Ligue 1: Stylish Strasbourg To Keep On Winning
A 24/1 treble is the advice on offer this week after coming painfully close last time out
I landed two of the three selections last week. Unfortunately, Reims ability to play best with a siege mentality failed to deliver when Metz came to town. The 1-0 scoreline didn’t do the away side’s dominance justice. This week we focus on two high-fliers away from home and a Nantes side still in good form.
The Game of the weekend should have been Montpellier Vs Monaco. Teji Savanier’s 2nd red card of the season during the week will see the home side try soak up the pressure rather than go on the attack. Lens Vs Marseille on Saturday evening will also be an intriguing clash.
Clermont Vs Rennes – January 23rd 14:00 GMT
Rennes put a tough run of three defeats behind them with a thumping of a hapless Bordeaux last weekend. The 6-0 win should get them back on track after being on the wrong side of single goal defeats to Nice, Monaco and Lens (as tough a run of games as there is in Ligue 1). Those were also games where they dominated possession and the number of shots on goal.
Clermont were one of six teams playing on Wednesday as Ligue 1 officials try to clear the covid-induced backlog as soon as possible. They were easily beaten by Strasbourg midweek and even more easily dispatched by Monaco last weekend. Mohamed Bayo will still be absent as Guinea have progressed in the AFCON which makes it very hard to see where the goals will come from for Les Lanciers. An already thin squad should be put to the sword by Bruno Genesio charges and Rennes with a goal deficit is nicely priced.
Bordeaux Vs Strasbourg – January 23rd 14:00 GMT
Bordeaux president has given head coach Vladimir Petkovic the dreaded vote of confidence this week after the home side were hammered 6-0 at Rennes. This decision is most likely down to Les Girondins being in a tough spot financially and Petkovic’s rather large contract. They are the 8th highest scorers in Ligue 1 but have conceded the most goals by a distance.
Strasbourg were another of the six sides in midweek action but had a relatively comfortable victory over Clermont. They have won five out of the last six, form that sees them up to 4th in the table. Their 3-1 victory over Montpellier was an exceptional performance last weekend, given both Ludovic Ajorque and Habib Diallo were absent. Diallo will be missing again but as mentioned last week, Kevin Gameiro is as good a deputy as there is in Ligue 1 (with goals in the past two games to back that claim up). Strasbourg to win the game and both teams to score seems the best angle as the away side tends to give up late goals and the home side tend to score them.
Nantes Vs Lorient – January 23rd 14:00 GMT
Nantes are one of the sides worst hit by the AFCON (five players away in total) but will feel unlucky to have only gotten a point from games against Monaco and Nice. They allowed Monaco a ton of possession without being under much pressure and then outplayed Nice but lost 2-1. Star striker Randal Kolo Muani’s future still hasn’t been resolved even though he is due a medical at Frankfurt this week.
Lorient have now gone 14 games without a win. This game may represent the best chance they have of getting a result before playing Clermont in seven weeks time. That pressure on an already beleaguered side will be too much to handle I feel and the home side should extend the winless streak to 15 games by 16:00 on Sunday.
Rennes to Win -1 @ 12/5 (Betfair, PaddyPower)
Bordeaux Vs Strasbourg – BTTS & Strasbourg Win @ 13/5 (Bet365, WilliamHill)
Nantes to Win @ 23/20 (Bet365, WilliamHill)
Above in treble pays 24/1 with WilliamHill