Ligue 1 Betting: Rampant Lyon set to maintain title challenge

Lyon v Evian (2nd v 18th)
Sat, 16:00 BST

Lyon deserve immense credit for pushing PSG so hard in the title race and are comfortably good enough to win this game by a couple of goals.

Last weekend Lyon won 4-2 at Reims and their array of attacking talent makes them overwhelming favourites here. Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir have earned plaudits all season – and rightly so, with 38 goals and 14 assists between them – but others have emerged in recent weeks to contribute to Lyon’s title challenge.

Clinton Njie has been mocked for his unorthodox style but the 21-year-old striker has scored three times and provided two assists in his last four starts. France playmaker Clement Grenier’s recent return from an eight-month injury lay-off is like having a new signing in the squad for the season run-in.

Evian fell into the relegation zone last weekend and have lost four of their last seven fixtures. Even more significantly they’ve lost all nine away games they have played against the current top-10, so there’s every reason to believe this game will go the same way.

Lyon are short odds to win so back them to win by two goals or more. For more on how Asian handicap betting works, click here.

Recommended Bet
Lyon -1.5&-2.0 Asian handicap @ [2.0]

Lorient v Bordeaux (16th v 6th)
Sat, 19:00 BST

Lorient will be buzzing with confidence after their remarkable 5-3 win at Marseille last weekend. It was a tremendous attacking performance and the hosts stand a good chance of scoring this weekend as well.

Bordeaux have conceded in 26 of their 34 league games so the visitors will struggle to keep a clean sheet. But Bordeaux will be confident of scoring – they’ve done so in 11 of their last 12 matches.

Neither side can afford to sit back. Lorient are only 1pt above the relegation zone and saw the advantage of playing on the front foot last weekend. And Bordeaux are slightly off the pace in the race for a Europa League place so have to play to win rather than draw.

Back Over 2.5 Goals at [2.22] or ‘Yes’ in the Both Teams to Score? market.

Recommended Bet
Lorient v Bordeaux Both Teams to Score @ [1.86]

Lille v Lens (8th v 20th)
Sun, 13:00 BST

Lille lost 6-1 at PSG last weekend but have the perfect opportunity to bounce back against Ligue 1’s weakest side on Sunday.

Before last weekend’s drubbing Lille had won six of their previous seven matches. The 6-1 hammering may not have dented confidence too much as PSG are in a class of their own on their day.

By the time this game kicks off Lens may have already been relegated, depending on Saturday’s results. If not, it will be a short stay of execution. They’ve lost nine of their last 10 matches and their team news is poor: right-back Jean-Philippe Gbamin, left-back Ludovic Baal and striker Baptiste Guillaume are missing, among others. At one point this week coach Antoine Kombouare had only 14 outfield players to work with.

Lille are so much stronger it would be a shock if they don’t win. With our pick you’ll get your stakes back if Lille win by a single goal and make a profit if they win by two goals or more.

Recommended Bet
Lille -1.0 Asian handicap @ [1.96]

Ligue 1 2014-15 P/L

Staked: 111pts
Returned: 113.44pts
P/L: +2.44pts