Ligue 1 seldom makes typical headlines in the footballing world but believe it or not, it has some of the most expensive players in the world. PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are highly rated and would break the bank of any club if they are to be sold by the Ligue 1 giants. There are a lot of exciting stories emanating from Ligue 1, but they have been overshadowed by the increasing cases of homophobia during matches. On more than one occasion fans have engaged in anti-gay chants prompting referees to stop matches midway until calm has been restored. Many players have come to support each other during these ugly times, but the best response players can give is focusing on what they know to do best. As for the Ligue 1 predictions, the favourites will offer betting fanatics good returns, but gambling responsibly is always advised.
Moving away from all the controversies, the French Ligue 1 has started on a very high note with many goals scored in the first four fixtures of the season. Victor Osimhen and Memphis Depay are on fire having both scored four goals in four games. They are closely followed by Habib Diallo, Wylan Cyprien, Moussa Dembele, Islam Slimani, and Eric Maxim Chuopo-Moting all of whom have three goals so far.
The list of players who have scored one or two goals is endless so we will leave it at that for the moment. An interesting statistic from the French Ligue 1 is that with four games played, not even one team has registered a 100% winning record. Every team has lost at least once telling us that maybe the days of PSG’s dominance are gone.
French Ligue 1 predictions
The top of the French Ligue one is very congested with nine teams being separated by only two points. Although PSG, Rennes, Nice and Angers have 9 points each, PSG is firmly in control with a goal difference of 8 while Rennes comes second with a goal difference of 3.
Dijon looks like a no go zone for betting fanatics being the only team which does not have even a single point after four matches. The top four teams will still be favourites to win their respective fixtures while the bottom four will have a hard time getting some points, the tailing teams to keep off when staking money include Dijon, Montpellier, Amiens and Strasbourg.
1. Lille vs Angers
If you are a superstitious gambler, then you will want to get the prediction right for this first fixture of Ligue 1 matchday 5. We begin the France League predictions for matchday 5 with the Lille vs Angers fixture. Lille have had to get used to the fact that they will no longer be without their top scorer from last season Pepe after they sold him for some good money. The hosts have had an average season in their first four games with two wins and two defeats.
While they seem to be pitch-perfect in their striking, their defence has let then down, and it will be the only thing that stops them from having a good season. At home, Lille is spectacular to watch, and for that reason, there are high chances that they will sink Angers to take all the three points. Their two defeats have come away fixtures to Amiens and Reims, but since they will be at home this weekend, they will have to worry about the poor record later. Angers are not the easiest of opponents, and they have done well themselves to be in the Europa League berth at this time of the season.
Their opponents are a force to reckon with at home, so this will be an uphill assignment for the visitors. A draw will be a decent result for them but seeing how lethal Lille has been scoring goals, it will be challenging to keep them at bay. Angers won three of their first four games, but that impressive record is overshadowed by the 6-0 thrashing they received in the hands of Lyon. Lille is the favourites in this fixture and should therefore win. The betting odds for Lille winning are 1.84 in Betway, 1.888 in 22Bet and 1.94 in 1xBet.
Match prediction: Lille wins
Score prediction: 3-2
2. Amiens vs Lyon
All roads will lead to the Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne, where the clash between Amiens and Lyon will be hosted while others will be focused more on the Ligue 1 predictions. The two teams are worlds apart in terms of ambitions and league position. Amiens top priority will be to survive relegation in the top flight league yet again. Lyon, on the other hand, have their eyes on a bigger prize considering they are aiming to be one of the Champions League contestants next season.
In the last two seasons, Lyon has finished in the top four in the domestic league, and this makes them favourites to win this fixture even though they will be playing away from home. Lyon started their season well but was slowed down by a draw against Bordeaux in their last fixture. It was a 1-1 draw which is a wakeup call for them to get back to winning ways for them to secure a Champions League spot once more.
Amiens is frail going into this fixture and will require a lot of effort for them to secure three points. The hosts have lost three of their last four games, and this shows that their squad does not have what it takes to challenge Lyon. Another important statistic to remember is that in their previous six meetings, Lyon has won all of them. With history on their side, Lyon is the team which money should be staked on. The betting odds for a Lyon win are 1.77 in Betway, 1.78 in 22Bet and 1.83 in 1xBet.
Match prediction: Lyon wins
Score prediction: 1-3
3. PSG vs Strasbourg
PSG is used to be at the top of the league table. Considering that they are currently having the same number of points with three other clubs, they will want to secure three more points so that they don’t slip behind. It is a must-win fixture for them, and they are expected to field a strong side. The Parc des Princes stadium will not be forgiving to the visitors who are not close to matching PSG’s might.
