Match facts: Title rivals face relegation battlers

All the key facts and stats ahead of the latest round of Ligue 1 fixtures, with both Montpellier and PSG travelling to struggling clubs.


Lille v Ajaccio

Only one of the last 11 Ligue 1 meetings between these teams has seen Ajaccio win.

The last three Ligue 1 encounters between Lille and Ajaccio have witnessed 13 goals.

Lille are winless in four previous Ligue 1 matches this season without their international full back Mathieu Debuchy.

Ajaccio are on a run of four consecutive draws in the league.

Lille’s Stadium Nord has witnessed more goals (55) than any other ground in Ligue 1 this season.

Ajaccio have conceded 30 goals in 10 previous Ligue 1 trips to a title-holder’s stadium, picking up only one point in the process.

Attacking midfielder Eden Hazard has scored in each of his last seven league appearances at home.

Winger Dimitri Payet has scored a goal in each of the last three matchdays.

Lorient v Montpellier

Montpellier have won 20 Ligue 1 games for the second time in their history (after 09/10).

Since earning promotion to Ligue 1 in 2009, Montpellier have scored more goals against Lorient than versus any other opponents (11).

Montpellier have never won in four previous trips to the Moustoir stadium in Ligue 1.

Lorient are in the relegation zone for the first time since August 2010 and have won just one of their last 16 league games.

Lorient have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 consecutive league games.

Lorient have scored with just 3% of their total number of attempts in the first half of Ligue 1 matches this season.

17 of Olivier Giroud’s 19 Ligue 1 goals this term have come after the half-time break.

Moroccan international Younes Belhanda has netted six goals in his last seven competitive starts for Montpellier.

Nancy v Bordeaux

Bordeaux have won three and drawn one of their last four competitive meetings with Nancy.

Bordeaux have kept clean sheets in their last two league trips to the Marcel-Picot stadium.

The reverse fixture saw Jaroslav Plasil score the fastest Ligue 1 goal of the season, just 14 seconds into the match.

Nancy are on a run of four consecutive wins in Ligue 1 for the first time since 2005.

Nancy have picked up more points than any other Ligue 1 side since March (16), thanks to five wins and one draw.

Bordeaux have won just one of their last seven league fixtures.

ASNL’s midfielder Bakaye Traore has scored four goals in the last three matchdays.

St Etienne v Brest

Brest have never won in nine previous trips to St Etienne in the top flight, suffering seven defeats in the process.

St Etienne are winless in four consecutive league matches for the first time this season.

Les Verts have lost all of their last three home games in Ligue 1.

Brest are one of two Ligue 1 teams without an away win this season.

Brest have scored a league-high eight goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season.

Brest have scored 67% of their goals before half time, a league-high proportion this term.

Despite being in the lead for 115 minutes in their last two away games, Brest lost both matches.

11 of Bruno Grougi’s 17 Ligue 1 career goals have come from penalties of direct free kicks.

The reverse fixture was one of four Ligue 1 games this term to see two players (Roux and Aubameyang) score braces.

Sochaux v Dijon

Sochaux have kept the fewest clean sheets in Ligue 1 this term (four).

Dijon have kept just one clean sheet away from home in the top flight.

Sochaux have won two consecutive league games at their Bonal stadium for the first time this season.

Since the appointment of Eric Hély as manager, Sochaux have scored the second-most goals in Ligue 1 (nine).

Last season, Sloan Privat scored in both of his two Ligue 2 appearances against Dijon, while on loan at Clermont.

Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga has scored in each of the last three matchdays.

The reverse fixture saw more misplaced passes than any other Ligue 1 game this season (252).

Valenciennes v Evian

No team has conceded fewer goals at home than Valenciennes this season (eight).

Should Evian TG beat Valenciennes, they would become the first team in Ligue 1 this season to achieve a run of four consecutive away wins.

Evian TG are the first team this season in Ligue 1 to score in 12 consecutive away games.

Had Evian managed to hold on to their leads during Ligue 1 games, they would have 21 more points to their name.

Valenciennes striker Mamadou Samassa has found the net on average every 73 minutes at the Stade du Hainaut this term in the league, a better ratio than any other player at home.

Auxerre v Paris Saint-Germain

Paris SG have lost just one of their last six competitive matches at the Abbé-Deschamps stadium.

The Parisians have now failed to keep a clean sheet in eight consecutive Ligue 1 games.

Since the introduction of the three-point rule, no team with fewer than 29 points at this stage of a 20-club Ligue 1 campaign managed to stay up.

The 1997/98 season is the only occasion where PSG managed to score more than two goals in 31 previous trips to Auxerre in the top flight.

Carlo Ancelotti boasts the highest goals-per-game ratio amongst all 25 managers who have coached a Ligue 1 side this season (2.1).

PSG midfield schemer Thiago Motta has played more minutes than any other player without ever ending on the losing side this season in Ligue 1 (720 mins).

Brazilian winger Nenê has scored four goals in five league appearances against Auxerre.

Auxerre’s Kamel Chafni has scored more Ligue 1 goals against PSG than versus any other opposition (three).

Rennes v Nice

Nice are winless in their last 12 league trips to Rennes, their last victory was in 1990.

Rennes have dropped 11 points after being in the lead at their Route de Lorient stadium this season, only Bordeaux have fared worse at home.

Rennes have failed to win any of their last four home games in the league.

Nice have suffered defeats in all three Ligue 1 games this term without commanding centre half Renato Civelli.

Nice have yet to keep a clean sheet on the road this season in Ligue 1.

Nice have won four of their last seven matches, which is as many as during their previous 24 Ligue 1 fixtures this season.

Nice winger Anthony Mounier has scored three goals in his last two league appearances.

Marseille v Caen

Marseille have failed to win any of their last 12 competitive games, suffering 11 defeats in the process, their longest run without success since 1962.

If the season had started in January, Marseille would be in the relegation zone.

Marseille have suffered three consecutive league defeats at their Vélodrome stadium for the first time since 2004/05.

Caen have lost all of their last three away league matches, failing to score a single goal in the process.

Marseille have won both of their two competitive encounters with Caen this season.

Caen have managed three wins in their last five trips to the Vélodrome stadium in the top flight.

Caen are one of two Ligue 1 sides to have conceded goals from former African Player of the Year winner Abedi Pelé and his two sons Andre and Jordan Ayew.

Caen have now gone over 200 minutes without a goal conceded in Ligue 1.

Marseille forward Loïc Rémy has netted six goals in five previous appearances against Caen in all competitions.

Toulouse v Lyon

Lyon are goalless in their last five trips to Toulouse in the top flight.

Five Lyon players have been sent off in OL’s last four trips to Toulouse in Ligue 1.

In his last league appearance at the Stadium municipal, Lyon full back Aly Cissokho scored an own goal and received a red card.

TFC have picked up a league-high eight red cards this term and have conceded more fouls than any other side.

No Toulouse player has managed to score more than four Ligue 1 goals in 2011/12, a record low this season.

Argentine goalscorer Lisandro has netted Lyon’s last three league goals; he has never missed a penalty in Ligue 1 (nine converted out of nine attempted).

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