We expect three very strong home performances from the French Ligue 1 this weekend.
Monaco v Lille - Friday 19:45, BT Sport 3
The hosts continue to impress as they made it five wins from six unbeaten games with a 3-1 win at Strasbourg and their home form is imperious as they’ve won seven of eight unbeaten matches, where PSG are the only side to beat them in 25 games. When hosting bottom-six opponents they’ve tended to win in style as they’ve scored at least three times in all their four victories over such teams this term. Lille conceded three in their last trip to a top-four side at PSG, whilst they were beaten 4-0 here last season and we’re expecting another comfy victory for Leonardo Jardim’s men.
Toulouse v Strasbourg - Saturday 19:00
Toulouse were edged out 2-1 against Marseille, but they remain a tough side to beat as they and PSG are the only teams they’ve lost to in their last seven, with both of those one goal defeats. They’ve had a tough run of fixtures as they’ve hosted each of the top-five in their last six home games, managing draws against Monaco and Nantes, whilst if we exclude such opposition they’ve won their last two at home and so they look a fair price. Particularly since Strasbourg have lost their last five on the road and have lost each of their last three trips to the bottom half.
Marseille v Lyon - Sunday 20:00
Lyon snapped a six game winless run as they beat Caen 1-0 but they face a much tougher test here as they go to a Marseille side that have won seven of their last nine at home and are unbeaten in 11 at the Stade Velodrome, despite Monaco and PSG visiting in that time. Lyon have picked up just two points from their last four on the road and have lost both their trips to top-four sides so far, conceding five goals in the process. It was a similar case last term as they lost two of their three tips to top-four opponents and given their questionable form, Marseille have to be the bet.