A fantastic Ligue 1 Match week has been and gone with plenty of talking points from the eighth round of games. Paris Saint-Germain cruised past Angers in the top of the table clash while Bordeaux and Saint Etienne collected derby wins, the latter in their first game under Claude Puel. There was also vital wins for struggling teams Brest and Dijon.
Claude Puel Gets Dream Start at Saint Etienne
Saint Etienne Start Claude Puel Reign With Win
Claude Puel enjoyed a dream start in charge of Saint Etienne as they collected a late win over bitter rivals Lyon in the Rhonalpin Derby. A game in which both sides desperately needed a win, it was former Leicester City manager Puel who was celebrating at full time. Meanwhile, the pressure firmly increases on Sylvinho whose Lyon side are now winless in seven league games.
It was a much tighter game than many expected with the game in short supply of chances but, crucially Saint Etienne took one of theirs in the 90th minute of the match. The hero of the hour was substitute Robert Beric who headed Riyad Boudebouz’s cross past Anthony Lopes.
The result sees Saint Etienne climb out of the relegation zone and up to 12th in the table, sinking Lyon to 14th.
Amiens Collect Magnificent Win Over Marseille
It was a Friday night that many Amiens fans will never forget as they collected a magnificent 3-1 win over Marseille. A fantastic success for Luka Elsner, whose side played outstandingly from start to finish against a lacklustre Marseille whose manager, Andre Villas-Boas, was very disappointed after the match.
The home side opening the scoring after just 11 minutes as Haitam Aleesami latched on Gael Kakuta’s teasing cross at the back post. Amiens were pegged back a few minutes later when Dario Benedetto fired a fierce shot into the bottom corner.
But, a key moment in the contest came on the cusp of half time when Amiens were awarded a penalty after Duje Caleta-Car fouled Serhou Guirassy. Guirassy stepped up and fired the penalty in the net. The home side battled in the second half and sealed their tremendous victory in stoppage time through Stiven Mendoza who coolly slotted past a helpless Steve Mandanda.
How Did We Do?
Each week at Last Word on Football, we attempt to predict the results of each match offering stats and viewpoints on each game. Our predictions are in bold on the left with the actual results in italics.
Amiens 0-1 Marseille – Amiens 3-1 Marseille
Brest 2-2 Metz – Brest 2-0 Metz
Dijon 0-0 Strasbourg – Dijon 1-0 Strasbourg
Montpellier 1-0 Monaco – Montpellier 3-1 Monaco
Nantes 1-1 Nice – Nantes 1-0 Nice
PSG 2-1 Angers – PSG 4-0 Angers
Toulouse 1-2 Bordeaux – Toulouse 1-3 Bordeaux
Lille 2-0 Nimes – Lille 2-2 Nimes
Rennes 2-1 Reims – Rennes 0-1 Reims
Saint Etienne 2-3 Lyon – Saint Etienne 1-0 Lyon
Matchweek nine of Ligue 1 begins on Friday 18th October following the international break. All kick-offs are Saturday 19th October at 19:00pm unless stated.
Nice vs PSG – Friday 18th October, 19:45 pm
Lyon vs Dijon – Saturday 19th October, 16:30 pm
Angers vs Brest
Metz vs Nantes
Nimes vs Amiens
Reims vs Montpellier
Toulouse vs Lille
Bordeaux vs Saint Etienne – Sunday 20th October, 14:00 pm
Monaco vs Rennes – Sunday 20th October, 16:00 pm
Marseille vs Strasbourg – Sunday 20th October, 20:00 pm