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With an intriguing Ligue 1 season set to draw to a close, we look at the players we believe could make an impact on the final round of games.
Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 63 points
Lopes has had a strong season over the 2017/18 campaign and he will be disappointed to have conceded three last time out.
The French-born Portuguese keeper will be hoping to add to a haul of 14 clean sheets across the campaign as his side target second place.
Kamil Glik, Monaco – 60 points
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Alphonse Areola, PSG – 93 point
The academy product has grown into a key member of the PSG squad, having spend time on loan at the likes of Villarreal.
With 15 clean sheets already registered, could he be an outsider for the World Cup?
Kamil Glik, Monaco – 52 points
Glik has secured an impressive 11 clean sheets this season for a Monaco side that have hit a rich vein of form and face Guingamp on the weekend.
The Polish centre back has been a stalwart of the Monaco team since his arrival at the club and will be a pivotal player in their upcoming tie.
Joris Gnagnon, Rennes – 39 points
Gnagnon has kept nine clean sheets this campaign, as well as bagging a couple in the process.
His fifth placed side face Nantes this weekend as they pursue European football.
Presnel Kimpembe, PSG – 48 points
The Paris Saint-Germain academy player has continued to grow in stature for his side over 2017/18, becoming a regular performer for the super club.
Having secured 12 clean sheets for the champions-elect, the French centre back will be keen to add to that tally as his side travel to Saint-Etienne for some Friday football.
With his side traveling to Bordeaux, he will be hoping to add another as his side close in on the title.
Angel Di Maria, PSG – 83 points
The Argentine midfielder will be hoping for a big end of the season as the World Cup approaches and will be hoping to make an impact against a Bordeaux team that have won their last two matches.
With 11 goals and seven assists, the weekend’s game won’t be guaranteed but he’ll be a favourite to make a difference.
Florian Thauvin, Marseille – 108 points
The Frenchman’s exceptional campaign continues, with him now the highest scoring player in Ligue 1 – a formidable accomplishment.
With Marseille travelling to Lille, he will likely be confident of claiming a few more this weekend.
Nabil Fekir, Lyon – 80 points
Fekir has been the star of the campaign and will be hoping he can build upon his 16 goals in 2017/18.
He will likely look back at 2017/18 as a season that couldn’t have gone much better in a personal capacity in spite of his side’s shortcomings.
Marcos Lopes, Monaco – 83 points
Up against Guingamp, Lopes will be hoping to deliver the form that has seen him deliver 13 goals this season.
With a successful campaign under his belt, Lopes is finally showing he can fulfil the promise he showed at Manchester City.
Radamel Falcao, Monaco – 77 points
Falcao’s excellent season shows remains in the top bracket of world strikers.
With 18 goals this season, the iconic Columbian will be hoping to add to his tally.
Valere Germain, Marseille – 34 points
The former Monaco man’s side ace a struggling Lille and the 28-year-old will be keen to add to his eleven goals and five assists.
With Thauvin alongside him, the striker will be rightfully confident of achieving this.
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With plenty still to play for as we hit the Ligue 1 run in, here are the players we tip to make a splash in the 33rd round of action.
Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 51 points
The French-born Portuguese international sees his name in our picks for the weekend for the third consecutive week as his side face an inconsistent Amiens.
With 12 clean sheets to his name, Lopes could well be in line for some additional points come the weekend.
Joris Gnagnon, Rennes – 40 points
The Rennes academy product has been a valuable member of the Rennes defence in what has been an impressive campaign for the side.
With nine clean sheets to his name, the 21-year-old may well be a target for some of the league’s established top clubs come the summer. Continue reading
Take a look at the players we tip to make an impact on their side’s fortunes as some fresh Ligue 1 action kicks off this weekend!
Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 44 points
The Portuguese international sees his name in our picks for the weekend for the second consecutive week having secured a clean sheet last time out.
With his side playing strugglers Metz this time around, Lopez will be hoping to add to his haul of 11 once again.
Djibril Sidibe, Monaco 36 points
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The absence of PSG in the weeks fixture list means there are plenty of opportunities for the stars from the rest of the league to shine this weekend. Here are our picks for the upcoming games.
Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 37 points
Having been at Lyon for 18 years, Lopes is something of a legendary figure at the club nowadays.
The French-born Portuguese keeper will be hoping to add to a haul of ten clean sheets across the campaign as they take on strugglers Toulouse.
Adil Rami, Marseille – 54 points Continue reading