Ligue 1 Betting Preview – Matchday 20 (Part I)


Posted: January 7, 2015

Updated: January 7, 2015

Let’s take a look at some of the great games that will take place in the top flight of French football this week.

French gambling news reports that Lille and Evian Thonon Gaillard will lock horns on Wednesday night, while Montpellier will play against Marseille on Friday evening, a game that is looking to offer plenty of great action. On Saturday Bastia will face a hard test against PSG, who are currently third in the league but still remain one of the biggest threats in the top flight.

Montpellier vs Marseille is the game to watch for
Evian Thonon Gaillard will play against Rennes on Saturday
PSG looking to improve their standing against Bastia

The for the second time this week Evian Thonon Gaillard will host Rennes on Saturday night, as they will try to crawl out of the fringes of the league table and make some progress up the latter. Overall, there will be plenty of games for punters to enjoy and capitalize on with the French league.

Lille vs Evian Thonon Gaillard and Montpellier vs Marseille

Lille won the league in 2011 when they still had Eden Hazard among their ranks, however now things are very different in Ligue 1 and they find themselves in 13th position. They maintain a home record of 4 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss, which should serve them well as they go up against Evian Thonon Gaillard, who are 18th and have an away record of 2 wins, 0 draws and 7 losses.

Despite not being the team that they once were, Lille are the favorites 1.72 (8/11) heading into the match against Evian Thonon Gaillard, per Bet365. Considering that the visitors have never drawn against any team while playing away a draw is not very likely 3.40 (12/5). A win for Evian Thonon Gaillard 5.50 (9/2) also does not seem very probable considering that they’re struggling in the relegation zone.

On Friday Montpellier will play against Marseille at home so many punters should take note to place wagers on this exciting game. The visiting side is currently the leader in the league and they have 41 points, which puts them 2 points ahead of Lyon and 3 points ahead of third place PSG. Montpellier, who won the league in 2012, have not managed to replicate the same form since then and are now in 10th place with only 26 points. Their home record stands at 5 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, stats will certainly be in the back of their heads against Marseille.

online sportsbooks in France view Marseille as the better team of the two and expect them to win 2.20 (6/5). At home they have lost only once and won on 9 other occasions, however while playing away they have won only 4 times, drawn 2 times and lost on three occasions. That is why a draw has been set at 3.25 (9/4), while a win for Montpellier stands at 3.25 (9/4) as well.

Bastia vs PSG and Evian Thonon Gaillard vs Rennes

Bastia have endured a difficult season so far which has resulted in some pretty bad performances that have produced only 18 points from 19 games. They currently occupy one of the three places in the relegation zone and considering that their next encounter will be against the powerful PSG, their fortunes probably won’t be reversed any time soon.

PSG have lost out on the lead this season and they are now in third place behind Marseille and Lyon, who are leaders of Ligue 1 and second placed team respectively. While playing in Paris on their home turf they have managed to win 6 times and draw on three occasions, however while playing on the road they have sealed a victory only 4 times, drew 5 times and also lost once. Nevertheless, Bet365 believes that this should be an easy win for PSG 1.36 (4/11).

After playing a game away to Lille on Wednesday, Evian Thonon Gaillard will host Rennes on Saturday evening. Should they win that encounter that would grant them with the all-important 3 points, and if Metz and Lens miss out on clinching victories against their opponents, then Evian Thonon Gaillard could slowly start climbing out of the relegation zone.

However, Rennes will still prove a difficult team to beat who maintain an away record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses. Although those stats are not entirely convincing it will still be a challenge to overcome that team. As per French gambling laws, Bet365 offers a wide range of betting options and for this game they have outlined Evian Thonon Gaillard as the preferential team to win 2.55 (31/20), while Rennes has been assigned odds of 2.75 (7/4).

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