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Ligue 1 predictions and betting tips: Best bets for Saturday

Jon Wilde 15 Dec 2017
Stephane Darbion (right) of Troyes battles for the ball with Oualid El Hajjam of Amiens (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

The 2017-18 Ligue 1 season has reached its 18th round of matches on the weekend of December 15-16 and we have picked out the best bet available on each of Saturday’s six games.

All matches kick off at 19:00 GMT except Rennes vs Paris Saint-Germain (16:00 GMT) and are available to watch and bet on live in-play at William Hill > Live Streaming

Rennes vs Paris Saint-Germain – Away win to nil @ 11/8 with SunBets


PSG continue nine points clear at the top of the table and although they have found clean sheets hard to come by recently, with only one in their last eight matches, another could be in store along with three points when they visit Rennes.

The home side are admittedly on a strong run of form, up to sixth in the Ligue 1 standings, but they are not the most free-scoring side on their own pitch and Unai Emery’s side can be optimistic about shutting them out.


These teams are side-by-side just inside the top half of the table with only one point separating them in Caen’s favour, but in-form Guingamp are fancied to avoid defeat at the Stade Michel d’Ornano.

The visitors have tightened up admirably at the back since their 6-0 thrashing by Monaco, conceding only two goals in their subsequent five games, and that solidity should help them to collect a point here.


Lille are enduring a poor season in which their mercurial coach Marcelo Bielsa has been suspended and is certainly on his way out of the club, but they have picked up recently despite still being in the relegation zone.

Only PSG have got the better of Les Dogues within their last four games, penalty shootouts excluded, and they look good value here to end Dijon’s four-match winning run at home, especially as the hosts were thrashed 4-0 away to Guingamp last time out.


Adama Soumaoro (left) in action for Lille

Montpellier vs Metz – Over 2.5 goals @ 6/5 with MarathonBet


Barring a miraculous turnaround, Metz will be relegated this season having struggled at both ends of the pitch with only one league win to their credit.

This match should all come down to how Montpellier perform and after they dished out a 4-1 stuffing to Lyon in the League Cup this week, the 2012 champions should be confident of adding a few more goals against the team tailed off at the bottom of the table.


Toulouse have enjoyed a brace of 2-0 wins in the last week, at home to Caen in the league and Bordeaux in the cup, and that should have boosted confidence for their trip to Strasbourg.

This match will make a refreshing change for Strasbourg because their last two home games have been against PSG, including a famous home victory over the leaders a fortnight ago, but they look a short price at close to Evens and backing the draw offers a better value option.


Of these newly-promoted sides, Amiens are currently better placed to avoid an immediate return to Ligue 2 but Troyes are fancied to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation with a victory.

Troyes have had a difficult run of fixtures recently but were far from disgraced in their defeats away to PSG and Monaco, staying in those matches with the chance of a point right until the very end, and this is a considerably easier assignment.


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Ligue 1 predictions and betting tips: Best bets for Saturday

The 2017-18 Ligue 1 season has reached its 18th round of matches on the weekend of December 15-16 and we have picked out the best bet available on each of Saturday’s six games.

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