Lille lead the way on the run to Ligue 1 glory after beating closest challengers and current champions, Paris Saint-Germain, in a tightly contested 1-0 away win to make it their first at Le Parc des Princes since 1996.
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Olympique Lyon dropped off the pace after a stalemate in their last fixture, leaving Les Gones five-points off first. Monaco have obtained more goals and points than any Ligue 1 team in 2021 and will take full confidence into gameweek 32 after picking up an emphatic 4-0 home victory to put them four points shy of pole position.
Finally, PSG will be demoralized after putting in the better performance statistically against the log leaders and now sit a full three-points adrift in second.
This year the Ligue 1 goes down to the wire as we partake in gameweek 32’s offering.
Friday 9 April
Metz sit ninth on the table, a distance from relegation, as well as a distance from European football in terms of points. The Maroons’ home form is nothing to be proud of, with a solitary win in their last five and three back-to-back defeats. Lille are three points clear of second place and Les Douges away form has been that of absolute class this season, losing a one fixture in their league travels, conceding nine goals in 15 matches. Lille are sure to make light work of Metz.
Saturday 10 April
Paris Saint-Germain 15/20
Strasbourg have struggled to find any source of home form this season and most of it can be narrowed down to the lack of goals in the Stade de la Meinau, scoring 19 in 30 matches, before netting three goals to get the win over Bordeaux, which finally puts them above a goal a game this season. Paris Saint-Germain are on the back of their biggest French Ligue 1 loss in recent years, letting the league slip slowly out of reach. The giants of the league will look to bounce back as third-placed Monaco apply pressure from behind, just one point off the defending champions. PSG and Over 2.5 Goals at 5/4 is the value bet.
On the Road, Marseille have taken two defeats on the trot without netting a goal. Next up for the Olympians is a trip to Stade de la Mosson for Marseille, where they have left victorious on eight visits since 1997. Montpellier will look to avenge their 3-1 away defeat to Marseille in January when Dimitri Payet came of the bench to put a smile on the face of then coach, Andre Villas-Boas. You must take into consideration Montpellier’s nine-game unbeaten run, and in doing so, it makes this fixture the tightest affair of the gameweek. Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 is where to make money at 5/4.
Sunday 11 April
The Derby de la Bretagne takes place for the second time this year after the first failed to produce any goals at the home of the Canaries. Now at the other end of the rivalry, Rennes, begrudgingly welcome their opposition to Roazhon Park, but are delighted that they sit 12 places higher than their rivals. In terms of recent and overall form, the Black and Reds top the upcoming fixture. Find confidence in Rennes at a decent 8/10.
Nimes on the road are beyond dismal this season with a mere two wins. In the head-to-head results, Brest are behind by three wins and this fixture is developing into a Pirates win, with Olivier Dall’Oglio winning just over 50% of his Ligue 1 fixtures at home this season. However, if Nimes wish to make their decent run of form count for climbing out of relegation, beating Brest will take them within three points of their current opponents who sit 14th. Stade Brestois are the favourites and I see that even money coming through comfortably.
Lorient come into this tie as underdogs despite winning 14 of the 23 fixtures between the two. Lens did, however, beat Les Merlus in an away 3-2 five-goal feast in the first matchup that included a late red card handed to the winners’ center-back Loic Bade. Now they welcome the visitors to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis where their home form has picked up to three wins, one draw, and one loss in their last five with a big win, bagging three goals over PSG. See Lens through as tight favourites.
In the south of France at the Allianza Riviera, the fans missing out on games is not all doom and gloom as Nice have only won three home games to date. Although their home form might be poor, they make up for it on the road and the Eagles have put their best foot forward in recent matches, securing four wins and a draw in their last five. Reims, on the other hand, have more wins when traveling, as well as score more goals on average, but even though they hit the back of the net more often in their away fixtures, the leaky defence is evident. The 43/20 is lofty, but the draw is good for the history in this fixture and taking form into consideration.
Saint Etienne 27/20
Saint Etienne at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard have the worst home record outside the relegation zone with just three wins in their 16 matches played. Head-to-head results show that the Greens have a difficult time against Bordeaux, managing 15 wins of a total 48 matches played. The Girondins are on the back of a tough 3-2 home defeat with all goals coming in the first half, before Jean-Louis Gasset made a triple substitution in the second half to go all out defensive. At 2/1, the draw is good enough for me.
Monaco boasts the best goals and points record in the league as of 2021, whilst Dijon do the exact opposite in Ligue 1 for the entire season. This fixture is quite literally the best form versus the worst. Monaco have lost just one home game this Ligue 1 campaign and the Owls’ two victories this season are on opposition turf, but their current losing streak has amassed to 11 in a row. You can put all your chips on a Monaco and Both Teams to Score (No) at 9/10.
Angers have won just one match against Lyon in their 10 matches played, and that victory came way back in 2015 when Lyon boasted the best defensive record outside the champions Lille. The Kids form has not been the greatest over the past five fixtures with just one win, but in just as many, their only loss is at the hands of PSG. I will be on Lyon and Over 2.5 Goals at 19/20.
TREBLE @ 6/1
Lille Win 15/20
PSG Win & Over 2.5 5/4
Monaco and BTTS (No) 19/20
Written by Joshua Gaillard