Match Previews: Ligue 1 (October 27)

Updated: October 23, 2013

Bordeaux vs. Montpellier

Match Date: 27 October 2013

Match Venue: Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux



Bordeaux’s current form does not guarantee a good overall run in the season. Slandered by an embarrassing curtain raiser and currently seated at the lower reaches of the table, the team had their hope for a flawless Ligue 1 stint shuttered. The majority of their fixtures only ended in draws, with three defeats to break the flat line. To date, Les Girondins are yet to exude a truly impressive pitch display. While their victories over Bastia and Sochaux were really impressive, the side still need to prove themselves to higher quality opponents. In addition, team boss Francis Gillot have three men sidelined: Poundje, Brechet, and Poko.



Montpellier perform badly when playing as visitors. In fact, none of their 10 most recent Ligue 1 away matches (including previous season) ended in substantial success. Current rankings place the side at number 11, their third best placement in the season so far. Their most remarkable victory was in their match against Lyon—an exciting tourney that saw Victor Montaño contribute two goals out of the five innings his side scored against their opponents. The Jean Fernandez-led squad’s last fixture, however, was tainted by a 0-1 defeat from in-form Lille.


Online betting tip: In a meeting where both of the rivals perform more comfortably when playing on their own turf, the home side are definitely in a greater advantage to rule the battle over. In this case, Bordeaux are seen to tackle their visitors.


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Monaco vs. Lyon

Match Date: 27 October 2013

Match Venue: Stade Louis II, Monaco



After surprisingly being held in a 2-2 draw by Sochaux, Monaco lost their Ligue 1 dominance to PSG. The side slid to number two and only picked up a few points from their most recent fixture. However, this does not mean that Les Rouge et Blanc are losing their momentum; relegation candidates, Sochaux, were just really fortunate to have Bakambu and Lopy net goals in the 57th and 69th minutes, respectively. At that juncture, Ferreira Carrasco was Monaco’s only player to score for their team, which he did twice within the tourney’s first 10 minutes. Embarrassed by this result, Claudio Ranieri would look into more insightful decisions to bring back his squad atop the league table.



Lyon’s last three Ligue 1 away matches saw them amass a saga of heart-wrenching downfalls. After making a magnificent start in the season, the side have gradually dwindled in the tournament standings. They are currently ranked in one of their most embarrassing placements this season, which is outside the top 10. Ever since their defeat at the Stade François Coty, Lyon have failed to gain back their attacking stamina, settling only in a draw as their best finish.


Online betting tip: This season’s “former” top performers (Lyon in the first two weeks and Monaco from fourth through ninth weeks) are expected to launch a grueling pitch war. Monaco remain strong with an unbeaten streak. Lyon, however, are struggling to make a good comeback. A tight encounter this might seem, but Monaco will eventually dominate this round.






Saint-Etienne vs. PSG

Match Date: 27 October 2013

Match Venue: Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, Saint-Etienne



Four lads in the Saint-Etienne pack—Erdinc, Brison, Pogba, and Baysse—are out in the sidelines. This leaves coach Christophe Galtier on immense pressure of turning his side around after bagging poor performances in many of their fixtures. Les Verts’ recent success over Lorient, however, gave the squad opportunity to build their impetus a little stronger. The victory allowed them to pick up points and defend their seventh-spot ranking.



The current league leaders have spent tremendous efforts to arrive at where they are right now, stealing the top spot from previous leaders such as Lyon, Marseille, and most notably, Monaco. PSG remain undefeated, scoring only three draws as of tenth week of competitions. Their most recent battle (against Bastia) proved the side’s commendable ability to fuse an intelligent attack and an excellent defense. Ibrahimovic and Cavani both scored two goals apiece to seal their match in a clean sheet. Silva and other defenders worked impressively well in thwarting their opponents from scoring.


Online betting tip: Facing an in-form PSG, Saint-Etienne are in a major challenge of obtaining points from this match. No matter how hard they try to protect themselves against their opponents, they would be inevitably slammed by the visitors. A 2-0 away victory for PSG will finish this combat.


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