The direct climb:
Troyes being already champion even before the start of this 38th day, there is only one ticket left to directly access the Elite. And Toulouse did not make it easy for itself. The Toulouse, who played a late match Wednesday against Pau, had the opportunity to pick up a point from second place Clermont-Ferrand and therefore to force the Auvergnats to win Saturday in Caen. Finally, the Violets could not do better than a draw, 2-2, at the Stadium. The Clermontois therefore only need a draw on the Normandy lawn to validate their rise to Ligue 1, the first in its history after 14 years in the lower division. Even a defeat in Caen should be enough for Clermont Foot. With a goal difference of +37, and that of Toulouse at +29,the Normans would have to slap Clermont and the Téfécé to correct Dunkirk to hope to avoid the roadblocks.
Precisely the dams, Toulouse is already guaranteed to play the final between clubs in Ligue 2. The fourth and fifth places are, them, the business of three teams. Grenoble, Paris FC and AJ Auxerre are still in the running to win a ticket for these dams. Grenoble, 62 points, and Paris FC, 61 points, have their destiny in their hands while AJA must rely on others. However, the Icaunais could have completely reversed the trend last week when they received the Grenoblois. At 1-1, the Burgundians were awarded a penalty in added time. Unfortunately for them, Gauthier Hein ran aground on Brice Maubleu. A goal that could have completely revived this race to the play-offs since the three contenders would have been tied, with 61 points.Auxerre would have even taken fourth place, thanks to a favorable goal difference. Which would have ejected the PFC from qualifying places. Auxerre moves to Sochaux, which has nothing more to play, while Paris FC receives Chambly who is fighting for its maintenance. The Isérois welcome Rodez, already saved.
The upkeep :
If Châteauroux has already been relegated to the National for a long time, Chambly, Caen, Dunkirk and Niort are still in the race to try to maintain themselves. Chambly is 19th with 38 points and is temporarily relegated to the National, while Caen, who also has 38 points, is barrage thanks to a goal difference in their favor. Dunkirk is 17th, two points ahead while Niort is three lengths ahead but has the worst goal difference of the four teams. However, the Chamois is the only club which meets a formation which has nothing more to play, since they welcome Guingamp. The situation seems tough for Chambly, who moves to Paris who plays a place of jump-off for the rise in L1. Caen receives Clermont who plays a direct promotion in the Elite and Dunkirk welcomes Toulouse,only team that can challenge the rise of Clermontois.
Caen seems to be the least fit team of all and therefore the most likely to be the big loser of this last day.
The Normans have not won a league match since their home success against Niort (1-0) on February 13.
Chambly remains on two consecutive victories, against Le Havre (4-2, May 1) and Pau (1-0), last Saturday.
A dynamic that could condemn the Caennais for whom the place in dams would ultimately not be so bad.
As a reminder, the 18th in Ligue 2 faces the 3rd in National (Villefranche and Le Mans are still fighting for this place one day from the end).
Clermont almost in Ligue 1 after Toulouse's draw against Pau