Match Previews: Ligue 1 (October 25-26)

Updated: October 22, 2013

Nantes vs. Lille

Match Date: 25 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: La Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau, Nantes



Of the ten matches they battled out this season, six went astride the winning spectrum. The three defeats and one draw they scored seemed to be not much of a problem, as the side were still able to pick up 19 points to put them toward the league’s top four. Les Canaris have only Jihan Audel on the sidelines, while the rest of the lads are physically vigorous. Targeting a ninth Ligue 1 championship, however, may prove to be slightly elusive. AS Monaco are rallying in the French top-tier football rather aggressively, while PSG are working very hard to defend their title. Nevertheless, Michel Der Zakarian’s men are still in the right position to claim what has been theirs in years past.



In spite of losing in two fixtures, Lille still managed to remain superior of the majority of Ligue 1 contenders. The current fourth placers have already won six times this season, four of which were achieved at home. In their most recent match, Les Dogues were able to steal one goal from Montpellier, which was later confirmed to be the only goal netted in the match. The away win eventually gave the side additional points to further strengthen their tabular status. As for their away matches this season, René Girard have only been defeated once.


Football betting tip: This match will be a sure thriller, with both sides capable of producing brilliant displays Ligue 1 fans definitely want to witness. As this is touted to be a neck-and-neck battle, a stalemate would be a reasonable verdict.


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Marseille vs. Reims

Match Date: 26 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille



Marseille’s back-to-back defeats from PSG and Nice caused them to dwindle in the Ligue 1 rankings. The third match week’s top players have now sunk in their lowest position this season, at number five. Though still seated at a very strong standing, Les Phocéens have noticeably disappointed their supporters. The pack have only a little injury problem, but Élie Baup’s lads squad are obviously going through a tough time in the pitch. In fact, even in the Champions League, Marseille are losing their traction, having been defeated recently by Germany’s Borussia Dortmund.



Mid-table occupants, Reims, have three players unavailable: Diego, Fortes, and Conte. From week four through nine, the side endured an unbroken streak of deadlocks. The almost never-ending band finally produced a break in their latest fixture, but it was a break no one would want to seize. Toulouse defeated Reims in a 1-2 finish, after Oniangue’s equalizer to Trejo’s opener was cancelled out by Braithwaite’s 88th minute goal. Hubert Fournier should seek more options (and strategies) if he wants his team to perform much better in the competition’s succeeding fixtures.


Football betting tip: This round will give Marseille the opportunity to redeem themselves. A 3-1 finish is plausible, but Reims could zip this result a little closer if they learn to convert chances. Regardless, Marseille will still win this battle.




Bastia vs. Nice

Match Date: 26 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Armand-Cesari-Furiani, Bastia



Drissa Diakite is suspended while Sebastien Squillaci is injured; both Bastia players may not be able to turn up in the competition until first week of next month. Apart from them, Bastia have no men sidelined. This guarantees a confident rally in the pitch, amid the heartbreaking 4-0 defeat they incurred from PSG in their most recent fixture. The loss was expected, nevertheless, and a contingency plan is just around the corner to haul redemption. But still, cautionary measures must have to be uplifted to avoid another scoring calamity.



Sitting comfortably at the table’s sixth spot, Nice sent half of their matches to victory. Thus far, Les Aiglons have already accumulated 17 points from 10 fixtures, with 12 innings scored, and 10 goals conceded. Their biggest win this season was in their match against Valenciennes, where the opponents drove home without a score and held up with a suave, four-goal packet by Nice. Claude Puel’s club’s latest tourney was also a riveting success, scoring one goal higher than Marseille.


Online betting tip: Considering their form, Nice could make this match bow to their power. However, the side have plenty of men unavailable, which could possibly pull them down if the remaining warriors would not step up. Bastia have fewer men sidelined, but their inconsistency cannot guarantee a strong finish. Thus, a draw is the most probable result to straddle this combat.


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Guingamp vs. Ajaccio

Match Date: 26 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Stade municipal de Roudourou, Guingamp



Out of five home games in the French top-flight league, Guingamp lost only once; three of those tourneys were victories while the remainder was a stalemate. As visitors, the side are quite inconsistent, only bagging one win and incurring three defeats. These indicate that Guingamp perform best when playing in their home turf—a claim which can be further supported by their biggest win this season (5-1) obtained from their display at the Stade municipal de Roudourou. Team boss Jocelyn Gourvennec must be sensing another triumph when Ajaccio visit their court on the 26th.



Losing in their last two battles, Ajaccio nearly plummeted in the league table’s relegation zone. One more downfall and the side will certainly plunge in the bottom. The side’s Ligue 1 campaign had a rough start, having been beaten by Saint–Etienne on a 0-1 finish. The succeeding matches have also been ugly, only drawing in most of those tourneys and defeated again in four more occasions. L’ours have only won once this season, in the match they had against Lyon 2-1.


Online betting tip: Ajaccio’s form is less spectacular than that of Guingamp. They also have more players sidelined than the hosts. Apparently, they are the underdogs in this combat. Guingamp could easily rip-off three goals from their opponents and seal the match in a 3-1 home finish.