French Ligue 1 kicks off an exciting weekend of action on Friday when Marseille hosts Strasbourg a slight favorite. Paris Saint-Germain and Lille are both at home in Saturday matches while Lyon goes against Monaco in a huge Sunday match. Check out analysis, Ligue 1 odds, and free picks for Ligue 1’s top games from Friday to Sunday.
Top French Ligue 1 Games to Watch this Week (April 30th – May 2nd)
Friday, April 30th Match
- Strasbourg +286 / Marseille -112
Marseille is rocking it. The home team has won 3-of-4 with a draw. Marseille has also beaten Strasbourg in the last 3 head-to-head matches. At the odds, Marseille may be an overlay.
Soccer Pick: Marseille
Saturday, May 1st Matches
- Lens +1 ½ (-117) / Paris Saint-Germain -1 ½ (-112)
PSG had been on a tear. They had won 3 in a row, including dusting Angers 5-0 on April 21. But Wednesday rolled around and Paris Saint-Germain had to take on mighty Manchester City. The Sky Blues got the win. So does PSG bounce back with at least a 2 goal victory on Saturday. They should.
Soccer Pick: Paris Saint-Germain
- Nice +1 ½ (-161) / Lille -1 ½ (+121)
As of April 28, Lille has a 1 point lead over PSG on the Ligue 1 standings. Lille has played well, winning 3-of-4. Nice’s form suggests they should lose by a single goal. But the odds, -161, push us towards backing the home chalk on the handicap.
Soccer Pick: Lille
Sunday, May 2nd Matches
- Nantes +156 / Stade Brestois +159
This figures as one of the most competitive matches in French Ligue 1 over the weekend. Nantes and Brest head into this after winning their last. Nantes dominated Brest 3-1 in the last head-to-head. Don’t put it past Brest to turn the tables.
Soccer Pick: Stade Brestois
- Stade Reims +211 / Nimes +119
Nimes has a win, 2 losses, and 2 draws in their last 5. Stade Reims has 3 draws, a loss, and a win their last 5. It’s tough to decide a winner because these two are in similar form. Ah, but Nimes has won the last couple of head-to-head matches and blanked Reims in both.
Soccer Pick: Stade Reims
- Metz +100 / Dijon +266
On Sunday, is it Metz’s turn to beat the worst team in Ligue 1. Yep. It sure is.
Soccer Pick: Metz
- Angers +305 / Lorient -119
On April 25, Lorient beat Bordeaux 4-1. Angers heads into this having lost 4 straight. The road team didn’t score a goal in any of the losses. Lorient should roll.
Soccer Pick: Lorient
- Saint-Etienne +185 / Montpellier +138
Nice beat Montpellier 3-1 in their last. Before the loss, Montpellier had won 2-of-4 with 2 draws. Saint-Etienne is on a 2-match losing streak. Before that, they had won 2 straight. Etienne’s losses were to Paris Saint-Germain and Brest. They can upset Montpellier
Soccer Pick: Saint-Etienne
- Lyonnais +195 / As Monaco +119
The French Ligue 1 match of the week pits tough Lyon versus scorching Monaco. Lyon has lost 2 straight. One of the losses was against Monaco. Make no mistake, though, the road team can hang with the home squad. Last October, Lyon dusted Monaco 4-1. But Monaco is on fire. The home team has won 5 straight. We’re giving Monaco the nod.
Soccer Pick: As Monaco