France’s top-flight league returns to action this weekend with a full slate of fixtures to spot on the Ligue 1 odds board. Join us as we sift through the soccer betting morsels on offer in search of the best bets to spot on matchday 14.
So, without too much preamble and fuss, let’s get straight to the soccer betting previews and predictions for Ligue 1.
Paris Saint-Germain FC vs. FC Nantes
Saturday, November 20, 2021 – 11:00 AM EST at Venue Parc des Princes
Before the international break, PSG clinched the 3-2 win over Bordeaux on the road to improve to a near-perfect 11-1-1 mark and 34 points. The Parisiens are far and away ahead of their rivals with their nearest threat, Lens, sitting ten points adrift.
PSG comes into this weekend’s clash in form with a four-game undefeated streak. Their lone loss on the season was a surprising 2-0 loss to Rennes on the road on October 3. Since then, Mauricio Pochettino’s side has beaten Angers and Lille (both by a score of 2-1) and Bordeaux. They also settled on a scoreless draw to Marseille on the away. In all competitions, PSG is 4-2-1 in their last seven fixtures.
Nantes went into the international break on the heels of a 2-2 draw to Strasbourg. The draw represented a bounce-back performance after a 2-0 loss to Montpellier and improved form to a 2-2-1 mark in their last five fixtures. Overall, Nantes ranks tenth with a 5-3-5 record and 18 points.
The best sportsbooks are heavily skewed towards the hosts for this game for good reason. One thing that Nantes has struggled with is winning on the road. They’re merely 1-2-3 on the road since the start of the season – the lone victory coming at the expense of Angers.
With Pochettino having his compliment of attacking stars Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe in seemingly good health and fitness, this has the potential of being a most lopsided affair.
Stade Brestois 29 vs. RC Lens
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - 07:00 AM EST at Venue Stade Francis-Le Blé
Lens has a lot of work to do if it hopes to catch up to PSG – although, right now, that’s a farfetched hope. Lens is ten points adrift of PSG so unless Les Parisiens suffer a spectacular letdown down the stretch, Lens’ best hope is a second-place finish in Ligue 1 this season.
For that, though, they’re going to face stiff competition as a few teams are lining up for the coveted top five spots in the table and their ensuing European spots.
As things currently stand, Lens is second in the table with a 7-3-3 mark and 24 points. Their closest rivals, Nice and Marseille, sit just a point adrift in the table, while fifth-placed Rennes is just two points adrift.
Returning from the international break, Lens will need to be sharp right out of the gates in order to stay abreast of this trio. One misstep and the whole hierarchy gets readdressed.
Lens went into the break behind a 4-0 win over Troyes. However, that win came on home turf. Lens has struggled to win on the road on their last few outings. They lost 2-1 to Lyon on October 30 and 1-0 to Montpellier on October 17. Their last road win was a 3-2 win over Marseille on September 26.
Brest rounded out into some semblance of form by reeling off back-to-back victories in their last two fixtures before the international break. Those were the first wins this season for Brest, lifting it temporarily out of the drop zone with a 2-6-5 record and 12 points.
It’s hard to gage where Brest’s form is after showing a modicum of improvement. One wonders if the international break will hinder or help the momentum they enjoyed behind wins over Monaco and Lorient. Lens should win this game, but Brest could throw a spanner in the works.
As such, the game total might offer the best value for soccer picks with a bet on the over.
Soccer Pick: Over 2.5 (+100) at BetOnline
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