The trip to the Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps to play Auxerre this Sunday is massively important for not only the hosts but also PSG. At this point in the season there’s still so much to play for as PSG need the three points to close in on yet another Ligue 1 title whereas Auxerre desperately need the three points to open up a gap between them and the relegation zone.
Auxerre currently sit 16th in Ligue 1 on 34 points with eight wins, ten draws and 17 losses this season. They trail Brest and Strasbourg by four points but the more perilous gap is below them. Nantes occupy 17th and sit on 33 points, just a point behind Auxerre. Behind them is a larger gap of ten points but a win against PSG could be vital in their bid for survival, especially as Nantes play 12th-place Montpellier instead this weekend.
In their last five Ligue 1 games, Auxerre have one win, two draws and two losses. Their singular win came importantly against Nantes. An early penalty from Jubal and a goal from Nuno da Costa gave Auxerre a big 2 - 1 win over their relegation rivals. From there Auxerre managed to nick a shock 1 - 1 draw with Lille with a M’Baye Niang penalty in the second half and another 1 - 1 draw this time with Clermont Foot. The two losses came against third-place Marseille, where despite taking the lead, Auxerre suffered a 2 - 1 loss, then last time out Auxerre slumped to a 1 - 0 loss to Brest.
Thanks to their 26 wins, three draws and six losses, PSG currently occupy the top spot in Ligue 1. However, the top is a lot closer than maybe The Parisians expected. PSG sit on 81 points, with second-place Lens on 75 points and third-place Marseille on 73 points. With there only being a six-point gap, the title could still be mathematically won by someone other than PSG, however, this would rely on a collapse from the defending champions. If The Parisians win this weekend and both Lens and Marseille lose they can be crowned champions.
The last five Ligue 1 games have ended in four wins and one loss. The loss came against the grain against ninth-place Lorient, where PSG lost Achraf Hakimi early on after he was shown red in the 20th minute and lost 3 - 1. Despite that loss PSG have been in dominant form. The Parisians dismissed a 10-man Lens 3 - 1 in an important win for the title race with help from goals from Kylian Mbappe, Vitinha and Lionel Messi. The other three wins were all routine wins over relegation sides: a 2 - 1 win over Angers, a 3 - 1 win over Troyes and a 5 - 0 thrashing on Ajaccio, where both teams were a man down, PSG once again losing Achraf Hakimi who had scored that day.
In the 29 times Auxerre and PSG have met, The Parisians have been more successful. PSG have 13 wins in the fixture, whereas Auxerre have just eight with the remaining eight resulting in a share of the points.
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