Kylian Mbappé vs Wissam Ben Yedder, Lille worst champion for 20 years?  The "other" challenges of the 38th day of Ligue 1

Kylian Mbappé vs Wissam Ben Yedder, Lille worst champion for 20 years? The “other” challenges of the 38th day of Ligue 1

It is coming to an end. The Ligue 1 series, 2021-2022 edition, ends this Saturday, with the ten matches of the 38th day, played from 9 p.m. The title ? It is all good. But from the fight for Europe to that for maintenance, there is no shortage of reasons to follow the multiplex. Behind these major collective issues, here are others, individual or more symbolic than significant, which will keep us in suspense during the evening.

Mbappé vs Ben Yedder, who will be top scorer?

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We don’t know what’s going through Kylian Mbappé’s head. We would like to know, moreover, to reveal it to you exclusively. But it is possible that the 23-year-old French international is not only thinking about the choice he has to announce, concerning his future. He has a goal under his nose, which his thirst for records cannot hide: to finish top scorer in Ligue 1.

At the top of this ranking for the last three seasons, Mbappé had shared first place in 2019-2020, with Wissam Ben Yedder (18 goals each, at the end of a year truncated by the health crisis). This same Ben Yedder is his main opponent again this year. 25 goals for the PSG striker, 24 for that of Monaco, who remains on a hat-trick.

Saturday during the 38th day, Paris Saint-Germain will face a team from Metz who are fighting for their maintenance, at the Parc des Princes. ASM travels to Lens, in a meeting with high stakes, which will eclipse the individual design of Ben Yedder. But the place of dolphin of the Parisians will perhaps pass, for the men of the Rock, by the success of their captain.

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Mbappé best passer… historical?

The decisive pass is as old as football. But its definition can still be debated. Ligue 1 considers as “official” the classification of the best passers in the championship only since 2007-2008. Over the period, the record in one exercise is held by Angel Di Maria, with 18 offerings, including 16 in the game, in 2015-2016.

This reference mark is at hand, for Kylian Mbappé. The former AS Monaco player, who has broadened his palette with Paris this season, is clearly the leader after 37 days, with 17 assists, ahead of his teammate Lionel Messi (13) and Benjamin Bourigeaud (Rennes, also 13).

Invited one day to pass the 20-20 mark (in goals and assists) by Thierry Henry last Sunday, when he presented his UNFP trophy for best player in Ligue 1, Mbappé had pointed out to his glorious elder that he he still had one meeting to do so from the 2021-2022 opus. The appointment is made at 9 p.m. at the Park.

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LOSC, worst champion for 20 years?

Since Monaco, 11th in the first division in 2001 with the cap of defending champion, the outgoing champion always finishes in the “Top 10” of Ligue 1 (ex-D1). Nantes fell from first to tenth, between 2001 and 2002. Montpellier from first to ninth, between 2012 and 2013. This season, LOSC are on track to sign a performance of this type.

Lille is in tenth position, at the dawn of the final game, tied on points with… Nantes, precisely, 9th. The Mastiffs receive Rennes, the Canaries welcome Saint-Etienne. Note that in 2002, the championship had only eighteen teams. Finishing him 10th was synonymous with second part of the table. This is no longer the case. Not sure that consoles Lille.

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Who will be the boss of small budgets?

Troyes and Clermont are neck and neck. In the financial register, on the one hand, since they have the two smallest budgets in Ligue 1: ESTAC is 19th, with 30 million euros, Clermont Foot 20th, with 20 million euros (source Sportune ). In the sports field, especially, since Troyens and Clermontois are respectively 15th and 16th.

Only one point separates the Aubois and the Auvergnats, assured of remaining in the elite before this 38th day. Troyes moves to Lorient (17th), Clermont receives Lyon (8th), i.e. two teams that don’t have much left to play either… although, the bonuses according to the classification are not negligible for everyone . So, who will be the strongest of the “little ones”? Answer Saturday.

We will also have an eye on…

Angel Di Maria’s farewell to PSG, where he was a major player for seven seasons. Thomas Mangani, Ismael Traore and Roman Thomasof which it should also be the der ‘, with the SCO. Yannick Cahuzac (37, RC Lens), who has announced his retirement and could tread an L1 lawn one last time. The face of OLfor the epilogue of his up and down season. The stands during matches – away – which can send ASSE and the Girondins de Bordeaux to L2, hoping for measured reactions.

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