It’s been a busy week in France’s top-flight with back-to-back-to-back rounds of action, spanning from Matchday 15 last weekend to Matchday 17 this weekend with Matchday 16 jam-packed midway through the week. So, with the short rest and quick turnaround, we look at some of the best bets on hand for Saturday and Sunday’s slate and preview the matchups complete with Ligue 1 odds and soccer picks.
Let’s get cracking then, shall we!
RC Lens vs. Paris Saint-Germain FC
Saturday, December 04, 2021 – 03:00 PM EST at Venue Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Flush off winning a seventh Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi returned to the Parc des Princes to much pomp and ceremony as he showed off his glittering trophy to the delight of the crowd. Shame the ensuing match against Nice wasn’t anything cheer about. For the first time this season, PSG dropped points at home as the high-flying Parisiennes came up empty in a scoreless draw to Nice.
Eight appearances and one goal is the extent of the celebrated Argentine’s contribution to PSG’s domestic campaign to reclaim the Ligue 1 title this season. The scoreless draw wasn’t catastrophic in the broad spectrum of the season as Mauricio Pochettino’s side has a commanding advantage in the Ligue 1 table. They’re 12 points clear of their nearest threat, Marseille (29). However, it doesn’t make it any less of a disappointment.
Next up for PSG is RC Lens, currently ranked 5th in the table behind a 7-5-4 mark and 26 points. Lens is coming off back-to-back, 2-2 draws to Angers and Clermont.
The Lensois were unfortunate to drop points against Clermont after being on the front foot and taking the initiative with a go-ahead goal in the 47th minute. Clermont didn’t quit and got the equalizer in the 65th minute to force a share in the spoils.
The last time Lens and PSG collided the result was a 2-1 victory for the Parisiennes at the Parc des Princes. Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be eager to bounce back after their setback against Lille in midweek action, but Lens won’t be a cakewalk, despite the Ligue 1 odds which corner this game with PSG. Lens has a solid record at home with three wins and a draw in their last four fixtures. They’ll be up for this matchup.
AS Monaco FC vs. FC Metz
Sunday, December 05, 2021 - 09:00 AM EST at Venue Stade Louis II
AS Monaco faces a relatively straightforward clash on paper against FC Metz this weekend, and that fact is echoed across the best sportsbooks that corner the game with the hosts wholeheartedly.
Monaco is riding an unbeaten streak in four straight Ligue 1 matches – a run of form that includes one win and three draws. Most recently, Monaco defeated Angers 3-1 on the road to improve to seventh place in the table with a 6-5-5 record and 23 points.
Germany’s Kevin Holland was instrumental in the win, setting up Dutch striker Myron Boadu in the 25th and Sofiane Diop in the 45th to lift Monaco to the 2-0 lead. Angers pulled one back in the second half, but Monaco’s Axel Disasi restored the two-goal advantage less than 20 minutes later and Les Rouge et Blanc clinched the win and the important three points.
In their last five fixtures at Stade Louis II, Les Rouge et Blanc boasts a 3-2-0 mark with the most recent results including a 2-2 draw to Lille and a 1-1 draw to Strasbourg. However, Monaco will be keen to capitalize on Metz’s struggles this season with a much-needed home win at the weekend.
Metz is mired in the relegation zone, ranked 19th with a 2-6-8 record and 12 points through 16 fixtures. Most recently, Metz is coming off a 3-1 loss to Montpellier at home. Montpellier’s Teji Savanier, Stephy Mavididi, and teenage striker Elye Wahi beat goalkeeper Alexander Oukidja with goals in quick succession – the 36th, 45th, and 48th minutes.
The loss to Montpellier snapped a positive run of form that spanned the last four games – Frederico Antonetti’s side had gone 2-2-0 in its previous four fixtures.
A trip to Monaco is a tough ask for the Metz right now, especially given the fact that Les Rouge et Blanc will be buoyed by their solid win over Angers. The last time these two sides met, Monaco romped to the 4-0 victory at home.
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