Ligue 1 Tips: Another “New Era” in Marseille

Ligue 1 Tips: Another “New Era” in Marseille

It’s a rare Friday selection and an even rarer 15/1 acculumator from Dermot in Ligue 1 this week

Rennes visit to PSG is an eyecatching game this week but alas the Parisians will likely register another 3pts when the match finishes. Saturday has another Derby Breton when Lorient host Nantes (there are 12 of them this season in Ligue 1 as they can also involve Brest and/or Rennes). New manager Jean-Louis Gasset takes over from Gennaro Gattuso in the Olympique Marseille hot seat.

Metz vs Lyon Prediction

Fri Feb 23rd 20:00

I normally sit the Friday games out (or do a 3 to 5 selection bet builder) but the price on Lyon is too big to ignore. There’s an arrogance to OL in the past two months which has been synonymous with the club since their record breaking run of 7 Ligue 1 titles back in the noughties. They have won 6 of the last 8 with the only real blip a poor showing at Le Havre. Opponents Metz have lost 8 of their last 9 Ligue 1 games. There is no way that Pierre Sage’s side should be an even money shot here.

Lyon to win @ Evens

Lorient Vs Nantes Prediction

Sat Feb 24th 16:00

Strasbourg done in last weeks treble with a home hammering by Lorient. This week we are following the money and siding with Les Merlus when they welcome Nantes to the Moustoir in Ligue 1 for yet another Derby Breton. Regis Le Bris side have won the past 3 visits of Les Canaries in all competitions. Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side are on a poor run at the minute having lost 6 of the last 8 whilst being dumped out of Coupe de France by Ligue 2 side Laval.

Lorient to win @ 8/5

Lens Vs Monaco Prediction

Sun Feb 25th 12:00

Lens were knocked out of the Europe League on Thursday after leading German side 2-0 only to lose in extra time. There’ll be plenty of tired legs when Franck Haise kick off the Sunday slate of Ligue 1 games at noon. Monaco tie with PSG for most away goals scored. They have only 5 wins from 11 road games though, as they are 2nd highest in away goals conceded also. Except for their big win at Nice two weeks ago, Adi Hutter’s have been woefully out of form (knocked out of Coupe de France 3rd tier Rouen). The 9/2 on Monaco + BTTS would be tempting if they were any way consistent.

Over 2.5 goals @ 4/6

Marseille Vs Montpellier Prediction

Sun Feb 25th 19:45

Like the saying about buses “You wait ages for one – and then two come along at the same time!“, I am again picking team I went against last week. Marseille sacked Gennaro Gattuso in midweek and quickly replaced him with Jean-Louis Gasset. It’s hard to quantify how much input he had in OM’s Europa League win over Shakhtar Donetsk. The way things were going under Gattuso’s tutelage it’s fair to think they would likely have not gotten that win. Gasset’s tenure will be gauged on where his new side finish in the table. I’m not sure style or how the sides around them do will matter.

Montpellier had a brilliant 3-0 win over relegation rivals Metz. This game though will be the type that Michel Der Zakarian’s side detest. La Paillade have some lovely technical players who want time on the ball to build up attacks. Whilst they won’t face the ferociousness of a Gattuso’s side, the new OM manager (and home support) will be hugely intent on getting 3pts on the board. In a side that lacks leaders the visitors could wilt very quickly, even if this is somewhat of a geographical derby.

Marseille to win @ 3/4

Ligue 1 Smart Bets

Lyon to win @ Evens

Lorient to win @ 8/5

Lens Vs Monaco – Over 2.5 goals @ 4/6

Marseille to win @ 3/4

Above in an acca (best priced): 15/1


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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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