Saturday 10th December
13.30 GMT – Dijon (15th) vs Marseille (10th)
Marseille are poor on the road with no away wins in 9, whilst Dijon are unbeaten in 7 at home. Overall however, Dijon have only had one win in their last 9, whilst Marseille have managed 4 clean sheets in their last 6 games. This makes this game likely to be the boring game this weekend in Ligue 1 unfortunately.
Prediction: I want to predict a high scoring game, but I just can’t see it happening Dijon 0-0 Marseille
16.00 GMT – Bordeaux (7th) vs Monaco (2nd)
With PSG playing Nice, this is a big opportunity for Monaco to go top. However, Bordeaux have proved to be a tricky opponent for Monaco recently – unbeaten in the last 6 meetings of the sides, and scoring at least 3 goals in each of the last 3 home meetings as well. A tough test of their title credentials, but Monaco come into this with a rested squad from the Champions League – and in fine form.
Prediction: Bordeaux may be Monaco’s problematic side over recent years, but Monaco can’t afford to miss this opportunity to go top (even if it would only be temporary). Bordeaux 2-3 Monaco
19.00 GMT – Nantes (19th) vs Caen (17th)
A real six-pointer here, with Nantes winless in 7 (having failed to score in their previous 4) looking to impress their new manager (who will only be in the stands) against a Caen side who have lost 7 of their last 8 away games. The Nantes fans have almost given up on their side, as they do look poor at both ends of the pitch – so the new manager will be hoping for a good performance to get some fans back.
Prediction: It’s hard to see this one being high scoring, but there should be a winner. Nantes 1-0 Caen
19.00 GMT – Toulouse (8th) vs Lorient (20th)
Lorient’s league form has picked up since they appointed their new manager, as they are now three games unbeaten. They’ll fancy their chances in this one as well, as Toulouse are struggling with injuries at the moment and in poor form – 4 defeats in their last 6 games. Lorient still need to pick up their away form if they want to climb off of the foot of the table, as they haven’t won an away game yet this season.
Prediction: Lorient’s league form may have picked up, but their away record is still dreadful. Toulouse 1-1 Lorient
19.00 GMT – Bastia (18th) vs Metz (13th)
Bastia are without a league win in 2 months, and come into this game following a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Monaco. Metz come into this game off the back of the appalling events against Lyon – a game where the punishment for the fans behaviour still hasn’t been decided. How the team react to their fans behaviour will be crucial in deciding how their performances go.
Prediction: Bastia have dominated in this fixture recently, and should be able to take advantage of the uncertainty around Metz. Bastia 1-0 Metz
19.00 GMT – Lille (14th) vs Montpellier (12th)
The surprise result from last weekend, Montpellier have a tough ask to repeat that kind of result against a rapidly improving Lille side who have taken 7 points in their last three games. Montpellier have only lost once in their last 7 games, so will be tough to beat themselves. That said, they are another side yet to win away from home this season.
Prediction: Another team without a win away from home yet, and I can’t see them toppling Lille. Lille 2-1 Montpellier
19.00 GMT – Nancy (16th) vs Angers (11th)
With the teams below them all playing today, the pressure will be on Nancy to keep them at bay by winning here – especially after their poor show at an average Marseille side last weekend. They also find themselves without two of their best midfielders due to suspension, so could struggle here. However, Angers have hit a sticky patch with no win in 4 games now – albeit mostly against better teams than Nancy
Prediction: As they don’t have their most experienced midfielders, Angers should win that battle, but I don’t see them being able to get the win here. Nancy 1-1 Angers
Sunday 11th December
14.oo GMT – Lyon (6th) vs Stade Rennais (4th)
If Lyon get the three points from the abandoned game against Metz, then they will be above Stade Rennais. With Lyon having dominated against Sevilla in the Champions League without getting the desired result, they will expect to get a win here against a Stade Rennais side who really struggle on the road – only 4 points all season.
Prediction: There needs to be a reaction here from Lyon. Lyon 3-1 Stade Rennais
16.00 GMT – Saint-Étienne (9th) vs Guingamp (5th)
Saint-Étienne won their Europa League group in midweek, so must now turn their attention to doing better in the league. Guingamp managed to put a stop to their dodgy run of form in November with a win against Nantes last time out and will view this game as a way to prove that they can stay at the top end of the table.
Prediction: Guingamp will have the fresher team, which should count in this game. Saint-Étienne 1-2 Guingamp
19.45 GMT – PSG (3rd) vs Nice (1st)
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