It is derby weekend in this week’s edition of the D1 Arkema as Paris Saint-Germain lock horns with city rivals Paris FC at Stade Charlety on Sunday afternoon.
Buoyant following their recent 1-0 victory over a hapless Guimgamp in smash and grab fashion, Gérard Prêcheur takes his army on an hour’s trip for a date against Paris FC.
Top markswoman Kadidiatou Diani, who leads the division’s scorers’ charts with eight goals in nine games, will be pushing for more goals as she leads her team from the front.
The former champions, who have shown that there are many ways to skin a cat when facing their local rivals, will be eager to grab the bragging rights again this weekend.
Having posted four wins and one draw, smashing 14-3 goals past Paris FC, collecting maximum points will be on the menu for the former champions.
However, Paris FC will not be pushovers as they look to shake off a 20-minute capitulation that saw them lose 3-2 against league’s pacesetters Lyon last week.
The responsibility will be firmly placed on Mathilde Bourdieu, one of the strikers in hot pursuit of the golden boot with six goals from eight matches.
Meanwhile, Olympique Lyonnais, who have been savvy in their attempt to retain the title, welcome Dijon Football Côte d'Or on Saturday aiming to extend their 100% start to the season.
Having played nine, won eight and drawn once this season, Les Gones will be rubbing their hands when they face a struggling Dijon side whom they have beaten in all of their last five encounters.
Lynchpin Wendie Renard, who has refused to hide her hands in the sand when the team fails to convert a flurry of chances they create, will be out to ensure the initiative remains within their grasp having scored four goals from her defensive position. Striker Lindsay Horan, who joins Renard on four goals for Lyon, will also be out to add to her tally.
As for Dijon, it is a clear case of damage control having failed to arrest a deep in form which has seen them plunge to number nine on the standings with two wins, two draws and five defeats from nine games which translates to eight points gained.
With the second worst defensive record in the league, the defensive unit of Cecilie Sandvej, Małgorzata Grec, Margaux Vairon and Morgane Martins have their work cut out in trying to stop the league’s second-best frontline.
Montpellier HSC and FC Fleury 91 clash on Friday evening at Stade Bernard Gasset Terrain n°7.
With both teams enjoying some good run of form which has seen them maintain a strangle-hold on fourth and fifth position respectively, any slip-up is off the agenda.
Livewire forward Nérilia Mondésir will look to provide the goals for Montpellier, a duty she has carried out impressively this season with six goals from nine games. Midfielder Faustine Robert, who last week was on the score sheet for the fourth time this season, will hope to continue providing the goals. On the other hand, Fleury 91 forwards Rosemonde Kouassi and Batcheba Louis will also be eager to add more goals to the four apiece which they have scored this season.
With stakes evenly poised between the two teams, the hosts get into the match hot favourites having won four, drawn three and lost three in their last 10 encounters against FC Fleury.
Eighth-placed Stade de Reims host sixth-ranked Le Havre AC at Stade Louis Blériot N°2 on Saturday afternoon.
Reims get into the match as favourites having beaten the league debutants on both the two occasions they have met in the recent past.
That said, the home team has not registered a victory in their last two matches, drawing once and losing once.
Haitian midfielder Melchie Dumornay and defender Julie Pasquereau, who have been the main sources of goals for the home side, will hope to continue providing the goals.
Le Havre, on the other hand, having put five past Dijon last week, hope to carry on from where they left off.
For a team that has been punching above their weight, posting some impressive results which has seen them defeat established teams including Soyaux-Charente, Dijon and Guingamp, another win against Reims will help announce their arrival amongst the big guns.
Seventh-placed FC Girondins de Bordeaux square-off against 11th placed Rodez Aveyron Football at Stade Sainte-Germaine in Le Bouscat on Saturday.
Striker Maelle Garbino, who has scored six goals for Bordeaux, will be out to maintain the pressure on PSG’s Diani in the race for golden boot. Having scored the goal that settled last week’s match against Soyaux-Charente, Garbino will hope to provide the goals for her team.
On the other hand, Rodez continue their search for consistency having only won once this season and seem to be finding the going tough amongst the big-guns.
The pressure will be on the rear-guard of Eloïse Sévenne, Fiona Boji, Chloé Bornes and Yasmine Hall who have only managed to keep one clean sheet this season.
Rock-bottom En Avant Guingamp welcome 10th placed ASJ Soyaux-Charente at Stade Centre Formation EAG 1 on Saturday.
Guingamp will hope to post their first victory of the current campaign having lost eight and drawn once.
A victory will go a long way in abating a seemingly difficult season for the home side.
Soyaux-Charente, on the other hand, will be searching for only their second win having last done so on 24 September.
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FIXTURES: Friday 02 Deceember, 2022 (19:00) Montpellier HSC vs. FC Fleury 91
FIXTURES: Saturday 03 December, 2022 (15:30) Stade de Reims vs Le Havre AC
FIXTURES: Saturday 03 December, 2022 (15:30) Olympique Lyonnais vs Dijon Football Côte d'Or
FIXTURES: Saturday 03 December, 2022 (15:30) En Avant Guingamp vs ASJ Soyaux-Charente
FIXTURES: Saturday 03 December, 2022 (15:30) FC Girondins de Bordeaux vs Rodez Aveyron Football
FIXTURES: Sunday 04 December, 2022 (15:00) Paris FC vs. Paris Saint-Germain FC
All Times are Central European Time (CET)