Fantasy Ligue 1 Picks for Week 24

Ligue 1 has busy recently with midweek games meaning that the clubs would have played 3 games in one week. Will fatigue set in? It certainly looks that way for Marseille, who are trying to keep 2nd place. PSG will be champions again but there is plenty of excitement just below them with Champions League and Europa League spots up for grabs. Let’s take a look at the players who could make a difference this weekend.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: Alexandre Oukidja- Metz

Alexandre Oukidja has come out as an unlikely hero for Metz who on form would be 4th in the table. He has only conceded 4 goals in the past month and for a club in the bottom half like Metz that is decent. He has 6 clean sheets so far this season, and this is the best bit, he would cost just 1.5m to bring in.

Defender: Duje Caleta-Car – Marseille

We will look at a few Marseille players to make up our team this weekend as the team in 2nd will play bottom club Toulouse and they are at home. Marseille have conceded just 1 goal in their past five games and are now playing the weakest team.

Defender: Alvaro-Marseille

Alvaro has built up a nice partnership at the back and has been involved in helping to keep 7 clean sheets. It was another keep sweep in Marseille’s last game as they beat Saint Etienne 2-0. Alvaro would cost just 4.5m.

Defender: Hiroki Sakai- Marseille

Sure there is a risk attached because Sakai was on the subs bench for the last game, but he is a great defender and proven himself this season. We are going for so many Marseille players because they are playing Toulouse a side who have scored just 10 goals away from home all season, and Marseille have lost just once at home this season and only conceded 9.

Defender: Malang Sarr- Nice

If anything Nice have kept it tight at the back lately, conceding 4 goals in the past month and are also in good form. Sarr has been important in his role and has been able to keep 3 clean sheets. Nice play Nimes at home and Sarr would cost 5.5m.

Midfielder: Gael Kakuta- Amiens

Gael Kakuta statistically has been Amiens best midfielder and has 15 points so far. He has helped the team keep 4 clean sheets including their last two games and he has scored a goal too, making him an all round player who could be a shrewd investment this weekend. He is valued at 7m and Amiens will be at home to Monaco.

Midfielder: Romain Amalfitano- Dijon

Romain Amalfitano has been a rock in midfield and is a big reason for Dijon’s good form recently. He has been involved in 6 clean sheets and scored and assisted this season. Dijon will be at home to Nantes.

Midfielder: Valentin Rongier- Marseille

Rongier has got 21 points so far this season and been an integral member of the squad. He hasn’t scored any goals as yet but has been involved in 3 assists and has helped in 9 clean sheets. They play Toulouse the bottom club this weekend.

Midfielder: Renato Sanches- Lille

Lille have found some good form and even though they have been poor away this season their form has picked up as they try to finish strongly. Sanches has been in decent form and would cost 7m and Lille will play on Friday night away to Angers who have been struggling lately.

Striker: M’baye Niang- Rennes

Rennes need to win their game and they will be at home where they have been strong and play Brest who have not travelled well this season. Niang may find lots of space and he has 7 goals this season.

Striker: Dimitri Payet- Marseille

One would think that Marseille will be full of goals when they play bottom side Toulouse at the weekend. Payet scored in the clubs last game against Saint Etienne and perhaps has found form? He has scored 7 goals and assisted in a further three and he should be a handful. He would cost a reasonable 7.5m.

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Ligue 1 Player of the Weekend: Valentin Rongier

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One of the best teams in France’s Ligue 1 in the last month has been Nantes- a club that seem to famously struggle season after season. But after the pressure of not getting sucked into a relegation battle together with knowing that they would not be able to secure enough points for European qualification, the shackles have come off the club and they have been simply superb.

On form Nantes would be in 1st place having won their last 5 games and those victories are not just against any clubs. It’s more a roll call of the best teams in the league which include PSG, Lyon and Marseille. Indeed had Nantes started the season in this fashion people would be taking the club seriously on a league challenge and most certainly a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

Valentin Rongier has been a big part of Nantes revival. The midfielder who has played 33 times this season has been a rock in the middle of the field and has scored 4 goals and assisted in 5 others.

At the weekend Nantes beat relegation threatened Dijon 3-0 in a very easy win at home and Rongier scored the 3rd and final goal to seal victory with 10 minutes left. This past weekend Rongier by scoring from midfield and with his club keeping a clean sheet earned 8 points in Ligue 1 Fantasy football which is more than any other player at the weekend.

Those 8 points have put Rongier of 37 points which means he is the 54th best player in the league according to the rankings and the 18th best midfielder in the league. His value is 4.5m.

Rongier scored at the weekend after being set up by Samuel Moutoussamy to slide the ball home. Nantes manager Vahid Halihodzic said: “We created some very good chances in the first half, but unfortunately we didn’t take them. At half-time I told them to keep their pace up but to try and stay organised, because they have one or two boys who can hurt you with individual actions. In the second half, it was almost logical that we scored three goals. The team played at a good level, especially going forward. We were still a bit wasteful. We have to make better choices.”

Nantes could yet break into the top 10 and finish there and they look almost certain to do so if they can keep up their terrific form. They have certainly been the best side led by Rongier for the past month.

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