Ligue 1: Goals galore predicted as Marseille look to continute good form

Ligue 1: Goals galore predicted as Marseille look to continute good form

Dermot returns after a break with a 12/1 Ligue 1 treble

The Ligue 1 title race is all but over but the race to fill the 2nd to 6th places has been the most intriguing in years. Nice were comfortably the 2nd best team in Ligue 1 ten weeks ago. Fast forward to today, they are clinging onto 6th place after 7 losses in 10 games. A trip to an in form Lens is not what is needed for Francesco Farioli’s side. A draw would be great result given the form the Niçoise are in.

Brest lost to the aforementioned Lens last week but still hold 2nd place. They have another tough game this week with the visit of Lille. I’d lean to the home side in a tight game. On paper Monaco have the easiest game of those in contention with the visit of Lorient. Both Marseille and Rennes are on the fringes of the top 6. They meet on Sunday and that game is one of this week’s selections.

Toulouse Vs Lyon Prediction

Fri Mar 15th 20:00

A meeting of two of Ligue 1’s in form sides. Toulouse have won 5 of the last 8 whilst Lyon have won 7 of the last 10. Les Violets 3 game winning streak was ended last week with a poor 1-0 home loss to Le Havre. Lyon have being showing a similar style to how Les Doyen Club played last week. That, coupled with their recent form, should be enough for Pierre Sage’s side to win this game.

Lyon to @ 8/5

Monaco Vs Lorient Prediction

Sun Mar 17th 14:00

Monaco have scored more goals on the road (27) than at home (18) this season. That might be a bad omen for an over 3.5 selection but Lorient have conceded 24 goals in 12 matches on the road. Les Monégasques have been willing to go toe to toe with any team in Ligue 1 this season. Adi Hutter’s side don’t score and then sit back. They also pretty poor at the back. With a tough run of games to come Les Merlus may see this game as an opportunity to add to their points tally. This game could, and should, be very open.

Over 3.5 goals @ 11/8

Rennes Vs Marseille Prediction

Sun Mar 17th 16:05

Julien Stéphan’s side are a bit of an enigma this season. A great away draw at PSG was followed by a home loss to then bottom Lorient with another good draw at Lille. They managed to beat AC Milan in the Europa League 3-2 but went out 5-3 on aggregate. In 6 of their last 9 games over 2.5 goals and both teams to score has come in. Marseille progressed in Europe League on Thursday but not without a scare. Having led 4-0 from the 1st leg, OM were 3-0 down until a Jonathan Clauss goal late on sealed their progress. Whilst Jean-Louis Gasset’s influence in Ligue 1 has been immense (W3-D0-L0-F11-A2), he is using the same side pretty every game. That continuity is great but Ligue 1 sides have not fared well after a midweek European game. I wouldn’t call this game in terms of a winner but I’d be very surprised if two attacking teams don’t provide an entertaining game.

Over 2.5 goals & BTTS @ 6/5

Ligue 1 Smart Bets

Lyon to @ 8/5

Monaco Vs Lorient – Over 3.5 goals @ 11/8

Rennes Vs Marseille – Over 2.5 goals & BTTS @ 6/5

Above in an acca (best priced): 12/1


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French football connoisseur and Irish racing power house. He brings a certain je ne sais quoi to The Accademics with his flair for hidden gems in Ligue 1. When he’s not absorbed in all things France, Dermot is a Sunday warrior who splits his time between Irish horse racing and the NFL. Makes up one half of the unofficial SRD 49ers fan club.
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