I Ligue 1 Betting Preview: Week 11 – Lille v PSG, Marseille v Bordeaux, Nice v Nantes
As we roll into Week 11 of the Ligue 1 season, OGC Nice lead the way, but Paris Saint-Germain have the chance to lump the pressure on as they take on Lille OSC in Friday night’s game.
Mario Balotelli & Co. play FC Nantes on Sunday afternoon, with a four-point gap over AS Monaco in second they will end the week top, regardless of what happens. Which is a great position for Les Aiglons to be in.
If you are looking for tips and the best Ligue 1 betting odds for this weekend, keeping reading, but proceed with caution.
Every matchday the FFW team of Andrew, Jeremy, Philippa and Rich will each pick a game where they believe both teams will score, and an anytime scorer.
Let’s look at how the team did in Week 10…
After a good Week 9, it was mostly back to normal for the FFW team. Andrew and Jeremy went for Angers v Toulouse both to score, they didn’t. Result. Philippa nailed it with Lyon v Guingamp, although no one expected the Breton side to come back and win 3-1 at ParcOL. Jordan Loties scored in the 91st-minute to lift Dijon FCO over FC Lorient and hand Sylvain Ripoll his P45 – or whatever the equivalent is in France – so Les Merlus let Rich down in that one.
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Montpellier may have lost 6-2, but some happiness for Philippa as Valere Germain headed home Kylian Mbappe’s cross. Kamil Grosicki’s double over Nantes would have put a smile on Rich’s face, but it does mean Adama Diakhaby didn’t find the net, leaving him pointless last week. Corentin Tolisso couldn’t score against Guingamp, and Edinson Cavani’s sitter against Marseille would have left Jeremy shaking his fist at the Uruguayan. Nil points.
Philippa the clear winner last weekend.
Jeremy: 0/2 (6/18)
Rich: 0/2 (3/18)
Philippa: 2/2 (4/18)
Andrew: 0/2 (4/18)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
There is a new found optimism at the Stade Velodrome, so Philippa has opted for Marseille v Bordeaux on Sunday night. They will need to show more going forward than they did in Paris, but that should mean a few more gaps in the defence. Or at least Bordeaux and Phil will certainly hope so.
Best price: 19/20
Rich has put his faith in Lyon and Toulouse. It’s a fairly safe bet, OL’s goal-scoring record is great, but their defensive strength has looked shaky. Martin Braithwaite will be hoping he can provide some more charitable donations on Saturday.
Best price: 10/13
No team has scored as many goals as AS Monaco this term, so it’s smart to include them in any goal-scoring bet, or that’s what Jeremy is hoping for. Plus, if Montpellier can score twice – including an excellent Ryad Boudebouz free-kick, then Saint-Etienne, playing at home, will hope they can do the same…but not concede six.
Best price: 66/67
Andrew needs points and both Nancy and Caen need points. They served up a six-goal thriller on Wednesday, the Lorraine club winning 4-2. Surely they can both find another goal each this weekend…..Hopefully, but don’t call me Shirley.
Best price: 15/13
As has become a trend in our predictions, picking people to score against your own team is a worrying state of affairs. Jeremy has gone for Paul-Georges Ntep to continue his return to full fitness with a goal against Metz. Way to put faith in your own defence, better the devil you know I suppose.
Best price: 7/4
Mario Balotelli is back, and with his five goals in four games, all coming at the Allianz Rivera, Andrew is backing the Italian striker to continue his good run. Nice take on Nantes on Sunday.
Best price: 6/4
In a stunning reversal of form, Rich this week has predicted that Giovanni Sio will score for Rennes against Jeremy’s FC Metz. Picking your own team to score and one of your own players to find the net. He already has two goals this campaign, but hasn’t scored in his last three, but it’s Metz…(sorry Jez, Ed.)
Best price: 13/8
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Up in Lille, PSG are heavy favourites to beat struggling Lille. However, Angel Di Maria is having a terrible time of it under Unai Emery. Philippa is predicting he will shake off the cobwebs and fire the Parisians towards the top of the table. He scored his first of the season against FC Basle in Champions League, but now he’s taking on FFW favourite Renato Civelli. Yeah, he’s going to score.
Best price: 13/5