Ligue 1 Match Previews: Match Week 30 (Part 1)

Updated: March 17, 2014

Lorient vs. PSG

Match Date: 21 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade du Moustoir

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic went back to his winning wheelhouse after he secured Paris Saint-Germain another set of points in Ligue 1. The powerhouse player only needed two goals to help Laurent Blanc’s men achieve their seventh straight win and maintain an astounding eight-point lead over their closest title rivals, AS Monaco.


Lorient, meanwhile, failed to carry over their victory from Saint-Etienne to their subsequent battle as they saw themselves concede two goals and succumb to the otherwise struggling side, Sochaux. Roy Contout and Stopilla Sunzu both struck impressive goals that they were able to go past Fabien Audard despite his hard-fought goalkeeping efforts.


Football betting tip: PSG will remain the dominant side on this tourney.



Marseille vs. Rennes

Match Date: 22 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Vélodrome


Although they are still strongly positioned in the table’s higher reaches (currently at number six), Les Phocéens have had serious form debacles in their past five Ligue 1 meetings. Only one of these ended up successful, two were low-scoring draws, and another two were goalless disasters. Perhaps, it is really time for a managerial switch. Former club top brass Elie Baup suggests Real Madrid right-hand Zinedine Zidane as an excellent replacement to current manager José Anigo. “You can clearly see that [Zidane is] ready. He’s an exceptional guy. In terms of image, it would be extraordinary,” he said.


Rennes’ last three fixtures were poorly executed, resulting in catastrophes that deeply hurt their table ranking. Defeats from Guingamp 0-2, Valenciennes 2-1, and Toulouse 2-3 all summed up to a nine-point deficit to pull Les Rouges et Noirs down to the 16th spot.


Sports betting tip: Marseille could nail a narrow lead over Rennes.