French Ligue 1 Matchday 34 continues over the weekend with the best matchups happening on Sunday, May 8. On Sunday, Lyon heads to Metz, Clermont Foot hosts Montpellier, Lens travels to Stade Reims, and Troyes battles PSG in Paris. See below for Ligue 1 odds, analysis, and free picks for six of this weekend’s best French Ligue 1 games.
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Strasbourg Alsace -131 vs Stade Brest 29 +350
- When: Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 am ET
The odds in this match don’t make sense. Yes, Strasbourg played great in their last when drawing 3-3 versus Paris Saint-Germain.
But Brest has won 3 straight, including their last where they beat Clermont Foot 2-0. Also, this happens on Brest’s pitch. The home team shouldn’t offer such high odds, making them an easy pick.
Soccer Pick: Stade Brest 29 +350
Olympique Lyon -1 ½ +107 vs FC Metz +1 ½ -135
- When: Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 am ET
Lyon has won 3-of-5 with a couple of draws. In their last, the road chalk in this dusted Marseille 3-0. Lyon beat Montpellier 5-2 on April 23.
These two drew in the last head-to-head, but Lyon is playing much better soccer than the home team. The road fave can cover this handicap.
Soccer Pick: Olympique Lyon -1 ½
Montpellier HSC +285 vs Clermont Foot 69 -111
- When: Sunday, May 8 at 9:00 am ET
Neither road dog Montpellier or home team Clermont Foot are playing their best soccer. Montpellier shows 3 losses and a couple of draws in their last 5.
Clermont shows a win, 2 losses, and 2 draws in their last 5. Montpellier won the last head-to-head. But this happens on Clermont’s grass. The home team is the play.
Soccer Pick: Clermont Foot -111
RC Lens +120 vs Stade Reims +235
- When: Sunday, May 8 at 9:00 am ET
The home dog, Stade Reims, has won 2-of-3. The lone loss happened in an 0-1 game versus Marseille on April 24.
Lens has drawn in their last 2. That doesn’t mean Reims wins this. The draws were against top Ligue clubs Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain. Lens won the last head-to-head 2-0. The road team gets the nod.
Soccer Pick: RC Lens
Olympique Marseille -113 vs FC Lorient +295
- When: Sunday, May 8 at 11:05 am ET
Both Lorient and Marseille have lost 3-of-5 with 2 wins. Both squads lost their last match. Lorient fell by a single goal while Marseille lost by 3.
But although Marseille lost by 3, it’s tough to say which team is in better form. If we go by the last head-to-head, Marseille is the pick since they beat Lorient 4-1. But Lorient has home pitch advantage. The odds make Lorient the play.
Soccer Pick: Lorient +295
Estac Troyes +2 ½ -163 vs Paris Saint-Germain -2 ½ +127
- When: Sunday, May 8 at 2:45 pm ET
The odds imply Paris wins, but they don’t win by more than 2. Based on recent form, PSG could end up winning by a single goal.
After all, Paris Saint-Germain has drawn in their last couple of matches. Not only that, but Estac Troyes heads into this after pummeling Lille 3-0. Troyes shouldn’t win. But a draw seems possible.
Soccer Pick: Draw
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