Ligue 1 Tips: Balogun To Punish Lowly Auxerre

Ligue 1 Tips: Balogun To Punish Lowly Auxerre

Dermo expects more misery for Ligue’s bottom sides this weekend and his three selections combine for an 8/1 treble

 

PSG Vs Toulouse

Sat 4th 16:00 GMT

Touluse sit comfortably mid-table and this trip to the capital represents something of a free swing. Philippe Montanier’s side are in blistering form since the turn of the year (W6 D1 L0 in all competitions) and will hold no fear heading to Parc des Princes. Meanwhile, PSG’s league form has dipped (W2 D1 L2) over the same period and they will have to do without the injured Mbappe. As tempting as the upset is, the smart bet looks to be BTTS at 4/5. Toulouse have scored in all but two of their last 19 games, with their last blank coming back in early November. Even without their main man PSG should get on the scoresheet too. The last visiting team to keep a clean sheet here was Nice, over a year ago.

 

Auxerre Vs Reims

Sun 5th 14:00 GMT

Reims travel to struggling Auxerre with one of Europe’s most in-form strikers leading the line. Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun is the Ligue 1 top scorer so far (14 goals) and has 5 goals in his last three starts. He stole the show with a hattrick last time out, and with an injury time equaliser against PSG the time before that. Auxerre have managed only two clean sheets all season and their form since the break has been woeful (W0 D0 L5). They have conceded 12 goals in their last five league games and at 15/8 Balogun to score anytime looks a great bet.

 

Lorient Vs Angers

Sun 5th 14:00 GMT

Lorient have been in indifferent form (W2 D1 L2) of late but Angers should prove just the tonic. The visitor’s league form is so bad it is hard to believe (W0 D0 L13). They have managed just 5 goals in their last 10 games in Ligue 1 and should be no match for their hosts here. Lorient have been taking care of business against the teams in the bottom half of the table and a home win is great value at 11/12.

 

Smart Bets

PSG v Toulouse BTTS @ 4/5 (1pt win)

Folarin Balogun Anytime @ 15/8 (2pt win)

Lorient to Win @ 11/12 (2pt win)

Above in treble (best priced): 8/1 (1pt win)

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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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