Paris Saint-Germain hosts Lens, Monaco heads to Saint-Etienne, and Olympique Lyon hosts Montpellier in 3 Ligue 1 matches this Saturday. Then on Sunday, scorching Stade Rennes hosts Lorient. Check out Ligue 1 odds, analysis, and free picks for six of this weekend’s top French Ligue 1 games.
Top French Ligue 1 Games to Watch This Week (April 23rd – 24th)
Montpellier HSC +1 ½ -114 vs Olympique Lyon -1 ½ -109
- When: Saturday, April 23 at 11:00 am ET
Neither team is in great form. Lyon has lost 2-of-3. The home team followed up an impressive 6-1 win against Bordeaux with a 2-1 loss to Brest.
Montpellier has lost 3-of-4 with a draw. Lens beat the road dog 2-0 in Montpellier’s last. It’s difficult seeing Montpellier putting up much of a fight. Lyon can get back on the right track with a 2 to 3 goal victory.
Soccer Pick: Olympique Lyon
AS Monaco -123 vs AS Saint-Etienne +310
- When: Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 pm ET
This happens on Saint-Etienne’s pitch, which is the main reason they’re not as big of an underdog as they would be if this happened on Monaco’s pitch. Saint-Etienne shouldn’t beat Monaco.
The road favorite is on fire. AS Monaco has won 5 straight. 3 of the 5 wins were against top Ligue 1 teams, 3-0 versus Paris Saint-Germain, 3-2 against Stade Rennes, and 1-0 versus Nice in their last. Monaco rolls.
Soccer Pick: AS Monaco
RC Lens +1 ½ +105 vs Paris Saint-Germain -1 ½ -133
- When: Saturday, April 23 at 3:00 pm ET
Both teams have won 4-of-5. The difference is that PSG has won 4 straight while Lens has won 3 straight. Paris Saint-Germain won 3-of-4 by at least 2 goals.
Lens, though, has also won 3-of-4 by at least 2 goals. Paris should win this match, but Lens is in excellent form. At +1 ½ +105, the road squad is the play.
Soccer Pick: RC Lens
FC Lorient +1 +109 vs Stade Rennes -1 -138
- When: Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 am ET
Rennes was on fire. The home squad has lost their last couple of matches. On April 15, Monaco beat Rennes 3-2. Then in their last match, the home team in this fell to Strasbourg 2-1.
Lorient has won 2-of-3. The loss happened to quality club Nice. One of Lorient’s victories was a smashing 6-2 beating they handed Saint-Etienne. The handicap odds make the road squad the play.
Soccer Pick: FC Lorient
Strasbourg Alsace +225 vs Lille OSC +122
- When: Sunday, April 24 at 11:05 am ET
Lille is the favorite because this happens in their stadium. Not only that, but Lille beat Strasbourg 2-1 in the last head-to-head.
But although Lille should be tough, Strasbourg shows the better form. The home team has lost 2 straight. Strasbourg has won 2-of-5 with 3 draws. The odds make Strasbourg the play. If you don’t want to back the road team, consider backing the draw.
Soccer Pick: Strasbourg Alsace
Olympique Marseille +102 vs Stade Reims +270
- When: Sunday, April 24 at 2:45 am ET
The home squad looked great in their last, beating Lille 2-1. The match is a sign Stade Reims’ form may be turning positive.
But although Stade Reims has a shot to secure the win, Marseille is playing too well to ignore. The road team has won 4-of-5. The loss happened on April 17 and it happened in a 2-1 game versus Paris Saint-Germain. Marseille takes this.
Soccer Pick: Olympique Marseille