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who has the best/worst calendar in the race for the Champions League?

Five teams are in a duel for a place on the podium at the end of the season. PANORAMIC/AFP

With only seven days left to play, the suspense is total between Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg, Nice or Monaco for the race for the podium.

Olympique de Marseille, solid runner-up (2nd, 59 points)

After their victory against Montpellier (2-0), Marseille consolidated their place as PSG runner-up. After experiencing an air gap between the end of February and the beginning of March with two defeats against Clermont (2-0) and Monaco (1-0) and a draw against Troyes (1-1), the Marseillais have relaunched a dynamic positive and have not lost in Ligue 1 for a month. Winner of Nice (2-1) on March 20, OM are clearly in a good period. His calendar will not be easy, however, and the Phocaeans will have to fight to keep their place on the podium with shocks against Paris, Lyon, Rennes or even Strasbourg and a trip to Lorient who plays his skin in Ligue 1.

The OM schedule:

D32: go to Paris

D33: receives Nantes

D34: go to Reims

D35: receives Lyon

D36: go to Lorient

D37: go to Rennes

D38: receives Strasbourg

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Stade Rennais in full swing (3rd, 56 points)

The Rennais are chasing OM at the end of the season and have been impressing for several months now. Second best attack in Ligue 1 behind PSG, Genesio’s men crush everything in their path. Unlike the Marseillais, Rennes no longer has a European Cup to play for this end of the season after being eliminated from the Europa League Conference by Leicester. A significant advantage to stay on the podium and why not try to steal second place from OM. The calendar seems simpler for Rennes with “only” three clashes against Monaco, Strasbourg and Marseille and a derby against Lorient.

The Rennes calendar:

D32: receives Monaco

D33: go to Strasbourg

D34: receives Lorient

D35: receives Saint-Etienne

D36: go to Nantes

D37: receives Marseille

D38: go to Lille

Strasbourg discreet but well placed (4th, 52 points)

Julien Stéphan’s players are making their way. Less publicized and less impressive than their competitors, the Alsatians are nevertheless in a good position to play for the podium. Strasbourg has not lost since January 23 and a defeat against Bordeaux (4-3). Meanwhile, the residents of La Meinau drew against Nice and Lyon and beat Monaco and Lens. The RCSA calendar seems profitable to him with direct confrontations against Rennes and Marseille and matches against lower ranked teams or who have little to play for. A great reward for a team that works well and struggled to stay in Ligue 1 last season.

The Strasbourg calendar:

D32: go to Troyes

D33: receives Rennes

D34: go to Lille

D35: receives Paris

D36: go to Brest

D37: receives Clermont

D38: go to Marseilles

OGC Nice begins to stall (5th, 51 points)

Long well placed and dolphin of PSG, the Niçois have cracked in recent weeks and have seen three teams pass them. Christophe Galtier’s men chained poor results after their 1-0 victory against Paris on the 27th day. Since then, they have drawn against Montpellier and Rennes and lost against Marseille and Lens. Their heavy defeat on Sunday against the Lensois (3-0), with an execrable state of mind must quickly be forgotten. By reviving a good dynamic against Lorient next weekend, the people of Nice can count on a favorable calendar and continue to believe in the podium. The Azureans also have a Coupe de France final to play against Nantes on May 7.

The Nice calendar:

D32: receives Lorient

D33: go to Monaco

D34: receives Troyes

D35: go to Bordeaux

D36: receives Saint-Etienne

D37: receives Lille

D38: go to Reims

Monaco starts from afar but remains in the race (6th, 50 points)

Will AS Monaco have a say in this fight for the podium? If the princely club starts with a delay on its competitors, it remains mathematically still well placed to play the coup. The ASM is only 6 points from the podium but it will be necessary to be solid to find competitors for the most part in the thick of it. Not sure that the change of coach, which came to break the good dynamic set in motion by Kovac, was beneficial. The Monegasques nevertheless benefit from a fairly lenient calendar with two clashes against direct competitors Rennes and Nice over the next two days.

The Monaco calendar:

D32: go to Rennes

D33: receives Nice

D34: go to Saint-Etienne

D35: receives Angers

D36: go to Lille

D37: receives Brest

D38: go to Lens

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