Our Top Ligue 1 Picks for September 18-19

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Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (L) and Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

France’s top-flight league enters matchday 6 this week with a slew of intriguing matchups to spot. In this column, we highlight some of the best matchups on the weekend’s soccer betting card and provide predictions and picks for your consideration. So, without too much preamble, let’s get started and let’s see the Ligue 1 odds.

LOSC Lille vs. RC Lens

Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 11:00 AM EDT at Stade Bollaert-Delelis

Lille enters matchday 6 still searching for their second win of the season. Les Douges sport a 1-2-2 mark and five points through the first five fixtures of their campaign, including a 2-1 loss to Lorient last weekend. As things currently stand, Lille is sat pretty in 12th place in the Ligue 1 table and two points clear of the drop zone. Considering Paris Saint-Germain is flying high behind an undefeated mark after five laps around the league, Lille’s unlikely to repeat as France’s top-flight champions. Heck, their title-defense campaign is hanging by the thread, as it is.

Lens, by contrast, is off to a smashing start to their 2021-22 campaign behind a 2-3-0 mark and nine points. Lens is undefeated and currently ranked fifth in the league, tied with Nice (3-1-0) on points. Most recently, the Yellow-Reds are coming off a 3-2 win over Bordeaux.

Given the hosts have the form and the momentum going into this game, it should come as no surprise that they have the advantage on the soccer odds board. However, the advantage is nominal with Lens tipped at +160 on the money line while Lille is priced at +187 and the draw is tipped at +245. It’s possible this game could result in a draw, which would underline the tight market on this game. But Lens may well prove the smart soccer pick. Lille appears to be stretched thin with UEFA Champions League action on top of their domestic commitments. Most recently, Lille is flush off a scoreless draw to Wolfsburg. It might all be a bit much for Lille and Lens could take advantage of.

Soccer Pick: Lens +160 with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

AS Monaco FC vs. OGC Nice

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 07:00 AM EDT at Allianz Riviera

Nice is currently fourth in the table with a 3-1-0 record and 9 points (and a game in hand). They’re riding a three-game winning streak into the weekend, capped off by three clean sheets. Even more impressive, the Eaglets have yet to concede a goal in four fixtures after kicking off their campaign with a scoreless draw to Reims.

Nice beat both Lille and Bordeaux by a score of 4-0 and then, most recently, beat Nantes 2-0 on the away. Next up for Nice is AS Monaco – a side that is struggling something awful after going 1-1-3 in the first five rounds of France’s top-flight action. In all fairness, Monaco looks to be there for the taking.

Monaco is coming off a 2-0 loss to Marseille at home, failing to build on a 2-1 win over Troyes in the previous round which marked their first win of the 2021-22 season. Monaco recently missed out on Champions League action after losing to Shakhtar Donetsk in the two-leg playoff. They’re looking ahead to Europa League action though, which is some consolation. However, with a clash against Stum Graz this Thursday, it remains to be seen how much it will take out of them.

As far as the betting, the market is surprisingly tight between Nice and Monaco on the soccer odds board. The odds are literally a hairbreadth apart, suggesting this game could go either way. However, with Monaco otherwise engaged with European competition, Nice has a perfect chance to extend its positive run on Saturday.

Soccer Pick: Nice +175 with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

Olympique Lyonnais vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 02:45 PM EDT at Parc des Prince

Ligue 1 leader, Paris Saint-Germain, is flying high behind a perfect 5-0-0 mark and 15 points through the first five fixtures. Mauricio Pochettino’s side has a four-point advantage on Angers and a five-point advantage on Marseille – the second and third-placed teams in the table as things stand ahead of matchday 6.

Lionel Messi’s trade to PSG made massive headlines last month, but he’s yet to play in a full capacity. So far, his role has been limited with his debut coming late in the game against Reims, when PSG won 2-0. Last week, Messi was rested during a 4-0 win over Clermont. Pochettino’s decision likely had a lot to do with upcoming Champions League action. Things didn’t go to plan on the European front, though, as PSG settled on a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in the first round.

Lyon sports a 2-2-1 mark and eight points after five fixtures and sits in eighth place in the league. Most recently, Lyon is riding a two-game winning streak with wins over Nantes and Strasbourg. They beat Nantes 1-0 on the road and Strasbourg 3-1 at home. Lyon has been solid on both sides of the ball of late and seems to be finding form as the season plods along. However, PSG is a tough ask for the weekend.

Given the fact that PSG is coming off of European action, Nice could be in a little bit of luck. Pulling off the outright upset might be a longshot soccer pick – set to +725 odds (or thereabouts) with multiple top-rated sportsbooks. But they could give PSG a run for its money in a high-scoring affair.

Soccer Pick: Over 3.5 (+104) with Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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