We had a messy last weekend with some high drama in the Bastia v Lyon match, and for all the wrong reasons.
The match had to be abandoned at half-time due to the home fans behaving appallingly and invading the pitch to harass the Lyon players.
It’s a sad end to the season for the home team who still have a chance at survival, but not if they are deducted points or forced to play in front of an empty stadium due to a number of half-witted fans. Let’s hope they start behaving!
We saw Monaco almost blow their lead at the top of the table as they had a real tussle against 2nd bottom Dijon, finally managing to come from behind to sneak a 2-1 victory in a match they really should have been more dominant in. PSG played on Tuesday and they too had a huge shock as they blew a two goal lead to let 15th placed Metz level the match 2-2 with only 2 minutes remaining.
PSG showed their credentials though, to the bliss of the travelling support, as they pulled off a 93rd minute miracle, courtesy of Matuidi, to keep their title dreams alive. They are now level on points with Monaco although Monaco have a game in hand. That could be crucial.
SportyNews takes a look at the pick of the games featured in SportyBet's Colossus Bets Ligue 1 Millionaire pools where you can win up to N200,000,000 by predicting 6 selected scores from this weekends French Ligue and Cup games.
Lorient v Metz (Saturday 7pm)
Lorient’s magnificent run came to a sticky end last week as they lost 2-0 away to high scoring Montpellier. That ended a 3 game winning streak which has given them a real chance of staying in Ligue 1 if they can pinch a few more points. They have a great chance at getting back on track as they face a Metz side with just one victory from their previous 10 matches. Metz have also conceded 11 goals in their last 4 games so that should be music to the ears of this goal shy Lorient attack. The only problem for Lorient is they have the joint worst defence in the league, alongside Metz!
We should look to Lorient to win this game with home advantage and send Metz tumbling into the relegation dogfight. Metz have 3 players suspended for this crucial fixture and the worst form in Ligue 1. Take Lorient to win with goals in the game for both sides.
Caen v Nantes (Saturday 7pm)
Caen (16th) host Nantes(10th) in what looks like a fairly even contest on paper. The problem is that Caen are having huge injury worries at the moment and have slipped down into the relegation zone after only gaining 8 points from their last 11 matches. They haven’t tasted victory for 6 games now and have failed to score in 6 of the previous 11 matches.
They are in freefall and only 2 points above automatic relegation. Things don’t look good for them. Nantes arrive in decent form with 4 wins and 4 draws from the previous 10 matches. Their main problem this season has been the ability to score goals. They won’t get a better chance than this week though as they face a badly out of form Caen side. We will be looking at a low scoring affair with either a draw or a low scoring victory for Nantes.
Dijon v Angers (Saturday 7pm)
Dijon need to start winning games soon if they are to escape the drop zone but their players don’t seem to be able to produce the goods lately. They are just 1 point above bottom placed Bastia (who beat them 2 weeks ago) and 4 points from complete safety.
They have only won once in their previous 12 outings. They do score goals though and if they can have a good day defensively, they could win this match. Angers were on an amazing run of form a month ago but have since seen the wheels come off with 4 defeats in 5 games.
That might look like they are in terrible form but when you look at their last 4 defeats we see they have lost to Monaco, PSG, Nantes and Marseille. They can be forgiven for those losses against the best sides in France. They have some injury worries but Angers will be looking to get back on to winning ways here. Angers won the reverse fixture 3-1 and we expect a similar scoreline here this week.
Toulouse v Nice (Sunday 2pm)
Mid table Toulouse face the high flying title contenders Nice in our early Sunday afternoon fixtures. Toulouse have had an average season. They average just over 1 goal scored per game, concede just over 1 goal per game and get an average of just over 1 point per game.
They do well against lower teams but struggle against the best in Ligue 1, so facing 3rd place Nice will not be a welcome event. Nice are still facing injury woes over goal scorers Plea and Cyprien but their replacement striker Mario Balotelli has been firing in the goals very regularly now. With 13 goals from just 17 appearances there is no doubt he is back to his best form.
Keeping him under control will be no easy task for Toulouse despite their solid defensive record in Ligue 1. Nice have only 1 defeat from their previous 21 Ligue 1 matches (that came against Monaco) and are firing on all cylinders. The only worry for Nice is that they do tend to draw a lot of away fixtures so we will be looking at a score draw or a Nice win for our pools.
St Etienne v Rennes (Sunday 4pm)
St Etienne host Rennes in a mid-table clash which we don’t think will be an electrifying affair by any means. These two teams have the lowest “goals per game” in their matches in the whole of Ligue 1.
Maybe they will surprise us with a goal fest but the smart money has to be on a low scoring affair. St Etienne have been out of form with only 1 win from 7 including a 4-0 thrashing last weekend to Marseille. Maybe that will shake them up a bit.
They have a strong defence usually but struggle at the other end. Rennes 2-0 victory against Lille last week was only their 2nd win in 17 previous Ligue1 matches. It’s not all bad though as they have only lost 4 of their last 17. That leaves an incredible 11 draws in 17 for Rennes, mostly 1-1, and they will probably do the same again this week! There’s not much separating these two sides so a low score draw or home victory looks probable.
Lyon v Monaco (Sunday 8:15pm)
The final match in SportyBet's Colossus Bets Ligue 1 Millionaire pools sees Lyon host Monaco in arguably the best tie of the week. Lyon will probably have dropped to 5th place by the time this match kicks off and that will see them outside the Europa League spot which they have aimed at for so long.
They can be forgiven for taking their eye off the ball in the league as they concentrate on this season Europa Cup where they are playing some great football. The problem is, if they take their eye off the ball in this match they could be severely punished by Ligue 1 leaders Monaco. Monaco have won 12 and drawn 2 of their last 14 Ligue 1 outings. That’s a big reason why they sit proudly top of the table.
Monaco games average 3.66 goals per game with Lyon 2nd highest in the league averaging 3.25 goals per game. That should ensure us a thriller of a match with plenty of goals to cheer on. Monaco are favourites for a reason, and we are happy to side with them to win again and take a huge leap towards the Ligue 1 title.