Ligue 1 Fixtures 36 Odds & Preview: PSG Looking to Make Statement, Hoping for Early Help

Mbappe, Messi Must Carve it Up Early and Often

PSG Can Potentially Clinch This Weekend

With just three games left in the Ligue 1 season, PSG are a win and Lens draw or loss away from another title. PSG head on the road to Auxerre on Sunday and will know by kickoff time if a win is enough to clinch. That’s because, just hours earlier, second-placed Lens head to Lorient in one of the exciting fixtures of the European tournaments.. As the European and relegation races also continue, we’ll run through some important Ligue 1 fixtures for week 36. We’ll focus on the odds from four of the biggest matches this weekend.

Matches of the Week

OL Lyon vs Monaco MON

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Lyon and Monaco are two Ligue 1 teams battling for European places. They’ll meet on Friday as Lyon host the Monegasque club at the Groupama Stadium. Monaco have very slim Champions League hopes left. They’ll need to win all three of their final matches while Marseille lose at least two.

More realistically, Monaco will participate in next season’s Europa League if they hold their five-point lead over fifth-placed Lille. Lyon, in seventh place, need to close in on Lille to have any chance of making Europe next season.

With both teams needing a win, Lyon are favorites for this one. They’ve won their last four matches vs. Monaco at home and sit at +115 ATS and moneyline odds. Alexandre Lacazette is just a couple games removed from a four-goal performance and he’s been OL’s star player this season.

Lacazette is also just one goal behind Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 Golden Boot race. Monaco, who have won just one of their last four matches, enter the match as 0.5-goal underdogs. They do, however, sit at -145 odds to cover the spread. Monaco have also been one of Ligue 1’s best road teams this season, with a 10-5-2 record. They’re +195 underdogs here to get their first win at Lyon since 2017.

Forward Wissam Ben Yedder has been suspended internally by Monaco for the last couple of matches but is available here. With 17 goals, he is the team’s leading scorer this season. While Lyon have averaged over two goals per game in their last five contests, Monaco have averaged just one.

Still, over three goals are priced at -120 odds for Friday’s match. A draw does nothing for Lyon here but keeps Monaco in a good position to qualify for the Europa League. A deadlock displays +295 odds when these two French powerhouses meet.

LIL Lille vs Marseille OM

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In another of the most important Ligue 1 fixtures for week 36, fifth-placed Lille host third-placed Marseille. With a win, Marseille will clinch at least the Champions League playoff spot. Marseille’s captain Dimitri Payet may have already played his last game ever in professional football, though. Payet slapped Lens assistant coach Yannick Cahuzac in an altercation a couple of weeks back and was just suspended for five games. Regardless, he scored as Marseille beat Angers 3-1 last weekend.

OM have won four of their last five matches as both teams have scored in each one. For this match, over 2.5 goals display -130 odds. Lille come in needing a win to keep their Europa League hopes alive, as they’re five points behind fourth-placed Monaco.

This match is currently listed as a pick’em, with home side Lille the favorites. Lille pk shows -140 odds while Marseille come in at +110 ATS odds. Lille are also +135 moneyline favorites and have lost just one of the last five meetings between these two sides. However, Les Dogues have won just one of their last four matches in Ligue 1.

Lille had an opportunity to gain ground on Monaco last weekend but could only manage a scoreless draw on the road. At 12-3-2, OM have the second-best road record in the league but are +190 underdogs for Saturday’s match.

Notably, Lille defenders Jose Fonte and Alexsandro are suspended for this match. Their absences figure to be big blows for Lille. On the other end of the pitch, Jonathan David has scored 21 goals for Lille this season but doesn’t have a goal from open play for over a month. A draw comes in at +250 odds for this exciting matchup.

LOR Lorient vs Lens LEN

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RC Lens and Marseille are embroiled in a battle for the second automatic Champions League spot. Lens are two points ahead of Marseille and are on a four-game winning streak that Lorient will attempt to end on Sunday.

Lorient recently defeated PSG but drew 1-1 with Montpellier last weekend. Lens can still technically win the Ligue 1 title but are six points behind leaders PSG. With Auxerre and Ajaccio left on their Ligue 1 schedule, Lens could very well win out.

Lens enter Sunday’s match as one-goal favorites and have won eight of their last nine games. Only three of those eight wins came by a multi-goal margin, though. Lens -1 shows -110 odds, while the visitors are -175 moneyline favorites.

Lorient are 8-4-5 at home this season but are +425 moneyline underdogs for this game. Lorient +1 does sit at -120 odds as they haven’t lost by more than one goal at home in 2023.

While Lens have a mostly healthy squad, defender Kevin Danso will miss this match due to suspension. Five of Lens’ last six matches have finished with three or more goals and over 2.5 goals are priced at -145 odds. When these teams met in the Coupe de France round of 16 in February, the match finished 1-1.

Lens ended up advancing in penalties and are unbeaten in six of their last seven matches vs. Lorient. Regardless, a draw sits at +325 odds for this match.

AUX Auxerre vs PSG PSG

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If Lens lose or draw to Lorient, PSG will win the league on Sunday by defeating Auxerre. Auxerre are currently in 16th place, just one point ahead of the relegation zone, so they certainly need points here too. In one of the most important Ligue 1 fixtures for week 36, PSG are 1.5-goal favorites. PSG got a 5-0 win over Ajaccio last weekend as Kylian Mbappe scored twice.

When PSG hosted Auxerre earlier this season, proceedings also finished 5-0 in favor of the Parisians. Mbappe and PSG show -110 odds to cover the spread here.

Meanwhile, Auxerre +1.5 comes in at -120. They haven’t lost a match by more than one goal for two months but fell 1-0 to Brest last weekend. Auxerre are unbeaten in their last seven matches at home, though. They’ll face their toughest test for a while, as PSG have scored nearly three goals per game in their last five.

Mbappe leads the league, with 26 goals, and has scored seven goals in his last five games. PSG come in at -270 odds to win the match while Auxerre are +650 moneyline underdogs.

Achraf Hakimi has been added to PSG’s long list of defensive absences as he’s suspended. Nuno Mendes, Presnel Kimpembe and Nordi Mukiele are all injured. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi returned from an internal suspension vs. Ajaccio and is an option for this match. With how many goals PSG have scored as of late, it’s no surprise that over three goals display -120 odds here.

A draw wouldn’t be the end of the world for PSG or Auxerre and one stands at +425 heading into Sunday. Still, PSG will want to clinch their second straight title during this match if the Lens result goes their way.

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