Leaders Paris Saint-Germain host Auxerre on Sunday at midday, hoping their advantage at the summit hasn’t been cut to two points by Lens when the reigning champions take to the field at the Parc des Princes.

Elsewhere, Toulouse travel to high-flying Rennes, badly out-of-form Montpellier welcome Reims to the Stade de la Mosson, while Troyes begin life after Bruno Irles away at Brest and Monaco and Marseille round off the weekend at the Stade Louis II. 

Let’s get into the main storylines ahead of the action.

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Rennes revived after substandard start

After a rocky August, Rennes have embarked on a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions that has propelled them to third in Ligue 1 and into a Europa League knockout play-off tie with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Central to that resurgence has been Amine Gouiri, who arrived from Nice following a summer swap deal with Gaetan Laborde and has been on fire in front of goal recently, netting four goals in his last five league games, as well as scoring a double at Fenerbahce last month.

Martin Terrier also has seven goals in nine matches across all competitions, and the team as a whole has only been outscored by PSG (of course) in France this season, replicating the exploits of 2021/22.

The Reds and Blacks have a decent chance of continuing their fine form against Toulouse, who have lost their last two games, failing to score and conceding a total of five goals against Lens and Monaco. 

Amine Gouiri celebrates scoring against Montpellier last month
Amine Gouiri has been central to Rennes' surge up the Ligue 1 table and the team's progression in Europe

Robin to the rescue after Irles' sacking

Bruno Irles’ 10-month tenure at Troyes ended on Tuesday, two days after a 1-1 draw with Auxerre left his side without a win in six games and three points off the bottom four in 13th.

Claude Robin has stepped into the role of caretaker boss – having been assistant manager under Irles – and begins his time in the hotseat away at second-from-bottom Brest, who can theoretically climb as high as 14th if they win and other results go their way.

ESTAC have only been outscored by four sides in the division this term, but have the second-worst defence after Angers, something Robin will be keen to address immediately. 

Bruno Irles, recently sacked as Troyes head coach, encourages his old side at Paris Saint-Germain last month
Bruno Irles' time in charge of Troyes came to an end on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw with Auxerre

Montpellier need pre-World Cup boost

Montpellier are one of the most entertaining teams in the division, known for being both exciting going forward and suspect defensively.

However, La Paillade are without a win since mid-September and lost all five of their games in October, with Oliver Dall’Oglio sacked in the middle of that run.

Caretaker boss Romain Pitau did finally stop the rot with a 1-1 draw at Clermont last weekend, but the side currently 14th could really do with a victory over 11th-placed Reims, who boast Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun in their ranks.

Reims’ recent matches have been tight, the Reds and Whites recording three goalless draws in their last five games. Expect this encounter to be similarly close-fought. 

Montpellier caretaker manager Romain Pitau has much to ponder as his side prepare to host Reims

Your Ligue 1 weekend on BT Sport


Rennes vs Toulouse (8pm on BT Sport 5)



Paris Saint-Germain vs Auxerre (12pm on BT Sport 4)

Lille vs Angers (2pm on BT Sport 4)

Strasbourg vs Lorient (4pm on BT Sport 4)

Monaco vs Marseille (7.30pm on BT Sport 2)