Free-scoring Monaco could wrap up a first Ligue 1 title in 17 years on Sunday as defending champions Paris Saint-Germain need a near-miracle to earn a fifth straight championship.
Monaco enjoy a three point lead, have a massive goal difference advantage of 19 and even hold a game in hand as they host 11th placed Lille, with the Parisians facing a tough trip to Saint Etienne’s raucous stadium.
A Monaco victory would all but mathematically secure the title, while PSG must at least match their result to keep alive any semblance of suspense.
Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought Monaco in 2011 when they were bottom of Ligue 2, yet after major investment and spectacular progress they came soaring back to finish second in Ligue 1 in 2013/14.
Two third placed finishes followed that but last season they ended a massive 31 points behind PSG.
Yet they have kicked on emphatically this season.
Leonardo Jardim’s swashbuckling outfit has scored 98 league goals so far whilst they also led the French charge in Europe.
“The league title has always been our main target this season and there’s just a game or two to wait now and we’ll see it through seriously and professionally,” said Monaco’s 18-year-old break out striker Kylian Mbappe after a brave Champions League campaign ended in a semi-final defeat to Juventus in midweek.
“Nothing is done, it’s not finished. We need to maintain this attitude in our last three matches,” Jardim said calmly after a 3-0 win at Nancy last weekend.
After Lille, Monaco have a midweek catch up match at home to Saint Etienne ahead of the final day’s games next Sunday.
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