We have reached the 28th round of games in Ligue 1. This weekend could be decisive in the relegation battle as four of the bottom six sides meet. Toulouse head to Dijon while Metz welcomes Nimes. Leaders Paris Saint-Germain face Strasbourg, Marseille host Amiens and there is a derby on the French Riviera as Nice host Monaco.
Ligue 1 Predictions
Dijon Face Toulouse While Nimes Travel to Metz
Dijon sit 17th, only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Stephane Jobard’s side are winless in five games and really need a win to pull away from the drop zone. Mama Balde will be their key player having scored six league goals for the strugglers. Dijon will fancy their chances against a Toulouse side who sit rock bottom with just 13 points amassed from their 27 games and on a 17-match winless run stretching back to October. Another defeat for Les Violets surely ends any hopes of surviving relegation.
As Dijon face Toulouse, Metz will do battle with Nimes. Metz are fresh off a huge win at Amiens, but manager Frederic Antonetti knows this is another pressure game they must win. Metz sit 15th in the table, four points clear of the relegation zone and victory over Nimes will pull them seven clear and put them another step closer towards safety. This is a significant game for Bernard Blaquart and his Nimes side. They head to Metz in the relegation zone only on goal difference but have lost their last two games. A win at Metz could really ignite their survival charge.
The Ligue 1 Riviera Derby Sees Nice Face Monaco
While it may be a decisive weekend at the bottom of Ligue 1, the battle for European football is beginning to intensify. Two sides firmly in the mix are Nice and Monaco and they meet this weekend in a crucial Riviera Derby.
Nice are in good form heading into this game having lost just once in their last ten games and victory over Monaco will take them over the Principality side in the table. Kasper Dolberg is slowly adapting to French football, with the Danish striker on nine league goals.
Visitors Monaco are on their best run under Roberto Moreno, having gone five unbeaten and collecting 11 points in that time. Moreno has key attackers Wissam Ben Yedder and Islam Slimani fit and raring to go as Monaco look to close in on those Champions League places. However, they are without winger Gelson Martins, who has been banned for six months after an altercation with an official during a game.
LWOF’s Ligue 1 Predictions
Marseille v Amiens
The home side responded well to their defeat to Nantes by beating Nimes. It’s one defeat in 16 matches for Marseille. In contrast, opponents Amiens are winless 14 league games.
Marseille 2-0 Amiens
Angers v Nantes
Two sides in good form clash. Angers have won their last two games and are heading for safety in Ligue 1. Opponents Nantes have lost just once in four matches but Christian Gourcuff will want a response having lost to Lille last time out.
Angers 0-1 Nantes
Dijon v Toulouse
A vital clash in the relegation battle. Dijon are winless in five, Toulouse are winless in 17 games.
Dijon 2-1 Toulouse
Metz v Nimes
Another vital clash in the relegation battle. Metz are fresh of a win over Amiens, Nimes have lost their last two and need to respond.
Metz 1-1 Nimes
Nice v Monaco
A good game expected between two rivals. Nice have lost just once in ten, Monaco are unbeaten in five.
Nice 2-2 Monaco
Reims v Brest
Reims are unbeaten in three and need to seize the initiative with many of teams around them facing each other. Visitors Brest have lost just once in five and will pose a stern test.
Reims 1-0 Brest
Strasbourg v Paris Saint-Germain
PSG head to their bogey side Strasbourg. The home side are winless in three games and need to respond after their heavy loss to Montpellier. PSG are hunting an eighth win in nine games.
Strasbourg 2-3 Paris Saint-Germain
Lille v Lyon
A crucial clash in the battle for Champions League football. Lille are in good form having won five of their last six, Lyon are seeking a third straight league win to close the gap to three points between the two sides.
Lille 2-1 Lyon
Rennes v Montpellier
Home side Rennes are in good form having won their last two games; Montpellier are fresh of an excellent win against Strasbourg. A good game could be on the cards
Rennes 1-0 Montpellier
Saint Etienne v Bordeaux
A must-win game for Saint Etienne having sunk down the table. Les Verts are winless in six and have lost eight of their last ten league games. However, they are fresh of a semi-final cup win over Rennes. Visitors Bordeaux have won just once in their last six.
Saint Etienne 2-1 Bordeaux