French Ligue 1: Best Bets – Round 17 – Odds, Predictions, and Picks
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:28 PM (France)
We’re almost at the halfway point in the Ligue 1 season, and the gap between PSG and second-place Marseille is only five points. Can the club from the capital pull away with victory over Montpellier this weekend?
I think we could see plenty of goals when Strasbourg host Toulouse, while the odds for a St. Etienne win over Stade Reims seem too good to miss. Here are this week’s best bets from the French top-flight.
Strasbourg vs. Toulouse – 12/7/19
Strasbourg are currently fifteenth in the table after losing three of their last five games. However, Strasbourg’s two victories in that time both saw them score four goals. On the other hand, Toulouse are bottom following five straight defeats. With that being said, scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for Toulouse; it’s at the other end of the pitch where their issues lie. For that reason, both teams to score makes sense for this game. Neither said is afraid of going forward, but this does lead to them becoming exposed at the back.
Pick: Both Teams to Score – 1.80
Montpellier vs. PSG – 12/7/19
It’s fair to say that PSG missed Kylian Mbappe at the start of the season. The star striker has recently returned from injury and has picked up where he left of by banging in goals on a regular basis. Mbappe has scored six goals in nine league appearances this term, and has netted five in his last five games. Montpellier have been doing well this season. They find themselves sixth and are unbeaten in their last five games. Still, Montpellier have conceded twice in each of their last two matches, so you’d be foolish to bet against Mbappe adding to his tally on Saturday.
Pick: Kylian Mbappe to Score Anytime – 1.91
Stade Reims vs. St. Etienne – 12/8/19
I’m surprised at the bookies’ odds for this game. St. Etienne are currently fifth in the table – six places above Reims. Having said that, only four points separate the two teams. However, Reims are the favorites at 1.91, while you can get odds of 4.00 for a St. Etienne win. This doesn’t make sense to me. St. Etienne have scored 20 goals this season, but Reims have only managed 11. Reims are without a win in five, while St. Etienne have won three of their last five. Purely for the potential profit, I’m backing the away side to claim all three points here.
Pick: St. Etienne to Win – 4.00