Last season’s top scorer Kylian Mbappe will still be missing due to injury as is the case with Edinson Cavani. Fortunately for them, Neymar’s transfer to Barcelona did not happen, and they will be benefitting from the creativity of the attacker until the end of the year. Strasbourg must have been thinking of all the possible tricks in the book to stop Neymar and Mauricio Icardi from finding the back of the net. It will be a tale of David vs Goliath, but a win for Strasbourg is most unlikely.
The situation at Strasbourg is not so good with the away team still on the hunt for their first win of the season. They should be waiting for their first win longer, knowing that a win at PSG is next to impossible. It is possibly the weakest PSG side with the likes of Cavani and Mbappe sidelined, but it is still star-studded. The betting odds for a PSG win are 1.20 in Betway, 1.192 in 22Bet and 1.23 in 1xBet.
Match prediction: PSG wins
Score prediction: 4-0
4. Bordeaux vs Metz
Bordeaux will be at home for the first leg of their clash with Metz. Bordeaux is fresh from a draw with high-flying Lyon, and therefore it should be easy winning against struggling Metz. Keeping in mind that Bordeaux will be benefiting from the home advantage and the support of their fans, the Stade Matmut-Atlantique will undoubtedly be a sinking ground for Metz. Bordeaux is on a three-game unbeaten run, and they will be anxious to make it four out of five this weekend.
The home fans have made it clear that the good results must continue and for that reason money should be staked on Bordeaux to win. Ligue 1 new boys Metz have not found it easy since their promotion into the top division. Among those unwelcoming fixtures was a clash against league leaders PSG and they couldn’t do much to avoid a defeat. Metz is still within the relegation danger zone, but all hope is not lost because they still have sixteen more fixtures before the end of the season.
Since Bordeaux are the ones who have proven more hunger to win, chances are they will win this weekend. The head to head in the last four fixtures suggest that the hosts have the upper hand since they have won all of them. The betting odds for a Bordeaux win are 1.84 in Betway, 1.89 in 22Bet and 1.94 in 1xBet
Match prediction: Bordeaux wins
Score prediction: 3-1
5. Brest vs Rennes
Rennes travel to Brest on Saturday night in a clash that will attract fans to the Stade de Francis. From the onset, Rennes are the favourites even though they are on the road this weekend. It will be an opportunity for Brest to redeem themselves after a humiliating 3-0 loss to Nimes. They lacked even a consolation goal which shows that they do not have sufficient creativity to unlock the defence of their opponents.
Brest fans will be expected to turn up in their numbers to create an environment that will allow the home team to suppress their opponents, and the home advantage factor will be at play in favour of them. Nimes fell behind when they visited Stade de Francis, but Brest have a bigger opponent in Rennes, and they will have to count on more than the home support if they are to win. Rennes come to this fixture with bragging rights being the only team that has taken all the three points away from league leaders PSG.
That alone is enough motivation for them to keep going against a struggling Brest side. They have won all their away matches this season, and a continuation of the same should not be ruled out. Rennes attacker Niang has a lot of experience having featured for Milan and Torino. His wealth of experience will be a nightmare for the opposition’s defence. Those looking to make a kill from this game should consider putting their money on Rennes. The betting odds for a Rennes win are 2.30 in Betway, 2.32 in 22Bet and 2.392 in 1xBet.
Match prediction: Rennes wins
Score prediction: 1-2
6. Dijon vs Nimes
Dijon’s survival in the top flight league last season is something they will regret if they cannot improve their performances to avoid the battle for relegation. It is one of those fixtures they cannot afford to lose at all costs. Since their form is not at its best, the foreseeable result from the fixture is a draw at best.
One thing to remember is that Dijon sits at the bottom of the Ligue 1 table with no points after four games and surely look set for relegation. Nimes are keen to inflict more misery on their hosts, but Dijon will not go down without a fight. Since this game means a lot for the home team, they will use all the tricks in the book not to fall behind once more.
Nimes is in a better position, and this is partly due to their 3-0 win in their last fixture against Brest, but that was their first and only win of the season so far. Nimes are not good travellers, and they will also be contented by a draw. The betting odds for a draw are 3.35 in Betway, 3.32 in 22Bet and 3.42 in 1xBet.
Match prediction: Draw
Score prediction: 0-0
7. Montpellier vs Nice
It will be a clash of titan proportions bringing Montpellier, and Nice together. Montpellier has had mixed fortunes after defeating Lyon 1-0 and following it up with a 1-0 loss to Nantes. They must have gone back to the drawing board to find their best combination but their limitations in terms of creativity and consistency spoil their chances of thrashing their matchday 5 rivals.
