Welcome back to the Last Word On Football’s previews and predictions for Ligue 1, where we have reached the 15th round of matches. Paris Saint-Germain head to Monaco, high flying Saint Etienne travel to Rennes. There is also a crucial game between Metz and Nimes at the bottom.
Ligue 1 Predictions
Two of Ligue 1’s struggles clash as Nimes host Metz. Nimes prop up the table while their opponents sit in the relegation play-off place. They are desperate for three points having gone seven league games without a win. Victory for Nimes will put them level on points with Metz.
Metz are showing shoots of improvement having gone unbeaten in their last three games. However, they are struggling for victories winning just once in their last seven. Their away form is disappointing winning just once on their travels. However, they will fancy their chances of heaping more misery on Bernard Blaquart and his team.
Habib Diallo is in excellent form for the visitors notching eight league goals so far. He is thriving in the Metz forward line and is enjoying his best scoring season in Ligue 1. He will play a vital role in Metz’s chances of securing three points. This is a huge game at the bottom and both sides will treat it as must-win.
Monaco Will Be Determined to Maintain Their Excellent Home Form When Paris Saint Germain Pay a Visit
PSG travel to the fortress Principality Stadium to take on Monaco. The home side are in terrific form on their patch winning their last four league games. PSG are looking to maintain their eight-point lead at the top with a four straight league win.
Monaco are flying at home winning their last four games. Leonardo Jardim’s side have turned the Principality into a fortress since their loss to Marseille at the beginning of September. Goals have been flowing at home and Monaco will fancy upsetting the runaway leaders on Sunday night. However, they will be without Islam Slimani who is suspended. Slimani has partnered Wissam Ben Yedder brilliantly with the pair notching 15 goals between them.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are fresh off an excellent comeback in the Champions League against Real Madrid. However, there are murmurs of discontent with Neymar after the Brazilian started as a substitute in Madrid. Tuchel will no doubt throw him back into the team this weekend as they seek a fourth straight league win. A huge game for both with Monaco aiming to get back into the race for Champions League football. PSG need the win to maintain their cushion at the top of the table.
LWOF Ligue 1 Predictions
Marseille v Brest
Marseille’s form is excellent having won their last three games. The home side will fancy securing a fourth straight win for the first time this season. Brest need a victory having failed to win their last three. The visitors have struggled on their travels.
Marseille 2-0 Brest
Lille v Dijon
Lille are imperious at home form. They need a morale boost having suffered consecutive losses in all competitions. Dijon are riding high after a terrific win against Rennes. They have won four of their last seven games.
Lille 1-0 Dijon
Montpellier v Amiens
Montpellier are unbeaten in four games and going well at home. Amiens are in a rough patch having lost their last two games conceding seven goals. Luka Elsner needs a win with Amiens slipping down the table.
Montpellier 2-0 Amiens
Nice v Angers
Big game for Nice. Patrick Vieira’s side are stuck in a rut winning just twice in their last ten games. There is growing unrest and they desperately need a win. Angers are finding their groove again having gone unbeaten in their last four games. A tight game between two usually goal-shy teams.
Nice 1-0 Angers
Nimes v Metz
A big six-pointer at the bottom. Nimes is winless in seven, Metz is winless in four. Both need a priceless win to spark their seasons.
Nimes 2-2 Metz
Reims v Bordeaux
Its four games without a win for Reims. The home side needs the victory with goals proving elusive. Bordeaux is in good form winning two of their last three games to propel them into the top four.
Reims 0-1 Bordeaux
Strasbourg v Lyon
Strasbourg have gained some much-needed momentum. The home side has won three of their last four games which has ignited their season. They face a Lyon side fresh of a disappointing defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. Rudi Garcia’s Lyon has also won three of their last four games. It should be an entertaining encounter.
Strasbourg 3-2 Lyon
Monaco v Paris Saint-Germain
Monaco put their excellent home record on the line. The home side wants a fifth straight league win; Paris Saint Germain are seeking a fourth straight league win.
Monaco 1-2 Paris Saint Germain
Nantes v Toulouse
Two teams in rotten form clash. Nantes are winless in five losing four of those. Toulouse has lost four in a row since beating Lille at the start of October. Something needs to give for one team.
Nantes 2-1 Toulouse
Rennes v Saint Etienne
Rennes have slowly picked up their form despite their loss to Dijon. They have won two of their last three games. In contrast, Saint Etienne are flying under Claude Puel who is yet to lose a league game. They are the form side in Ligue 1 collecting 17 points in the last seven games.
Rennes 2-2 Saint Etienne