After 491 goals, 18 red cards, one 20-month national team ban and two managerial departures, the 2012-2013 Ligue 1 season has reached its halfway point, and enters the customary winter break.
Paris Saint-Germain fell to a second home defeat in a row, as they were outfought by nine-men Rennes in the capital.
After being thumped 6-1 by Bayern Munich last week in the Champions League, it would be fair to say Lille’s aspirations of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition are all but over.
Having taking over in 2008, Alain Casanova has engineered a side capable of reaching the higher echelons of the Ligue 1 table, but with youth, comes inconsistency.
Despite sitting over 500 miles apart, Marseille and PSG are two football clubs who share a hostility as intense as close city rivals.
This time last year, Olympique Marseille were a team in decline. Today they sit at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
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