Ligue 1 Match Previews: Match Week 38 (Part 1)

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Updated: May 12, 2014
Monaco

AS Monaco vs. Bordeaux

Match Date: 17 May 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Louis II

(Featured image: Monaco | Source: BBC)

 

At this stage of the competition, Monaco no longer have the chance to achieve their first Ligue 1 victory since 2000 as PSG are already reigning supreme in the league rankings. However, the side finishing the season as runners up is already sealed. The result in their finale performance would not matter to their form anymore, but ending it in a high note will certainly leave positive energy for them to start next season with utmost vigor and rigor.

 

Bordeaux are coming back next season, that is for sure. However, their campaign for a UEFA berth has just ended. They are six points short of barging into the Europa League places and with one match remaining, turning it around is no longer plausible. Regardless, they are among this term’s biggest achievers, being the squad with seventh largest scores on both goal difference and total points.

 

Football betting tip: Monaco will earn all the spoils.

 

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Bastia vs. Nantes

Match Date: 17 May 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Armand-Cesari-Furiani

 

Bastia have consistently ranked within the top 12 all-season through, reaching a summit of number four. Nantes, meanwhile, suffered three weeks in the relegation zone but have proven their resiliency and reached higher spots as the season progressed. The sides are currently ranked 10th and 12th, respectively.

 

The finale week will not significantly affect the positions of the said teams but ending the season in tip-top shape will have a positive influence on their reputation. Bastia could draw strength from their massive counter attacks while Nantes may capitalize on the defense of their lead to keep their opponents at bay. The hosts lack some good faculties to defend themselves against through ball attacks—a weakness matched by Nantes’ inability to finish scoring chances. Both sides, however, are quite poor in possession and aerial duels.

 

Sports betting tip: Bastia and Nantes will hold each other in a draw.