As Christmas approaches, there is the very real prospect of a serious Ligue 1 title race, although the excitement of that is overshadowed by the imminent collapse of the television deal with Mediapro, which will leave many clubs facing an uncertain financial future.
Paris Saint-Germain will be relatively unaffected, but for everyone else in the league, news of the implosion is catastrophic and is set to cost them millions of euros at a time when they absolutely cannot afford any more financial hits.
The short-term, though, is rather more exciting, at least, with Lille leading the way in Le Championnat ahead of Lyon on goal difference and PSG in third. Meanwhile, Marseille are handily placed in fourth with two games in hand.
Ligue 1 Match of the Round: Rennes vs Marseille
After a difficult period during the Champions League, Rennes got back to winning ways at the weekend against Nice and will attempt to maintain their momentum against a Marseille outfit undefeated away from home this season.
OM have been the masters of winning ugly so far this season but have started to find their stride in recent weeks to turn in some more promising displays. Much has revolved around Michael Cuisance in midfield, though he may be a victim of rotation for this match.
A matchup between the teams that finished second and third last term, it promises to be a tough game to call.
Rest of the Round
All 10 games will be played on Wednesday, split between five early kick-offs and five later matches.
League leaders Lille go to Dijon in the pick of the dinnertime fixtures, while in-form Angers host Strasbourg and Montpellier, who are lurking near the summit, entertain Metz.
Nimes, battered by injury issues, will tackle out-of-form Nice while Reims boss David Guion’s job could be on the line when Nantes visit Stade Auguste-Delaune.
In the late kick-offs, PSG should get back on track at home against Lorient, while Lyon and Monaco start as favourites in their fixtures against Brest and Lens. Bordeaux, meanwhile, will be challenged with Saint-Etienne.
Ligue 1 Player to Watch: Moise Kean – Paris Saint-Germain – £1.26)
Wednesday’s fixtures present a huge chance for Moise Kean to add to his goal tally at Parc des Princes. Lorient visit with a severely depleted defence due to injury issues, while Kylian Mbappe is still not fully fit after a thigh injury and may, therefore, not get the full game.
Kean should get a good supply of ammunition to work with and after drawing a blank against Lyon on Sunday may well find himself back on the scoresheet in this encounter.