As the season approaches the business end of the campaign, more and more teams are scrambling for points to get them into Europe, into the top ten or even to guarantee their spot in the league for next season. It truly is a desperate time in the Ligue 1 calendar but this can usually result in goals as teams get a bit more top-heavy in their tactics.
We’ve picked out four matches from this weekend’s catalogue of Ligue 1 games that we’re predicting to see both teams score. You can find our reasoning below and we’ve collated the four selections into an acca that you can back at the bottom of the article!
Strasbourg vs Marseille, Friday 3rd of May, 10th vs 6th
Both of these teams are among the league’s top five attacking teams for this season as they have scored a whopping 108 goals between them this campaign. This has come at the expense of their defences though as they both sit pretty averagely in mid-table for goals conceded. This sets this match up perfectly for the both teams to score market.
First and foremost, this fixture has been infamous for goals. Of the last four clashes that have occurred in the last two years, three of them have seen both teams score, including both of this season’s meetings. This has been a trend that Strasbourg have been seeing recently as five of their last seven Ligue 1 matches have seen both teams score. The Alsatians have some very talented attackers up top in Ludovic Ajorque and Lebo Mothiba but their defenders just haven’t been able to repay them with clean sheets this season.
A similar story has been seen in Marseille as five of their last six games have had both team scoring. Marseille have conceded eleven goals and scored nine in that time which sets them up for the BTTS market as they face Strasbourg away from home. This is a crucial match for 5th place chasing Marseille but Strasbourg won’t give them three points without a fight.
Montpellier vs Amiens, Sunday 6th of May, 5th vs 17th
Four of the last five clashes between these teams have seen both teams scoring and we’re backing that again as the two sides still have lots to fight for despite the league coming to a close. Amiens sit just four points above 18th placed Caen and could really do with a win to put them in the driving seat for the final three games. Montpellier are trailing 4th placed Saint-Étienne by five points so a win would be massive for la Paillade.
Montpellier haven’t been able to keep it tight at the back recently despite their attacking players being bang in form. Both teams have scored in ten of their last 13 matches and with Amiens desperate for points, we’re expecting the visitors to do some damage here. Both teams have scored in two of Amiens’ last four games.
Lyon vs Lille, Sunday 6th of May, 3rd vs 2nd
This mammoth clash of game week 35 sees two members of the top three fight in what could be a deciding match for who finishes 2nd. Six points currently separate the two sides but Lille would need just three points from their remaining three games if they could beat Lyon. Les Gones are also going for 2nd though and a win would do wonders for their chances. Lyon manager Bruno Genesio is leaving at the end of the season and he would love nothing other than getting 2nd spot to crystallise his legacy on the Lyon corridors before departing in the summer.
These two sides are known for liking the BTTS market with it winning in ten of Lyon’s last eleven matches. The same has happened in three of Lille’s last five and with this fixture seeing both teams score in each of the last four meetings, we think it makes a great choice for the market.
Toulouse vs Rennes, Sunday 6th of May, 15th vs 11th
Like most of the selections on this list, this fixture has been a haven for goals recently with 16 scored in the last four clashes between these teams. Both teams have scored in the last four meetings and with Toulouse still not mathematically safe, les Violets will be eager to score, especially against this Rennes side who are horrible at the back.
Rennes have conceded 15 goals in their last seven games but have also scored 13 times over this period which makes them an ideal club for the BTTS market. Toulouse have failed to score in three of their last five games but these three games were all against top-four opposition so they can be excused as they had scored in each of the seven league games previous to these matches. Both teams scored in six of those seven matches. All these stats make this fixture look like a tasty selection for the BTTS market.
We’ve collated the above four selections into an acca that you can back with one click below.