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Ligue 1 preview: Montpellier 90 minutes from glory

17 May 2012 12:35

Zinedine Zidane has anointed Montpellier as worthy champions as the Ligue 1 leaders prepare for a crucial final round of the season.

Montpellier head into the season's final round on Sunday knowing that a draw will clinch their inaugural French league title.

The south-coast club travel to bottom-placed Auxerre.

But Montpellier just about wrapped up the title with a 1-0 win over reigning champions Lille last Sunday.

Zidane believes that result, thanks to a goal from Karim Ait-Fana in second-half injury time, proves Montpellier deserve to win Ligue 1.

"Well they certainly won the most important match last weekend against Lille," Zidane said in the lead-up to Sunday's games.

"Lille had been on an impressive winning run, and it was no easy match to win, but Montpellier did it.

"Given their season as a whole, if Montpellier are champions at the end of the season, they will heartily deserve it."

Montpellier lead Paris Saint-Germain by three points ahead of Sunday's matches.

If the league leaders lose to Auxerre, PSG will have a chance of snatching the title with a victory away to Lorient.

PSG spent a huge amount of money before this season after being bought by Qatar Investment Authority.

The capital club brought in the likes of Javier Pastore, Jeremy Menez, Mohamed Sissoko and Diego Lugano but are on the verge of missing out on the title.

At the other end of the table both Dijon and Ajaccio can still avoid relegation, with the six clubs above them all still in danger of going down.

In all, seven matches could have ramifications for relegation on Sunday.

Dijon (36 points) need to win away to Rennes and for two of the three clubs on 38 points (Brest, Caen and Ajaccio) to lose.

Ajaccio's task is slightly easier.

If the club from the island of Corsica win at Toulouse, and at least one of the teams between 13th-placed Nice and 17th-placed Caen fail to get a victory, Ajaccio will stay up.

Even 12th-placed Valenciennes can be relegated if they lose to Caen and the six clubs below them all win.

Evian host Brest, Nice travel to Lyon and Sochaux take on Marseille in the other matches that matter down the bottom of the table, while Bordeaux travel to Saint-Etienne.

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
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13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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