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Ligue 1: Lille and Saint-Etienne in the fog, Monaco at the Unicorn

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN – | The joy of Lille, winner of Metz, November 5, 2017 Saint-Symphorien stadium

Attention, dueling ambitious patients: Lille, penultimate Ligue 1, and Saint-Etienne, who has just lost his coach Oscar Garcia, face off Friday opening the 13th day. In the wake, the stage of the Unicorn of Amiens will reopen to receive Monaco.

. For Monaco, Amiens before PSG

The picard stadium had not hosted a football game since the break of a security fence that had 29 wounded on September 30, during the Championship match between Amiens and Lille.

The latter will be replayed on November 20, at the Licorne since the Departmental Security Committee on Wednesday gave a favorable opinion to the reopening to the public of the enclosure, following work undertaken to “strengthen the guardrails of each of the stands “, according to the prefecture.

Before that, the Amiens will receive Friday (8:45 pm) the outgoing champion, Monaco, who must win to stay in the wake of Paris SG, leader with four points ahead.

The two strongholds of French football clash in the Principality on the 14th day, and the men of Leonardo Jardim have no interest in letting PSG slip, which Nantes receives Saturday (17:00).

. Lille, Saint-Etienne, ambitious behind

Despite the pre-season ambitions, these top-of-the-table considerations no longer concern Lille and Saint-Etienne (19h00). The first, who were aiming for the top 5, are penultimate, with one game less, despite their success 3-0 against Metz the previous day, and the prestige of their coach Marcelo Bielsa begins to be severely chipped.

The second, sixth at seven points of the podium (and the great rival Lyon, third), remain on a humiliation against OL at home (5-0 defeat) and have just seen their coach, Spain’s Oscar Garcia.

Garcia’s mission was to forget Christophe Galtier, emblematic coach of the Greens from December 2009 to June.

He stayed only five months in post and leaves Greens in doubt before a series of tricky matches, which will see them move to Bordeaux or Marseille and receive Nantes or Monaco by the winter break. Not easy for Garcia’s replacement, Julien Sablé, director of the training center and former captain of the Greens, who will begin with a first big test in the North.

The program of the 13th day of Ligue 1 football will be played on Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November:

Friday 17th November

(7 pm) Lille – Saint-Etienne

(8:45 pm) Amiens – Monaco

Saturday 18th November

(5 pm) Paris SG – Nantes

(20h00) Dijon – Troyes

Guingamp – Angers

Toulouse – Metz

Strasbourg – Rennes

Sunday 19th November

(3 pm) Caen – Nice

(5 pm) Lyon – Montpellier

(9 pm) Bordeaux – Marseille

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