Amiens v Angers - Saturday 19.00
Amiens were unable to offer even the remotest of threats to PSG last week as a 2-0 defeat could easily have been far worse. With Aboubakar Kamara’s departure to Fulham they lost their main goal threat and against a physical Angers side we expect them to struggle again. Angers are one of the most well organised defences in Ligue 1 and with two of their new boys getting on the scoresheet last weekend they will hope to offer a greater attacking threat this term. In the past two seasons they’ve won nine of 19 trips to bottom-half teams but Amiens look on the weaker end of that spectrum and given we also expect an improved Angers this year that makes the away win excellent value, while the win to nil is also worth a punt.
Bordeaux v Metz - Saturday 19.00
In their final 20 games last season Bordeaux’s only defeats came against the top three, Monaco, PSG and Nice, and as they target a top three themselves this season they should be too good for a Metz side that looks set to struggle. Metz lost seven of 10 trips to the top half last season and they failed to score in all of those defeats as four were by at least a three goal margin. A home defeat to poor travellers Guingamp last week was a worrying sign for Metz fans, particularly since they’ve lost their two leading scorers from last season. Meanwhile, Bordeaux have an improved defence, with the addition of French international Benoit Costil in goal, and it’s a toss up between backing them to win to nil or to cover the handicap.
Strasbourg v Lille - Sunday 14.00
Another side we’re expecting a lot from this season is Lille and they started with a fine 3-0 win last week. Strasbourg, meanwhile, were thrashed 4-0 at Lyon and the new boys could be in for a long season. We could be in for more goals, as while Lille have been one of the least entertaining sides in recent years they have signed several exciting young players and goals expectancy should definitely increase. Particularly since Marcelo Bielsa is the new man in charge and in his last spell in Ligue 1 with Marseille in 2014/15 his side’s matches averaged more than three goals per game. Strasbourg’s matches last season averaged 3.4 goals per game from December onwards so we’re backing Over 2.5 Goals while Lille to win with both teams scoring is also worth a punt at 4/1.