Lens took an extremely important win against Marseille, embracing a direct ticket to the UCL groups stage. They overtook Marseille and climbed to second place in the standings, two points behind them, and -6 from PSG, holding the direct ticket to the UCL groups stage on 4 rounds until the end of the season. The form is excellent with seven wins in the last eight matches and are the best home team in Ligue 1, having won 15 out of 17 games. After three defeats in a row, Reims won at home against Lille. They are safe in the middle of the standings, without some ambitions until the end of the season. Due to injuries defenders Doumbia (25/2), De Smet (20/0), midfielders van Bergen (28/0), Maolida (8/1), and forward Holm (8/0) are out of the squad. The motivation is exclusively on Lens side, who wants the win and keeps the second place, while Reims is coming off a great win but lacks any particular motivation.