PSG created some space at the top of the log in Ligue 1 last weekend as they won, while second-placed Marseille and third-placed Monaco both lost. This weekend, a similar series of results would see the Parisians move 11 points clear and widen their already commanding lead over the chasing pack.
Here is a look at some of the games with odds from BetXchange.
Nice VS Auxerre – Allianz Riviera, Nice
Friday night sees seventh-placed Nice take on 16th-placed Auxerre at the Allianz Riviera. These are two sides in good to great form, with Nice picking up 13 points from their last 15 available and Auxerre picking up two wins, two draws, and one defeat over that same span.
Nie sprung the biggest shock of the round last time as they beat high-flying Monaco 3-0 away from home. Auxerre were also winners on the road, beating Lorient, which allowed Nice to jump Loreint in the table.
Terem Moffi took over the game for Nice against Monaco. He scored two and set up the third in their comfortable victory, looking like a player that had been with the club for years instead of a player making his fourth start. Auxerre has been much better of late – especially defensively, as they are giving opponents few chances to score – but I think the home side has too much momentum for a shock to be sprung here.
Lens VS Lille – Estadio Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
This is a huge game in the race for European football next term as fourth-placed Lens hosts sixth-placed Lille. Just two places separate the sides on the log, but Lens know that with a win they can move a full nine points clear of their opponents, making this a classic six-pointer.
Lens is out of form after a great run at the start of the year. They have just one win and two draws in their last five games. Lille has fared better of late, picking up double the points as their weekend opponents thanks to three wins and one draw in their last five matches.
This could easily finish in a draw. Expect Lens to be cagey as they have allowed the fewest goals in the league (20) and are especially tight defensively at home. If you want to back a winner, take the hosts, but I also like betting under three total goals here.
PSG VS Nantes – Parc des Princes, Paris
You can’t overstate how massive PSG’s 3-0 win on the road against Marseille last weekend was. It didn’t kill the title race, but it made it much more difficult for either Marseille or Monoca to run down the Ligue 1 leaders.
The Parisians will be looking to back up that win against a Nantes team that lost 1-0 at home to Rennes last match. They sit 13th in the table, not really in relegation trouble, but just keeping one eye over their shoulder.
PSG will play this without the influential Marco Veratti, who is missing through suspension. They also have serious injury concerns, losing Pascal Kimpembe for the rest of the season to join a list of absentees for this game, including Neymar and Renato Sanches. Even so, PSG will have to much and win by a couple of goals.