Ligue 1 will have three matches televised this Sunday so we’ve decided to put together some of our favourite tips for the upcoming fixtures. French heavyweights Monaco and PSG will both be competing while Rennes’ trip to Strasbourg will also be on the big screen.
This is set up to be a selection of great games as PSG and Monaco are already feeling the heat following less than desirable starts to the campaign. Strasbourg also have an interesting clash on their hands as they host an in-form Rennes side. Check out our selections for this Sunday’s Ligue 1 TV fixtures and all the reasoning for them below.
Remember, you can find all our betting tips and predictions for this weekend’s French action on our Ligue 1 homepage.
Paris Saint-Germain v Toulouse FC – Toulouse +3 Handicap Win
Shockwaves were sent through the capital last week when PSG lost 2-1 to Rennes. It was already Paris’ second clash of the season with Rennes after they came from behind to win 2-1 in the French Super Cup. Paris really haven’t been showing their true quality recently with the Neymar saga floating over the club like a raincloud. The Brazilian’s future is still up in the air and with many players also underperforming in this time, the club really has to rally here or face falling off the pace of an exuberant Lyon side.
PSG host Toulouse, a match you would expect them to win with ease but les Violets have caused them more problems than most in recent years. Except for Paris’ 6-2 thrashing of Toulouse in 2017, four of the last five clashes between these teams have been extremely tight. PSG won three of these four matches but only by a 1-0 margin while the other meeting finished 0-0 in early 2017.
Paris’ two matches with Toulouse last season were some of their toughest challenges as les Violets came out fighting. Toulouse didn’t just sit on their goal line, instead they cracked off an impressive number of shots on target and could have won either fixture.
With PSG in quite the situation on and off the pitch at the moment, we see this match being another tight one and the handicap market is what we’re backing here.
Toulouse have began the season with a win and a draw (1-0, 1-1) and even though they weren’t against incredible teams, the performances were solid and Toulouse should be able to keep this match tight.
The odds for Toulouse to win with a +3 Handicap seem good to us and that’s what we’re backing here. PSG should still get the win but with Toulouse impressing while Paris have struggled we don’t see this being a whitewash for the champions.
AS Monaco v Nîmes Olympique – Monaco Under 1.5 Team Goals
Last year was a calamity for Monaco as a horrible transfer window could not be saved by Leonardo Jardim or Thierry Henry or Leonardo Jardim (again). They barely managed to stay in the league, finishing 17th, just two points above Dijon. Les Monegasques’ form has continued this year with some initially exciting signings already failing to inspire any sort of confidence.
They are still to score a goal and despite some attacking additions in recent weeks like Islam Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder, the team hardly looks capable of creating sufficient chances for a striker to put the ball in the back of the net. Both of their opening matches have ended in 3-0 losses and with one of those coming against newly-promoted Metz last week, the outlook is bleak for the principality side.
This week they will be facing a Nîmes side who they lost and drew against last season. Nîmes have also lost their opening two matches this season but they have fared much better than Monaco. Their opening weekend defeat to PSG was a given but Nîmes almost got the better of Nice last week, narrowly losing 2-1 despite edging the shots on target and possession stats.
Monaco have scored under 1.5 goals in seven of their last nine home matches and with the hosts scoring just once in their last two matches against Nîmes, we’re backing them to fail in front of goal once again.
RC Strasbourg v Stade Rennais – Rennes Over 1.5 Goals
Rennes have really come out of the blocks this season with two wins starting off their campaign. Julien Stéphan’s men have been in scintillating form with their victory over PSG last week making people take note of their hard work. Players like M’Baye Niang and Eduardo Camavinga have been instrumental in this early season form and fans will be hoping that they can keep this going.
They were excellent as they beat PSG 2-1 at home; solid at the back while still being creative up top and with them only conceding via a defensive blunder, the signs are good for Rennes so far. Rennes have a great record away from home and they’ll be looking to make the most of that here as they travel to Alsace. They have lost just two of their last eight competitive away games with 15 goals scored in the process and we’re backing them to keep up that form against Strasbourg.
Strasbourg have already played six competitive matches this season due to their travels across Europe in the Europa League. This has greatly fatigued their players and this was evident as they drew with Reims last week and newly promoted Metz the week before. They have managed to rotate much of their squad for the various competitions but with the defenders like Stefan Mitrovic, Mohamed Simakan and goalkeeper Mats Sels not seeing as much of a break, we feel they could get exposed at the back in this match.
Strasbourg beat Frankfurt in midweek but with so many games being played in recent weeks, we’re backing their opponents to take advantage of their fatigue in this match.
We’ve also collated the above selections into an accumulator that you can back with one click.