Ligue 1 Tips: Back Lyon To Continue Ligue Resurgence

Ligue 1 Tips: Back Lyon To Continue Ligue Resurgence

After another near miss Dermot returns with a 18/1 Ligue 1 treble

Lorient let last weeks 4-timer down. They had 64% possession but managed just one shot on target in 90+ minutes of football. This week’s Ligue 1  kicks off with a big game when Monaco host champions elect PSG on Friday. It could have interesting ramifications for next season’s Champions League qualification if PSG win and Brest get the expected victory over Le Havre. Brest would be at least 5pts clear of any team in 4th. Also, Nice would leapfrog Monaco into 3rd with a win at in-form Toulouse. Francesco Farioli’s side have hit a blip though, with no wins in the last 4. The week concludes with Lens visiting a resurgent Lyon.

Clermont Vs Marseille Prediction

Sat Mar 2nd 20:00

Jean-Louis Gasset has given Marseille a much-needed confidence boost. As an attacking unit OM swept Montpellier away with relative ease. There was a confidence and swagger not seen all season. Iliman N’Diaye had his best game of the season playing in a free role at #10. Clermont will offer a similar style of play to Montpellier whilst not quite matching the quality in attack. Even if they won 4-1, Gasset will be concerned about his defence. The space in the channels was massive at times. Maybe it’s just a side effect of playing a winger at left back and a centre back at right back. Either way there’s a lack of mobility in the Marseille defence that makes it untrustworthy at the minute.

Marseille to win & BTTS @ 29/10

Montpellier Vs Strasbourg Prediction

Sun Mar 3rd 14:00

I’ve been for and against both of these teams recently but in this game, I’ll side with Michel Der Zakarian and company this week after opposing them last week. Prior to last week’s trouncing Montpellier had been showing signs of a return to form in Ligue 1. A 3-0 win over Metz was overdue. Whilst they showed little against Marseille, it was never the type of game that would suit their style. Strasbourg on the other hand will sit and wait which will suit the likes of Teji Savanier down to the ground. Patrick Vieira’s side have been poor on their travels this season. They also secured 2 points from the last 18. After all the youthful purchases over the summer, time is running out for that talent to step up.

Montpellier to win @ 11/10

Lyon Vs Lens Prediction

Sun Mar 3rd 19:45

Lyon are on a serious roll in Ligue 1 now after a disastrous start. Pierre Sage’s appointment raised plenty of eyebrows but Les Gones have now won 7 of the last 9. Having spent 18 of the first 23 weeks in the Ligue 1 relegation zone there is an outside chance of European football if they can maintain this run. Lens themselves are in ok form but there is a lot of wear on Franck Haise’s starting XI. Back-to-back heartbreak in games against Freiburg and Monaco will have recreated a lot of the doubt that marred the start of the season. OL are playing with plenty of freedom at the minute and are well placed to take advantage of any indecision in the visitor’s ranks.

Lyon to win @ 8/5

Ligue 1 Smart Bets

Marseille to win & BTTS @ 29/10

Montpellier to win @ 11/10

Lyon to win @ 8/5

Above in an acca (best priced): 18/1

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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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