PSG still tops the log as we head into Round 24 of the 2022-23 Ligue 1 season, but the results from last weekend saw their lead cut to five points. A combination of the Parisians losing and Marseille winning was huge, but don’t sleep on Monaco – the team that beat PSG – who are up to third and are currently on a tear.
Here is a look at some of the games with odds from BetXchange.
Nice VS Reims – Allianz Riviera, Nice
A good matchup this between a pair of sides in decent form. Nice sit seventh in the table and has won four in a row, while Reims are tenth and has taken nine points from their last possible 15 with no defeats during that span.
Reims are actually unbeaten in 15 domestic fixtures, and the only reason they haven’t been screaming up the table is that they draw too many games. These two met last month in a 0-0 draw, and I wouldn’t be shocked by another stalemate here. Nice doesn’t concede goals – they have shipped just two in their last six league games – and a pair of young, impressive managers have the tactical awareness to change their game plans based on the score.
I do expect goals, so taking over 1.5 goals would also be a bet I think has value.
PSG VS Lille – Parc des Princes, Paris
We saw the Monaco win over PSG coming. The Parisians have been in a weird spot, and Monco has been playing outstanding football since the World Cup. PSG is still top and clear, but this is a wobble as they picked up only seven points from their last 15.
The last thing that PSG wants to see now is a Lille squad that is fifth in the table, has won three and has drawn one of its last five. The Parisians will also be without influential right-back Achraf Hakimi after he was injured in their defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League during the week.
Momentum is important here, and suddenly PSG doesn’t really have it. Don’t be at all surprised if Lille hangs on for a draw.
Brest VS Monaco – Stade Francis-Le Ble, Brest
Monaco has picked up 17 points since the start of 2023 and is in fabulous form. They sit third in the table, and while they are still working on securing a Champions Lague spot for next season, their eyes are definitely pointed at the two teams ahead of them in the league.
Brest sits 15th in Ligue 1, and a run of games without a defeat ended last match as they went down 3-0 on the road against Montpellier. Much of what Monaco does well has come through the play of diminutive forward Wissam Ben Yedder. The Frenchman has been in fine form since missing out on a place in Qatar and has scored a league-high eight goals since the return of the competition at the end of December.
Nothing about this suggests a shock is on the cards. Take Monaco to win by a couple of goals, as I think they take this 2-0 or 3-0.