French Ligue One is more interesting than anyone expected it to be. PSG is topping the standings, but the gap between them and the rest of the league isn’t as wide as predicted before the season began.
BetXchage brings the best odds for this national competition, and we are here to give a few picks, hopefully winning ones.
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Marseille VS Monaco
This is the most sounding matchup of all in France this weekend. Marseille is third in the standings and Monaco fourth, but the gap is five points, and that’s the same distance between Marseille and PSG, who is first.
The hosts have six wins in six matches after the World Cup ended. It is an impressive stretch for the former European champions, who scored at least two goals in all but one event, the most recent against Rennes in Coupe du France, 1-0. The previous four games at Velodrome saw Marseille triumphing.
Monaco had five events in the past month, winning three, recording a draw, and one loss. That defeat was against Rodez in the French Cup, but it is more important that the team from Monte Carlo collected 10 of the possible 12 points. Four matches during that stretch were with at least four goals and both teams netting.
This is a perfect game for goals on both ends, with the respective offenses flying high these days. Marseille concedes goals frequently, and despite them having a home-field edge, we still believe the visitors will hit the back of the bet at least once.
Pick: Both teams to score 2/3 at BetXchange
PSG VS Reims
PSG has had two defeats in six events since the restart, but those two were in Ligue One, which immediately reflected their advantage in the standings. The big gap melted, and the tension was a bit higher than usual. The Saints didn’t lose at home for more than a year, and right now they ride a six-game winning streak. In Ligue One, they have eight wins and a draw in nine events, with 23 scored goals and eight conceded.
Reims is in the middle of the standings, with 25 points, 10 more than those who battle for relegation. They play tough on the road, and in 10 outings, this unit recorded two wins and two losses with six draws, with an 11-12 goal difference.
But despite them playing formidable football, we don’t think they can avoid a defeat. Our pick here would be PSG to win and cover a 1.5-goal handicap.
Pick: PSG -1.5 7/10 at BetXchange
Nice VS Lille
The Eaglets are in the middle of the standings, and that’s something they didn’t plan. Nice invested a lot of money in this unit, and for the moment, the results didn’t meet the standards. Just one win in the past six events is an obvious sign that the team from the Mediterranean Sea is in crisis. The only bright spot was the most recent victory at home against Montpellier, 6-1.
Lille is near the zone that leads to the international stage, and they need to make a push to reach those places or even the one that leads to the UEFA Champions League. The Dogues have four wins and two draws after the World Cup, and in four encounters, they’ve kept a clean sheet.
Our pick here will be for both teams not to score, as these two units have more or less defensive-minded approaches and tend to play a bit slower and more cautious.
Pick: Both teams not to score 9/10 at BetXchange