French Ligue 1 Preview and Betting Tips
Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October
Match Previews and Betting Tips
Having won six of six games played, Paris Saint-Germain were already running away with this season’s Ligue 1 title before surprisingly coming unstuck in a scoreless draw with mid-table Montpellier last weekend. That gave second-placed Monaco the chance to close the gap on the league leaders to just one point which they duly did with a comfortable 4-0 victory over struggling Lille. More surprises could be in store next weekend and Monaco have the chance to go top of the table at least temporarily if they can do what PSG failed to achieve and beat Montpellier on Friday night.
Friday 29th September
Monaco v Montpellier. Last Saturday’s scoreless home draw with the in-form Paris Saint-Germain is undoubtedly Montpellier’s finest result this season but the twelfth-placed side have it all to again next Friday night when they face second-placed Monaco away from home. Monaco took full advantage of PSG’s slip-up last weekend by thrashing Lille 4-0 and will be in no mood to waste that good result. Title holders Monaco have been playing catch-up on PSG all season and will be determined to get their noses in front at least for a few hours. Despite Montpellier’s impressive display last weekend, this game looks to be a bridge too far and Monaco, with home advantage, should emerge the clear winners at very short odds of just 2/9.
Prediction: Monaco to win
Saturday 30th September
Paris Saint-Germain v Bordeaux. In all likelihood Paris Saint-Germain will be second in the table when they kick off Saturday’s home game against Bordeaux. Bearing that in mind, and with last weekend’s shock scoreless draw with Montpellier still rankling, PSG will be more determined than usual to re-establish their title credentials and the previous air of invincibility. That could spell real trouble for Bordeaux who could be on the receiving end of a PSG backlash. However, Bordeaux are currently third in the table and unbeaten in six games and will not just roll over and play dead for PSG. It could be a bruising encounter but home advantage and PSG’s superior team should be enough to see the Paris outfit return to winning ways at ridiculously short odds of 1/12.
Prediction: Paris Saint-Germain to win
Nantes v Metz. With all the attention focused on the battle between PSG and Monaco at the head of the table, unconsidered Nantes have been stealthily moving up the Ligue 1 table and now sit in sixth place having won four of their last five matches and drawn the other one. Looking for a fourth successive victory that could see the club move up to third spot, Nantes have a very winnable home game against bottom of the table Metz who have lost six of the seven completed league games. That fourth win for Nantes should arrive on Saturday in a comfortable victory at reasonable odds of 8/13.
Prediction: Nantes to win
Dijon v Strasbourg. Two clubs already in difficulties at the wrong end of the table are Dijon and Strasbourg. Both are in the bottom four and both have won just one of their respective seven games played. Home advantage should count in Dijon’s favour as should the fact that Strasbourg go into the game having lost the previous four matches and a narrow home win for Dijon at around 11/10 is the tentative prediction.
Prediction: Dijon to win
Guincamp v Toulouse. Just two points separate mid-table Guincamp and Toulouse in the Ligue 1 table so a close game would be a logical assumption in next Saturday’s game. Guincamp have home advantage but a poor record of three defeats in the last five games while Toulouse have fared little better recently and have also lost three of the last five matches. Apart from playing at home, Guincamp have at least managed to win three games this season and twice in the last four fixtures so might just shade the verdict in a very close game at odds of even money.
Prediction: Guincamp to win
Sunday 1st October
Troyes v Saint-Etienne. Holding steady in fourth place but not really going anywhere, Saint-Etienne travel to face mid-table Troyes this Sunday and have a realistic chance of collecting all three points. Troyes scraped a narrow 1-0 victory last weekend over bottom of the table Metz but that was no more than was expected and Sunday’s game will be a lot more difficult against a decent Saint-Etienne team. An away win for Saint-Etienne is the bookies’ unsurprising favourite but at a reasonable price of 11/10 and that looks a very solid bet.
Prediction: Saint-Etienne to win
Nice v Olympique Marseilles. Two wins in the last two games have seen Olympique Marseilles come back to some semblance of form but it may not be enough to guarantee a third successive win on Sunday against Nice. Those two wins for Marseilles were achieved against teams at the lower end of the table but Nice are moving up the table having secured two wins and a draw in the last three games. Home advantage is probably the reason that Nice are the 5/4 favourites to win but Marseilles should be capable of securing an away draw at odds of 23/10.
Angers v Olympique Lyonnais. Mid-table Angers are the draw specialists of Ligue 1 having already secured that particular result in five of their seven games played to date. Despite having home advantage for next Sunday’s game with Olympique Lyonnais, Angers are the 13/5 underdogs to take all three points while a win for the away side is the bookies’ even money favourite result. The away win is more than a distinct possibility as Lyon are four places above and four points better off than their hosts but are also a team that has a tendency to draw games recently. Lyon have drawn three of their last five league games and another drawn game looks a worthwhile bet at around the 12/5 mark.
Rennes v Caen. Caen to win at 3/1
Amiens v Lille. Draw at 21/10
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