Welcome back to the Last Word on Football’s Ligue 1 previews and predictions. We have reached the 25th round of games which includes a tasty clash between Lille and Marseille. As well, Paris Saint-Germain head to Amiens, Rennes travel to Reims and two sides battling for European football clash as Monaco host Montpellier.
Ligue 1 Predictions
In Form Marseille Head to Lille
Marseille’s terrific unbeaten run will be severely tested when they face Lille on Sunday. Andre Villas-Boas’ team have turned the screw since their heavy defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, going 14 unbeaten and notching 11 wins. They head to a revitalised Lille side who have won their last three league matches.
Christophe Galtier’s team are enjoying an excellent February, winning all three league games and conceding just the one goal. His side are looking to ensure they remain in the Champions League places and more importantly make up ground on Marseille, who are currently nine points ahead of them.
However, they will be without top scorer Victor Osimhen, who was stretched off against Angers, and Lille are waiting for the severity of his injury to be confirmed. It’s a big blow for Galtier’s side, meaning Loic Remy will be the man tasked with securing victory against his former club. The experienced striker has chipped in with four goals but needs to up his return in the remaining months of the season.
Marseille are flying and victory on Sunday will pull them 12 points clear off fourth place Lille. Dimitri Payet has found scoring in Marseille’s last two wins and he will be looking to help secure the win against his former club.
Monaco and Montpellier Kick-Off Round 25 at the Principality Stadium
These two sides are fresh off victories and battling for European places meet as Monaco welcome Montpellier. The home side are slowly finding their groove under new manager Roberto Moreno while the visitors are fresh off a hard-fought win over Saint Etienne.
Monaco have slowly got themselves together and are motoring up the table under Moreno. They have won their last two league games and find themselves just five points off the Champions League places. Moreno has certainly taken his time to get his ideas across and it seems the players are adapting well to his changes. Two much-needed wins have installed confidence and belief into the team but will face a stern examination against a well-drilled Montpellier side.
Michel Der Zakarian’s Montpellier side are enjoying an excellent season and find themselves just three points off the Champions League spots. Victory at Monaco will temporarily put them ahead of Lille on goal difference. They collected a terrific win against Saint Etienne last time out having played the majority of the contest with ten men.
LWOF Ligue 1 Predictions
Monaco v Montpellier
A crucial clash for both sides. Monaco are fresh off consecutive league wins while Montpellier are two unbeaten and have lost just once in their last six.
Monaco 2-1 Montpellier
Amiens v Paris Saint-Germain
Amiens have found times extremely tough recently, going 12 league games without a win. In contrast, the league leaders will fancy collecting a sixth straight league win.
Amiens 0-4 Paris Saint Germain
Bordeaux v Dijon
Paulo Sousa’s Bordeaux have slowly got their season back on track. They are unbeaten in four and are fresh off a comeback victory against Metz. Dijon need a positive result after conceding six in the cup against PSG and they still reeling from that heartbreaking equaliser for Nantes last weekend.
Bordeaux 2-0 Dijon
Nantes v Metz
Nantes stopped their losing rot against Dijon, but they extended their winless run to four games. Overall, its four defeats in six games for Nantes. In contrast, Metz have been excellent despite their defeat to Bordeaux last time out. Frederic Antonetti will want to see his side respond.
Nantes 1-1 Metz
Nimes v Angers
The home side have found some much-needed form winning their last three league games. They are fresh off a terrific comeback against Nice and will be hoping to secure a fourth win. Angers are struggling having gone five games without a win.
Nimes 2-0 Angers
Toulouse v Nice
It’s 14 games and counting for Toulouse since they last tasted a league win. Nice will want to respond following their shock home loss to Nimes.
Toulouse 1-2 Nice
Brest v Saint Etienne
These two sides are in need of a win. Brest are winless in three but have drawn their last two games. Saint Etienne have lost seven of their last eight games and things must improve quickly.
Brest 1-0 Saint Etienne
Lille v Marseille
Lille have won their last three while Marseille are unbeaten in 14 games. A crucial clash for both sides.
Lille 1-1 Marseille
Lyon v Strasbourg
A good game expected between two attacking sides. Lyon need a win having gone three games without one while Strasbourg have won six of their last eight.
Lyon 2-2 Strasbourg
Reims v Rennes
Two sides in a need of win clash as Rennes travel to Reims. Julian Stephan’s side have won just once in four while Reims have won just once in seven. One side needs to seize the initiative and collect a win.
Reims 0-1 Rennes