Match Previews: Ligue 1 (November 8-9)

Updated: November 5, 2013

AS Monaco vs. Evian Thonon Gaillard

Match Date: 08 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue:  Stade Louis II


AS Monaco

The tale of the Monegasque club may be said to be this season’s most inspiring story. Newly promoted Monaco rapidly rose to the summit when they entered the French top-flight league, initially settling in the fourth spot but later managed to reach the table’s highest place beginning in the fourth match week. The reign lasted for weeks  until defending champions PSG knocked them down from their throne by the tournament’s 10th week. Regardless of the slight mishap, Les Rouge et Blanc are already guaranteed of a brisk run in the season. Claudio Ranieri’s men have so been able to win the majority of their fixtures. Their most recent battle, however, made them a little off-key. Lille gave them their first defeat this season 2-0, but the downfall was not strong enough to thrash Monaco out of the top three.


Evian Thonon Gaillard

Evian TG had a rough start this season, as well as perilous encounters in the tournament’s seventh through 10th weeks. Outside these tragic periods, however, the side were remarkably excellent. In their two most recent matches, for example, Evian delivered some of their most impressive stunts this term. Wass, Mongongu, and Sougou were in their A-game to give their squad a much better position in the table.


Football betting tip: In spite of Evian’s recent successes, AS Monaco are still touted to dominate this tourney. The home side are very much capable of pulling off a match at home, as seen in all of the home battles they had this season. Betting between 1.88 and 2.04 for them is worth the risk.


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Paris Saint-Germain vs. Nice

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue:  Parc des Princes


Paris Saint-Germain

The defending champions are proving that they cannot be easily dethroned as other clubs might think.  The side may have only reached the 11th spot in the curtain raiser (and the 13th spot in the following week), but the progress toward the competition’s more recent jamborees has been very spectacular. Les Rouge-et-Bleu remain undefeated, with a record of W8-D4-D0.  The side first reached the top three on the fifth week, then advanced to the second spot in the subsequent weeks. By tenth week, PSG have already reached the summit. Thanks to the massive 4-0 win over Lorient, Laurent Blanc’s troupe are still straddling the table’s best placement to date.



It is a relatively difficult season for Nice, having already recorded five defeats in just 12 matches. While the majority of their fixtures finished on a positive note, the guarantee that they will not plunge further in the table is not that promising. The side are currently spotted in the league’s lower half (but on top of it), producing an equal number of goals scored and goals conceded (13). In addition, Claude Puel’s men have never won in their last three away matches, which means that in this round, they will be obliged to use their fullest abilities in order to subdue potential danger.


Online betting tip: Facing the league’s top linchpins would just be so much for Nice to take. PSG are indisputably heavy-weight warriors, and thumping them is a ridiculously difficult challenge. In this combat, therefore, a home victory should be expected. Picks for the plausible winners between 1.77 and 2.17 will prove to be very comforting.



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Guingamp vs. Lille

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue:  Stade municipal de Roudourou



Sankoh, Delalande, Samassa, and Kieta are all unavailable in Guingamp’s next match or so. The absences may or may not affect the squad’s performance but misarranging the available players actually will. After suffering a 2-0 away loss to Lyon, Guingamp have steeply fallen off the top five. Losing three points meant that the troupe had to confine themselves in the table’s tenth spot. It seems like Jocelyn Gourvennec’s lads lost control of their defense at that very moment, after Lyon ripped them off with two goals. They were already on track to a much higher position than number five, except that their opponents outsmarted them in the pitch.



On week five, Lille were ranked at a dismal number 12 following a 0-2 home defeat to Nice. But since then, the squad have been successful at redeeming themselves and regaining their composure. The six massive victories and one draw that followed that loss gave them points substantial enough to place them at where they are right now: at number two. The dramatic ascent is highly impressive, especially if the thought of overtaking a well-funded AS Monaco (which dipped to number three) strikes the mind. If they perform even better in their future fixtures, a fourth title can be very plausible.


Football betting tip: Although their last few meetings rendered Guingamp more successful than Lille, the visitors are currently much more in-form to launch sweet vengeance. The current second placers are the clear favorites in this round, and betting for them between 1.87 and 2.05 would be a risk worthy of a try.


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Lorient vs. Stade de Reims

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue:  Stade du Moustoir



Despite being returnees, Lorient seem to be having a hard time “acclimatizing” themselves in the French top-tier league. The side are performing very poorly this season, which is a stark contradiction to their magnificent run last term (they ranked eighth overall by the end of the tournament). In fact, Les Merlus have already landed in the relegation zone three times, which was reasonable enough considering the several losses they incurred since the start of the competition. Their current record stands at W3-D1-L8.


Stade de Reims

While they only suffered from two losses this season, Reims cannot be completely viewed as one of the best sides in the league. Most of their fixtures were eclipsed by flat draws, although four victories were enough to give them extra points to rank sixth in the current tally. It is a fact, however, that Hubert Fournier’s troupe are drastically improving on each passing week. Confirmations to that are their back-to-back successes in their two most recent matches. Reims stole a total of seven goals from Bastia and Marseille, while these latter teams only managed to find the net four times (combined).


Online betting tip: Reims managed to only lose once this season as the away side and would be looking for greener pastures to veer them away from repeating the same fate. With their form improving and their opponents’ dwindling, there is barely a reason why this upcoming tourney would not end on their favor. Reims could seize a two-goal clean sheet from this meeting.