Paris (AFP)

Badly classified, Strasbourg and Metz face each other in the derby of the East Friday at the opening of the 6th day of Ligue 1, marked by other duels of neighbors, Lens-Lille on Saturday then Nice-Monaco and Angers-Nantes on Sunday, before the Paris SG-Lyon clash at the close.

Strasbourg, slapped last weekend by OL (3-1), and Messins, tamed by Troyes (2-0), without certainty approach this confrontation at the Meinau stadium, where the Garnets hope to finally win their first victory of the season.

Another confrontation between struggling clubs, a duel of old battered glories opposes Saint-Etienne (19th) and Bordeaux (20th) on Saturday evening, two teams also in search of a first success.

Elsewhere, other derbies are on the menu since the Lille champion travels to his neighbor Lensois on Saturday afternoon, after having regained a little optimism with an encouraging performance in the Champions League on Tuesday against Wolfsburg (0-0).

For its part, Nice, in great shape, receives Sunday Monaco, in full doubt, in a derby of the Côte d'Azur scheduled without an audience at the Allianz-Riviera, hit by a disciplinary camera after the incidents of the Nice match -Marseille.

Nice striker Kasper Dolberg Rasmussen during the Ligue 1 match against Nantes at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes on September 12, 2021 Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS AFP / Archives

Bad in L1 with four points and only one victory, Monaco is already playing big with its neighbor from Nice (4th) just after its Europa League match Thursday against Sturm Graz.

And a question arises this weekend: do the French clubs engaged in European Cups risk having left feathers in these continental confrontations?

Some, like PSG and OL, as well as OM and Stade Rennais, face each other, which should in principle place them on an equal footing.

First with 4 points in advance, five wins for zero defeat, Paris Saint-Germain will try to extend its close breakaway on Sunday (8:45 p.m.) with the reception of Lyon, seventh (8 points), in a match that will see - to be the Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trio aligned for the first time on French ground.

Paris's Brazilian striker SG Neymar during the Ligue 1 match between PSG and Reims, at Stade Auguste Delaune stadium in Reims on August 29, 2021 FRANCK FIFE AFP / Archives

The second in the championship, Angers, still undefeated, hopes for its part to bring down a team from Nantes which has already lost three matches in five games (Sunday, 3 p.m.).

At 5:00 p.m. the same day, Marseille, currently on the third step of the podium (10 points) welcomes Rennes, eleventh and opposed this week to Tottenham in the Europa League Conference.

Program for the 6th day of Ligue 1:

Friday:

(9 p.m.) Strasbourg - Metz

Saturday:

(5:00 p.m.) Lens - Lille

(9 p.m.) Saint-Etienne - Bordeaux

Sunday:

(13h00) Nice - Monaco

(3:00 p.m.) Reims - Lorient

Clermont - Brest

Troyes - Montpellier

Angers - Nantes

(5:00 p.m.) Marseille - Rennes

(8:45 p.m.) Paris SG - Lyon

Ranking: Pts JGNP bp bc dif

1. Paris SG 15 5 5 0 0 16 5 11

2. Angers 11 5 3 2 0 9 2 7

3. Marseille 10 4 3 1 0 10 5 5

4. Nice 9 4 3 1 0 10 0 10

5. Lens 9 5 2 3 0 10 7 3

6. Clermont 8 5 2 2 1 9 9 0

7. Lyon 8 5 2 2 1 8 8 0

8. Lorient 8 5 2 2 1 7 7 0

9. Montpellier 7 5 2 1 2 11 9 2

10. Reims 6 5 1 3 1 6 6 0

11. Rennes 5 5 1 2 2 3 6 -3

12. Lille 5 5 1 2 2 7 11 -4

13. Troyes 4 5 1 1 3 5 7 -2

14. Nantes 4 5 1 1 3 3 5 -2

15. Strasbourg 4 5 1 1 3 7 11 -4

16. Monaco 4 5 1 1 3 3 7 -4

17. Metz 3 5 0 3 2 6 10 -4

18. Brest 3 5 0 3 2 6 10 -4

19. Saint-Etienne 3 5 0 3 2 5 9 -4

20. Bordeaux 2 5 0 2 3 5 12 -7

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