Ligue 1: Rennes To Continue Strong Home Form

Dermot expects plenty of goals in Ligue 1 as Gameweek 14 ends with the big clash between Lyon & Marseille.

The previous International break had a negative impact on the majority of the bigger sides in Ligue 1 sides, with gameweek 9 throwing up some strange results. This time around the World Cup qualifiers finish earlier in the week meaning teams will have had more time to prepare. However, caution should be taken when backing Lille or PSG as they will be impacted most given they play earlier in the weekend.

The action wraps up with a potentially fantastic tie when Lyon face Marseille at the Groupama. Earlier in the season this would have been an overs or both teams to score gimme but Marseille are stuck in a rut. It’s a game I’ll definitely be watching and hopefully we’ll have some money in the bank from the following selections in case an angle emerges closer to kick off.

Rennes v Montpellier – Sat 20th Nov 20:00 GMT

Rennes are still the form team in Ligue 1, especially at Roazhon Park. Lyon were dispatched 4-1 in a scoreline that flattered the visitors, as Rennes were completely dominant. Gaetan Laborde has 8 goals this season with 6 of them being the opening score of the game. Look for him to extend his record here.

Montpellier had a fantastic away victory at Nice last time out. It was all the more impressive with star man Teji Savanier absent. He returns on Saturday which is a big boost for La Paillade. They have been in decent form in general so they should be competitive. The home side are on a different level when they play football on Brittany soil though. This could become a high scoring affair especially if Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men have to chase the game.

Brest v Lens – Sun 21st Nov 12:00 GMT

Brest’s recent form is like the old saying “you wait ages for a bus and then two come along at once”. After 11 games without a win, Les Pirates have won 2 on the spin. It should not be underestimated how good those wins were. Monaco are still a terrific side even with a below par manager and Lorient have one of the best home records in Ligue 1. Romain Faivre has recaptured his best form after the distraction of a potential move to AC Milan.

Lens still top the “best of the rest” after 13 games. Their away form has been okay even if they are W0-D1-L2 in their last 3 away from Bollaert-Delilis. From a punting point of view they are 3rd in goals scored away from home. This bodes well for a both teams to score bet as Brest have been involved in a BTTS game in 12 out of 13 outings this season.

Strasbourg v Reims – Sun 21st Nov 14:00 GMT

Strasbourg sit 8th in the table thanks in no small part to their form at La Meinau. In fact, they have been Ligue 1’s most prolific team when playing at home with 17 goals in 7 games. They will be have to try add to that total without Ludovic Ajorque (5 goals in 13 games) who is suspended after a comical sending off versus Nantes. Kevin Gameiro is quality replacement to call upon though.

Reims doggedness is just about keeping them out of the relegation zone. That said, they are on a winless run of 5 games. Óscar García’s men may be exceeding all expectations but if Strasbourg play to close to their best, this should a straightforward home win.

SRD Selections:

Rennes v Montpellier – Rennes Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 5/4 (Bet365)

Brest v Lens – BTTS @ 4/6 (Bet365)

Strasbourg v Reims – Strasbourg to Win @ 21/20 (Bet365)

Above in a treble pays 13/2 with Bet365