Ligue 1 Prediction – 28 September 2013

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Updated: September 24, 2013
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Match Preview: Lorient vs. Olympique Marseille

 

Match Date: 28 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Stade Yves Allainmat Le Moustoir

 

Football Betting Tip Lorient hardly threatened Marseille in their upcoming match. The former displays a much better performance and hopes to add more wins despite the absence of injured key players such as Gignac and Morel.

 

Failing to win its last 3 domestic league matches and matchday one of the Champions League, bigger problems confront Élie Baup as injuries start to plague the squad.

 

First on the list is the striker Andre-Pierre Gignac who suffers from a foot injury. Gignac is expected to stay on the bench for 10 days. Likewise, a sprained knee, sidelines Jérémy Morel.  Morel needs a 3-week rest in order to return to the pitch.

 

After clinching 3 consecutive wins, Marseille slows down since they had their first defeat this season. To note, out of their last 6 matches, they won thrice, lost once and drew twice. They currently occupy the 4th spot of the French league table.

 

Meanwhile for Lorient, Alain Traore is still, nursing a thigh injury. There are doubts if he can join the squad during the battle against Marseille.

 

Lorient’s present form is below satisfactory. Out of its last 6 matches, they lost thrice, won twice and their most recent encounter against Bordeaux ended in a draw.

 

The Verdict: Marseille 2-0 Lorient

Marseille remains a strong contender in Ligue 1. Indeed, the injuries might affect its performance. However, this will be more likely to be felt in the international scene.

 

As for Lorient’s side, they have the home court advantage to snatch the needed victory. Unfortunately, their current form and their performance during their previous matches barely support the argument of Lorient winning the match.

 

 

 

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Match Preview: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Lille

 

Match Date: 28 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Stade de Gerland

 

 

Football Betting Tip  – Rivals Lyon and Lille are off to settle their scores in one of Ligue 1’s most anticipated clashes. With both clubs refusing to throw the white towel, only a stalemate can decide their fate in the ranking.

 

Olympique Lyonnais has already found the antidote to their 6-game winning demise. Firing 3 goals, the club thrashed the newly promoted Nantes, which have managed to score a single goal.

 

Capitalizing on counter-attacks, Bafétimbi Gomis triggered the club’s scoring spree on the 26th.  Clément Grenier and Jimmy Briand soon shared their contributions when they got the chance on the 55th and 72nd. The victory landed the club to the 7th spot with 3 wins, 2 losses and a draw.

 

In the meantime, Lille closely follows Lyon in the ranking. Although it never had a 6-game drought, the club sports the same number of wins, losses and draws. The only thing that keeps Lyon ahead of Lille is their goal difference.

 

The Verdict: Lyon 1 – 1 Lille

The match between Lyon and Lille is perhaps one of the most celebrated rivalries of Ligue 1. Due to this, it is only fitting to expect the encounter to end in a draw. Considering that both squads had an equal share of victories and defeats in their last 6 matches, there is a high possibility for the encounter to end in a dramatic draw.

 

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Match Preview: Saint Etienne vs. Bastia

 

Match Date: 28 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

 

Football Betting Tip — Saint Etienne remains positive in making its way up in the Ligue 1 table. Sporting a much better form, Saint Etienne is confident of beating Bastia in their upcoming encounter.

 

Unable to sustain to convert and sustain momentum, Saint Etienne bowed down to Toulouse. Their early goal, courtesy of Romain Hamouma was their only goal whilst Martin Braithwaite and Issiaga Sylla fueled Toulouse’s come from behind win.

 

The defeat was the 2nd for the Greens and they are looking forward to avenging themselves during the Bastia encounter. The club currently occupies the 3rd spot of Ligue 1 and there is no news when Florentin Pogba will make it on the pitch.

 

Bastia, on the other hand just overcame Marseille’s aggressive assault. The club kept Marseille away from the scoring area and the match resulted to a stalemate.

 

The Verdict: Saint Etienne 2- 0 Bastia

 

Prior to meeting Saint Etienne, Bastia will have to face Monaco. Given they are up against one of the strongest clubs in Ligue 1 today, Bastia might felt the need for rest and fresh legs when they face Saint Etienne. The fatigue factor can set in and grant the latter easy victory.

 

Just Bastia, Saint Etienne also has a scheduled match before they go against each other. Pitted against Marseille, the Greens will be involved in a hard-fought match that will determine the club that shall move upward into the ranking.

 

Nevertheless, compared to Bastia, Saint Etienne’s performance and form is much better and fully prepared to take a beating on the pitch.

 

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Match Preview: Sochaux vs. Valenciennes

 

Match Date: 28 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Stade Auguste-Bonal

 

 

Football Betting Tip  – Two clubs battling for survival will try to change the course of their destiny. Will it be Valenciennes or will it be Sochaux?

 

Valenciennes will need to overcome Ligue 1 giants, Paris Saint Germain first before they can take advantage of a winning opportunity against Sochaux. Just recently, Nice thrashed them with an astounding victory of 4 goals to nil. Nevertheless, they have a single triumph to brag of and that was the stunning 3-0 win over Toulouse.

 

Like Valenciennes, Sochaux is also trapped in the relegation zone. However, long before they meet VA, they need to face Guingamp, where they have a chance to force a draw or better yet, bag their first victory this season. Should they outlast Guingamp, they shall pull Valenciennes into the bottom of the relegation zone and move up in the  club ranking.

 

The Verdict: Valenciennes 2-0 Sochaux

 

The upcoming match is of high importance to both clubs since it can save them from being eliminated in France’s top-flight league.

 

In terms of form, Valenciennes, obviously, is in a better form than Sochaux. Its stunning win in matchday one guarantees their edge. To note, Valenciennes lost 5 out of its 6 last matches whereas Sochaux has never won a single match. Two (2) of them ended in a draw, while the remaining 4 ended in a disappointing defeat.

 

Nevertheless, Sochaux can capitalize on the fact that they have the upper hand during their last 6 encounters where they won thrice. However, the bigger question is whether Valenciennes will allow it to happen.

 

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