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Will PSG dent Marseille’s top-three push? Get Ligue 1 tips for March 15-17

Leigh Copson 13 Mar 2019
Mario Balotelli & Florian Thauvin of Marseille (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Ligue 1 predictions for the weekend of March 15-17. Can Lille and Lyon boost their bids for a place in next season’s Champions League, and will Marseille give their own quest a shot in the arm with an upset win over Paris St Germain? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Lille v Monaco (Friday 19:45 GMT)

Not many teams have visited St Etienne and come away with three points this season, but that is exactly what Lille did last weekend as a 1-0 victory maintained their commanding grip on second place in the table. Lille have now gone nine games without loss, winning seven of them, and if they can keep this fantastic run going they should secure the runners-up with weeks to spare. However, they face something of a challenge when they entertain Monaco on Friday night. You would not have thought this a few months back, but Monaco appear to have turned a corner since Leonardo Jardim returned as manager, replacing Thierry Henry. The Portuguese, who was axed by the club earlier in this season, has got his side on a six-match unbeaten run in the league that includes a superb win over Lyon, but while that is an impressive sequence they continue to struggle on their travels. Monaco have not beaten a top-flight team on the road since the start of December and they are coming up against a Lille side who have lost at home just once this season and have only conceded nine times in 14 games. So while Monaco have undoubtedly improved in recent weeks, I am confident that Lille will extend their own good form by gathering all three points.

Lyon v Montpellier (Saturday 16:00 GMT)

Lyon are clinging onto third place in the table as they try to somehow overcome a ‘travel sickness’ that is threatening to derail their bid for Champions League football for next season. Defeats to Nice and Monaco as well have a draw at Strasbourg have allowed the chasing pack to gain some ground, and that means the pressure is on Bruno Genesio’s side to claim maximum points this weekend. The good news for Lyon is that they are on their own patch for this one. While they are struggling on the road, Lyon have won seven of their last 11 home matches in Ligue 1, losing only once, and they are coming up against a Montpellier side who have won just five of their 14 away matches in the league so far this season. The visitors have been pretty good at collecting points though, with only three defeats coming in those 14 outings, so Lyon are going to have to be at the top of their game for this one. They have tended to be when stepping out at the Groupama Stadium though, so I am backing the hosts to run out winners here. I also expect to see a few goals too. Lyon have found the back of the net in 13 of their last 16 games in the French top flight and they have failed to score in only one home game since the defeat to Nice in late August, but at the other end of the pitch they have managed only one clean sheet in their last 11 matches and they are coming up against a Montpellier side who have failed to score only once in their last eight games and did net in a 1-1 draw with Lyon in late December. This match has the recipe for goals, with Lyon scoring the majority of them.

Paris St Germain v Marseille (Sunday 20:00 GMT)

Are Thomas Tuchel’s days in Paris numbered? It seems strange to say that after a 4-0 midweek demolition of Dijon sent his side 17 points clear at the summit, but it is Champions League glory that this club craves after years of mega-spending and once again that is off the cards for this season after last week’s shock defeat to Manchester United. There is little Tuchel can probably do to perhaps rescue his job between now and the end of the season, but he will be aiming to leave France with as many domestic accolades as possible and he should move a step closer to one of them when PSG host Marseille on Sunday night. The visitors are enjoying a strong run of form right now having gone six games unbeaten while winning five of them, and that impressive sequence has them knocking on the door to the top three with 10 rounds of fixtures remaining. A positive outing at the Parc des Princes would certainly help their cause, but it is incredibly difficult to see how they will get anything from this game. Their away record makes for dire reading with just five wins and two draws coming from the 14 matches they have played away from the Stade Velodrome, and that is in stark contrast to PSG’s perfect home record that has seen them win all 14 of their games while out-scoring the opposition 50-5. Therefore everything points to a home win here and I would not be surprised to see a similar result to the 2-0 victory Paris St Germain recorded when they travelled to the Stade Velodrome back in October.

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