Although they have experienced the ups and downs of the Ligue 1 fixtures, a challenge by Nice will be a real test on how prepared they are to deal with the more demanding fixtures that are yet to come. Nice has a pretty impressive form having garnered all possible nine points from their last three matches. Nice has stepped up to remedy their weaknesses, especially getting points away from home. In previous seasons the away team has not been very clinical when playing away from home but that seems to have changed.
Nice has been surgical with performances that will leave their rivals scratching their heads for ideas. The two sides seem to be equal in strength. Nice will be counting on their attacker Wylan Cyprien to cause problems in the Montpellier defence while the home team will be led by Andy Delort who is very capable of finding the net. The betting odds for a draw in this fixture are 3.24 in Betway, 3.44 in 22Bet and 3.54 in 1xBet.
Match prediction: Draw
Score prediction: 1-1
8. Nantes vs Reims
Nantes have won only two of their first four games, but the biggest mistake the opponents can make is believing that the home team do not have what it takes to cause them an upset. Nantes are desperate to extend their winning run and doing so at home will be a present to their fans. Their first match of the season was a rude awakening after losing 2-1 to Lille, but this encounter is one they will be more than prepared.
The home team have established themselves as regulars in the Ligue 1, but Reims will not be scared by this. The two teams have equal points having played four games. They will both approach the game with a defensive mentality. It might make the game a little bit slow, but both teams should find the back of the net in a balanced game.
The last encounter of the teams in the same fixture ended in a barren draw, and a similar result will be a step in the right direction for both teams. Seeing that both are doing great in their defensive might not be as many as fans would wish. The betting odds for a draw in this fixture are 3.05 in Betway, 2.955 in 22Bet and 3.04 in 1xBet.
Match prediction: Draw
Score prediction: 1-1
9. St Etienne vs Toulouse
The second last fixture of Ligue 1 matchday 5 will be played on Sunday evening when Toulouse travel to St Etienne in an attempt to take home the much needed three points. St Etienne’s result from the opening fixture was promising, but back-to-back defeats to Lille and Marseille have tainted what would have been a dream start and made some of the France Ligue 1 predictions a walk in the park for gamblers.
As a result, St Etienne is in the danger zone and must do all they can win this weekend to move the middle of the table. The opposition will be warry of St Etienne’s Tunisia International Wahbi Khazri who will be seeking to make a mockery out of the opponent’s defence. Toulouse is seen as the underdogs in this weekend’s fixture, but their last match would suggest otherwise. Before the international break, Toulouse welcomed Amiens to their stadium with a 2-0 bashing.
The comfortable win was in front of the home fans, but the atmosphere will slightly change as they travel to St Etienne. There is also the fact that Toulouse has lost in all the last three meetings of the two teams, which makes us believe that history will prevail once more. The betting odds for a Saint Etienne win are 1.66 in Betway, 1.65 in 22Bet and 1.7 in 1xBet.
Match prediction: Saint Etienne wins
Score prediction: 2-1
10. Monaco vs Marseille
There could be no better fixture to finish the weekend than the one between Monaco and Marseille. The venue of the much-anticipated game will be the Stade Louis II on Sunday night. The two heavyweights will be looking to pick points from matchday 5 and fans should expect nothing short of fireworks. Monaco’s support base is growing restless knowing that the home team is yet to record even a single win in the current campaign. They have to pull up their socks this weekend against a stubborn Marseille side that are hard to beat.
Monaco will be happy to know that their Key midfield player will be available for selection after serving his suspension and he will be a big boost for the home team. Marseille’s start of the season was slow, but they have adjusted well into it with wins in their last two matches against the likes of Saint Etienne and Nice. They will be brimming g with confidence but should be cautious enough not to concentrate on the attack because it will leave them vulnerable at the back.
Monaco will be keen to capitalize on counter-attacks, and as a result, they will pose problems for the visitors. That said, considering the progress of both teams from the opening fixtures of the season it appears like the most probable outcome will be a draw in what should be a challenge to Ligue 1 betting tips. The betting odds for a draw in this fixture are 3.46 in Betway, 3.56 in 22Bet and 3.68 in 1xBet.
Match prediction: Draw
Score prediction: 2-2
PSG are not tired of winning as they look set for yet another trophy to come at the end of the season and because of that they will always feature as favourites in Ligue 1 predictions. The giant’s success in recent times is unparalleled in the domestic league, but now it is time for them look for something bigger. The French outfit is in search of a Champions League trophy and last season they were not lucky to make it into the quarter-finals. Domestically, since PSG are almost sure that they will win the trophy, all the other teams can only compete for a spot in one of the European competitions. The French League betting guide should provide a rough idea of what is expected from matchday 5 this weekend.