Top Ligue 1 Matches Expert Analysis for Round 31

Top Ligue 1 Matches Expert Analysis for Round 31

Written by on April 1, 2021

Like most soccer leagues, French League 1 doesn’t start play this week until Saturday. On April 3, the two top squads on Ligue 1, Lille and Paris Saint-Germain, battle. On Sunday, Nice versus Nantes projects as one of the more competitive matches of the week and Dijon heads to Marseille a huge underdog. Check out analysis, Ligue 1 odds, and free picks for this weekend’s top France Ligue 1 games.  

Top French Ligue 1 Games to Watch this Week (April 3rd – 4th)

Saturday, April 3rd Games

  • Metz +1 ½ (-161) / As Monaco -1 ½ (+121)

Monaco beat Metz by a single goal in the last head-to-head. But Monaco is in decent enough form to back on the handicap in this. The home favorite dominated Saint-Etienne 4-0 in their last match. Monaco could roll to at least a 2 goal victory.

Soccer Free Pick: Monaco 

  • Lille +395 / Paris Saint-Germain -147

On March 17, PSG rolled over Lille in an easy 3-0 victory. Mbappe and his mates followed up that win with a 4-2 victory over Lyon on March 21. Lille is on a 2-match losing streak. Although they remain tied with PSG atop the Ligue 1 standings, make no mistake, Paris Saint-Germain is the better team. The -147 makes PSG an overlay. 

Soccer Free Pick: Paris Saint-Germain 

  • Lyon -126 / Rc Lens +292

On Jan. 6, Lyon beat Lens 3-2. But Lyon heads into this off a terrible 2-goal loss versus Paris Saint-Germain. Lens beat Strasbourg 2-1 in their last match. The home team, Lens, offers overlay odds, making them the play.

Soccer Free Pick: Lens 

Sunday, April 4th Games

  • Montpellier +171 / Angers +150

Angers has a loss and a draw in their last couple of matches. Montpellier beat Bordeaux 3-1 on March 21. In the last head-to-head, Montpellier dominated Angers 4-1. The road squad is worth backing at the better than expected odds. 

Soccer Free Pick: Montpellier 

  • Stade Brestois +183 / Lorient +136

Lorient has 3 draws and a loss in their last 4. The home squad hasn’t won since beating Saint Etienne 2-1 back on Feb. 28. Stade Brestois drew in their last. Before that, they had lost 2 straight. Ah, but look who beat Brest? Marseille and PSG. Give the road squad a chance.

Soccer Free Pick: Stade Brestois 

  • Nice +169 / Nantes +150

On March 20, Nice dominated Marseille 3-0. Nantes beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on March 14. Both teams are in good enough form to warrant a bet. But Nice won the last head-to-head and offer better odds, which is why they’re the play.

Soccer Free Pick: Nice 

  • Stade Rennais +112 / Stade Reims +254

After 3 straight losses, Stade Rennais is back on track. The road team in this beat Strasbourg 1-0 on March 14. On March 20, Stade Rennais dominated Metz 3-1. Reims has won 2-of-3. The home squad in this match drew with Lyon on March 12. Rennais is getting the benefit of the doubt, but the home squad looks solid. 

Soccer Free Pick: Stade Reims 

  • As Saint-Etienne +118 / Nimes +218

Nimes and Saint-Etienne drew 2-2 in the last head-to-head. It’s difficult to know why Nimes offers better odds. This game happens on Nimes’ pitch. The home squad beat Lille 2-1 on March 21. Nimes is the play.

Soccer Free Pick: Nimes 

  • Dijon +1 ½ (-185) / Marseille -1 ½ (+137)

Dijon is a mess. They’ve lost 5 in a row. Marseille beat Brest 3-1 on March 13, though. If Marseille sticks to business, they can cover this handicap. At the odds, Dijon is a play against.  

Soccer Free Pick: Marseille 

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