Ligue 1 Match Previews: Match Week 38 (Part 2)

Updated: May 12, 2014

Lorient vs. Lille

Match Date: 17 May 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade du Moustoir

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While Lorient had some shortcomings in the league—even plunging into the drop zone three times—Lille have fully acclimatized in the competition since the start of the fixtures. Les Merlus had difficulties turning their inconsistency around while Les Dogues maintained a strong army that other clubs would fear to fight against.


Lorient rank eighth in the table, a position that is safe enough for them to secure seeding next season. They were winners in four of their past seven matches, of which two ended in stalemates and only one finished negatively. Lille, in comparison, were unbeaten for the last seven match weeks (three wins, four draws). They rank third behind PSG and Monaco and may remain in that position in the overall tally provided that they win their last fixture and the club next to them will only earn one point or less.


Online betting tip: Lille should celebrate for a victorious season finale.



Marseille vs. Guingamp

Match Date:  17 May 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Vélodrome


Marseille endured a fairly painful blow on their Europa League campaign after they were held in a draw by Bordeaux, missing out the top five by just one point. Benoit Cheyrou had put Marseille in the lead after a little over half an hour but Cheick Diabate’s second-half equalizer put the side off the radar. With one match left, Les Phocéens must their all in order to gain berth in the UEFA tournament.


Guingamp are almost certain of their berth for Ligue 1 football for another season as they battled out a victorious 2-0 result against Toulouse at the Stade du Roudourou. This put Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men in the 15th spot and the sides below them will have a major struggle to top out the side’s current earnings. Guingamp also received an added boost after they obtained championship against Rennes in the Coupe de France without them needing to compromise their top-flight campaign.


Football betting tip: Marseille could steal the silverware from Guingamp, albeit in a very narrow scoring.