Ligue 1 Tips: Managers on the hot seat as Marseille welcome Rennes

Ligue 1 Tips: Managers on the hot seat as Marseille welcome Rennes

After going close last week, Dermot returns with a 19/2 treble in Ligue 1

Fabio Grosso is the latest Ligue 1 managerial casualty after the Italian’s reign lasted a total of 7 games. Fellow Italian Gennaro Gattuso could be in trouble should his OM side not overcome Rennes. Les Rouge Et Noir are also under new leadership after Julien Stephan took over from Bruno Genesio last week. Nantes good start to the season was seemingly not good enough as Jocelyn Gourvennec replaced Pierre Aristouy during the week. Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier),  Carles Martinez (Toulouse) and Regis Le Bris (Lorient) will all be looking for positive results to avoid ending up on the same scrapheap by the time game week 14 is over.

Lens Vs Lyon Prediction

Sat 2nd Dec 16:00

I’d definitely be putting this up a Lens -1 if the Les Sang Et Or weren’t so goal-shy this season. They’ve only scored 9 goals in 6 home ties so far whereas last season they had scored 16 at the same point. Elye Wahi is suspended and Arnaud Kalimuendo is what could only be described as a serviceable backup. Wahi’s dynamism is a big addition even when he’s not on the scoresheet.

Lyon’s response to Grosso’s sacking was to elevate academy manager Pierre Sage to a caretaker role. Upper management have given an indefinite timeframe to his tenure. So, a ship that’s been rudderless for nearly 2 years must now also make do without oars. OL will likely try to keep things tight but ultimately not have enough quality or desire to win the game.

Lens to win @ 8/11

Monaco Vs Montpellier Prediction

Sun 3rd Dec 14:00

There’s a feeling in Ligue 1 that any game involving the teams from the southern part of the country is some sort of derby or rivalry. Even though there’s 350km in distance between the clubs, this will have a bit of added intensity in a game not officially considered a rivalry. Michel Der Zakarian will be hoping for at least a good performance from his side even if they ultimately lose. With home games against Lens and Marseille plus a trip to Metz being their next 3 games, a familiar face will be needed to guide La Pallaide. They’ve played well in a lot of games so it’s tough for all involved there to see them sitting only 2 points outside the relegation zone.

Monaco will be looking to put on a good showing having suffered a heavy defeat to PSG last weekend. 5-2 is probably a harsh scoreline based on the balance of play. A penalty and an awful day in goal from keeper Philipp Köhn made the scoreline look worse than they were. Köhn’s form is a particular worry for Adi Hutter. He doesn’t look a Ligue 1 level goalkeeper let alone one with a squad good enough to challenge for the title. He ranks 15h out of the 18 keepers with more than 6 appearances this season on With that in mind, I think Monaco will win but concede making win & BTTS the play.

Monaco to win & BTTS @ 15/8

Lille Vs Metz

Sun 3rd Dec 16:05

Last week Jonathan David did the business for the column. There’s no reason to think playing against a team with the second-worst away record in terms of goals conceded will end that hot streak. Bar a visit of PSG, Lille & David have a great run of games coming up in Ligue 1 for the Canadian to score a number of goals to reflect his undoubted talent.

Jonathan David to score anytime @ 23/20

Smart Bets

Lens to win @ 8/11

Monaco to win & BTTS @ 15/8

Jonathan David to score anytime @ 23/20

Above in a treble (best priced): 19/2


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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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