Match Previews: French Ligue 1 (October 4-6)

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Updated: October 2, 2013
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Bastia vs. Lorient

Bastia have four men unavailable, but Lorient have more players sidelined (seven). Both teams have only recorded two wins this season, so far, and are thus spared from occupying the league table’s top 10.

 

Bastia may be regarded as one of the most creative (in terms of attacking mechanisms) clubs in the competition, but they failed to protrude substantial impression when they fought against Nantes, Bordeaux, and Monaco. The clashes eventually folded against the side, conceding a total of seven goals on those combats. Three out of the eight matches they had this season finished in draws.

 

Lorient’s two victories this term are not enough to lift them up from the relegation zone (current rank: 18th). Supporters have opined the side’s poor debut in the French top-level tournament, recording zero goals to submit to Lille. Four more awful defeats trailed this downfall (non-consecutively), with just one draw to make for any life.

 

Online betting tip: Both sides need major reformatting to improve their respective forms. Good displays are not impossible, though, and one of the squads may actually end up winners. This match will throw a 1-0 finish, in favor of Bastia.

 

Monaco vs. Saint Etienne

Monaco’s players continue to be the league’s most successful hroes this season. The newly promoted squad are yet to experience a defeat and the chance of obtaining such a result remain to be slim. The side’s biggest wins were achieved in their second and seventh appearances, where they slammed their opponents, Montpellier and Bastia, on a three-goal lead. Their most recent combat yielded them a draw, only their third this term.

 

Saint Etienne’s list of injured players continues to grow, with six of their players unavailable. The side’s last three performances were short of sizable displays, losing in two and drawing in one. But despite these recent upsets, Christophe Galtier’s men remain strong; thanks to the four wins they achieved in the earlier parts of the season, the troupe boast of an impressive 11-goal score.

 

Online betting tip: Saint Etienne are currently ranked in the league table’s seventh spot, a strong placement but still miles behind of Monaco’s status. In this round, the tournament’s leaders will remain on top of the pack.

 

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