The mission of the Black Panthers is simple: continue the series of victories and secure second place in Conference A. In full confidence, the men of Larry Legault approach this meeting as favorites, against a team from Amiens that they had enough largely beaten during the 4th day (42-21). But beware, because the Spartans have not said their last word in the race for the playoffs, and they absolutely must win to stay in contact with the Cougars.

In any case, the evening promises to be festive in Thonon because the match will be followed by an event concert. The American group Wig Wam will be honored for a unique concert in collaboration with Guitare en Scène.

Photo by Antoine Buche

Saint-Ouen-l’Aumone Cougars (4-3) vs La Courneuve Flash (7-0)

The road to a perfect season continues for the Flash, which travels to neighboring Saint Ouen l’Aumône this weekend. The Cougars had held up pretty well in the first leg, even if they ended up collecting the average price (44-20 defeat).

For this return match, the Cougars will try to bring down the club of 93 for the first time, with the objective of consolidating a 3th place in Conference A, which would be synonymous with the playoffs. Because if they had the good results by beating the Spartans during the previous day, they remain within sword’s reach of the Picards.

Vikings of Villeneuve d’Ascq (0-7) vs Molosses of Asnières (1-6)

  • Sunday 8 May, at 2 p.m.
  • CREPS Stadium, Wattignies

The game of fear in Conference A, between the bottom two. Still looking for the first league success this season, the Vikings will try to do it in front of their home crowd this Sunday. An eighth defeat for the Villeneuve d’Ascq club would seal the deal and therefore relegation.

Opposite, the Molossians won only one match, it was to go against these same Vikings. They are therefore not immune, and must absolutely win this meeting to avoid a dangerous end to the season.

Conference B

Montpellier Hurricanes (0-7) vs Argonautes Aix-en-Provence (3-1-3)

  • Saturday 7 May, at 8 p.m.
  • Sabathe Stadium, Montpellier

If the Hurricanes want to get out of this, they need to wake up now and finish strong. Because now with 2 victories behind Grenoble, they will be relegated in their next defeat. Worst attack and defense in Conference B, Montpellier must play their best football to hope.

They will face a team from Aix en Provence which is not doing well, and which is on a series of 4 games without a win (3 losses and 1 draw). A chain of results that took the Argos away from 2th place, and which force them to fight with the Bears, even the Centaurs, to grab the last qualifying place for the playoffs.

Catalan Grizzlys (5-2) vs Marseille Blue Stars (7-0)

This is the big poster of this 8th day, between the two best teams of conference B. The first leg, played during the 5th day in Marseille, had moreover been one of the most beautiful and spectacular of the season. The Grizzlys had managed to level with the Blue Stars throughout the game, before a decisive touchdown at the end for the Marseille club. No other team has managed to force the Blue Stars defense like the Catalans.

We therefore expect a new explosive duel this weekend between the two teams. The Grizzlys will be led by their fiery aerial attack, carried by Jacob Purichia, the current championship leader in yards (1,786) and touchdowns (21), and by a dominating receiving duo (Idriss Ramky – Sean Boswell). On the side of the Blue Stars, the offensive game is very balanced and no defense produces more sacks. Fayade Said (8) and Eddy Abdullah (6) occupy the first two places in the ranking in this sector.

Grenoble Centaurs (2-5) vs Toulouse Bears (3-1-3)

Centaurs and Bears will face each other the following weekend, and they will therefore have full knowledge of the other results of the day. In the event of a defeat for the Argonauts in Montpellier and a victory for Grenoble at home, this would completely restart the race for the playoffs…

Better on this second part of the season, the Centaurs remain on a great success in Aix en Provence, which allowed them to give themselves air at the bottom of the classification and to start dreaming of playoffs again with a big end to the season. As for the Toulouse club, the good dynamics of mid-season were somewhat cut off by a heavy defeat in Marseille two weeks ago.

Preview made by Damien Foreau (foot-us.com) for fffa.org

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