Julien Laurens' Ligue 1 Betting: Cavani Looking To Catch Up To Zlatan


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Rennes - Lyon

Lyon finished their home season with a draw against Bordeaux last weekend (1-1). It was not their best performance of the season and they looked both tired and not very motivated after assuring the previous weekend that they were finishing second in the league this season.

It will be a similar mindset for the players on Saturday evening away at Rennes. Both teams have nothing to play for and the young Lyonnais are already thinking about their holidays, even if they have promised to be very focused on this game. It has been a very long season for them, which started with the Europa League qualifiers back in July. They have over-achieved and no one expected them to do so well this season.

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L’OL will be without best striker Alexandre Lacazette for this game. He is suspended and the team has always struggled without him this season. It will be difficult once again as Lacazette is irreplaceable. Clinton Njie should come back from a thigh injury but won’t be 100% while Yoann Gourcuff is still out and Christophe Jallet and Clément Grenier are big doubts as well for this game. So Lyon will not be at full strength at all. And their away form recently has not been that great ether with defeats at Lille and Caen and a draw at Marseille for example. But they are assured of finishing second so there will be no pressure for Hubert Fournier and his players tomorrow.

For the home side, Rennes, things are different. They need a win. They have won just once of their last five league games, for two draws and two defeats. They have only scored three goals in those games. They are obviously safe already but in front of their fans, they want to finish the season on a high, by beating the French vice-champions.

They have had a very inconsistent season and they want to redeem themselves in front of their fans. So they will go for a win. The club has also just announced the new three year contract signed by the manager Philippe Montanier. So beating Lyon would be a perfect way to end this season but I don’t think that Rennes will do it. They will only get a draw with Lyon on Saturday for this last game of the season.

The odds are in favour of Lyon with an away win at 2.25. The draw is at 3.45 and a Rennes home win is at 3.05.

Nabil Fekir is favourite to score first at 5.75 and my best tip is a draw and both teams to score at 4.20.

Score prediction: Rennes 1 Lyon 1 at 7.00

 

Marseille - Bastia

Marseille are feeling better and the crisis has disappeared, although this is probably their most important game of the season.

They are still chasing a Champions League place for next season. They can finish third if they beat Bastia on Saturday and Monaco don’t beat Lorient away from home. So there is still a lot at stake for Marseille and it is crucial for them to play in the Champions League next season. The Marseille players have been playing better recently. They beat Monaco three weeks ago by turning the game around in the last ten minutes (2-1) and thrashed Lille away last weekend (4-0).

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They have confidence and momentum going into this game at home against rivals Bastia. Their record against the Corsicans at the Stade Vélodrome is exceptional as well. They won their last five meetings and lost only once in the last seventy years! So Marseille are in a big position before this game. However, they have a few players missing. Alexys Romao and Benjamin Mendy are suspended so Bielsa will have to change everything at the back and in midfield, especially as Mario Lemina is also out for this game.

So the team will be completely different and not at its best either. André Ayew is a big doubt as well with a foot injury. It is not ideal for l’OM but Bielsa still has enough depth in his squad to cope with those issues. Florian Thauvin could remain on the bench though as the team has been playing very well without him. It will be an emotional night as well for André-Pierre Gignac, André Ayew and Rod Fanni who will play their last games for the club. Gignac and Ayew consider l’OM like their family and they will be sad to be leaving the club for sure. So they will want to make sure that they leave on a high and with one last win too. They dream of beating Monaco on the line and qualifying for the Champions League.

Bastia are already safe and don’t need a result on Saturday but the Corsicans will play for their pride.

There is a big rivalry between Marseille and Bastia and the players want to do well for the club and the fans. Ghislain Printant, who took over the manager job earlier this season, has done a wonderful job at Bastia. He still doesn’t know if he will stay in place for next season but this won’t affect the team. Apart from the captain Yannick Cahuzac and Sebastien Squillaci, everybody else is available for Bastia.

On the other hand, François Kamano is back from suspension and it is a big boost for the team. However, it is a shame for the club that its fans have not been allowed to travel to Marseille for security reasons. But I think Marseille will be too strong for Bastia on Saturday.

The odds are massively in favour of Marseille with a home win at 1.22. A draw is at 6.50 and an away win for Bastia is at 11.50.

André-Pierre Gignac is favourite to score first at 3.90. My best tip is over 3.5 goals scored at 2.15.

Score prediction: Marseille 3 Bastia 1 at 10.50

 

PSG - Reims

PSG were crowned French champions last weekend after their win away at Montpellier (2-1). It is their third title in a row and they have been unstoppable since the start of January and a loss at Bastia. They were seven points behind the leaders Lyon at the end of January and are now eight points clear before the last game of the season. They totally deserve their title and it would have been an incredible upset if Lyon had managed to finish above them.

But Paris were too strong when it mattered and they will enjoy this last home game of the season on Saturday against Reims. They will receive the league trophy as well and they want to finish on a high, of course. They are unbeaten at home so far this season in the league and they want to make sure it stays like this. The only player missing is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who didn’t train all week and should be out for this game. Everybody else is fit and ready. So Edinson Cavani will start on his own up front.

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The Uruguayan has been in great form lately and with a hat-trick he would equal Ibra’s league goal tally for the season (19). Apart from their star striker, Paris have everybody available for this game. Laurent Blanc should start with his strongest line up although he could also give out a few presents like giving a start to Camara for his last ever game before retiring. It will be a big party at the Parc des Princes on Saturday evening. The game was sold out ages ago and the atmosphere will be great.

The two teams drew 2-2 in the first game of the season back in early August but PSG could win a ninth league game in a row on Saturday which would be a new club record. PSG also have a great record against Reims who have not won in Paris since 1976! They have scored 15 goals in their last three home league games too so they are very confident before this match.

Reims beat the drop last weekend and the club and players are absolutely delighted!

They struggled all season but they have managed to stay up which is the most important. However, they don’t want to be humiliated by the champions on Saturday in Paris. They want to put on a good performance and even try to cause a big upset and spoil the party. Under new manager Olivier Guegan, who took charge a month ago to save the club, Reims won their last two league games. However, I expect them to be beaten by PSG tomorrow and concede a few goals as well. 

The odds are massively in favour of PSG with a home win at 1.13. A draw is at 9.00 and a Reims away win is at 18.00.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is favourite to score first at 3.45 (Cavani to score first is at 3.80). My best tip is Cavani to score at least two goals at 4.75

Score prediction: PSG 4 Reims 0 at 8.50