PSG and Marseille are Teams to Beat
Last season, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille were the league’s top two teams and it’s shaping up to be the same in 2022-23. Both PSG and OM are sitting on 16 points through six matches and are yet to lose a game this season. As they jockey for position, we’ve got some other excellent matchups on the Ligue 1 Matchday 7 slate. Marseille vs Lille and Monaco vs Lyon are the marquee matchups of the weekend. We’ll cover those games and the relevant Ligue 1 Matchday 7 odds in this weekend’s preview.
Lens vs Troyes:
Being a man down didn’t stop Lens from continuing their unbeaten streak to start the season. They managed a 1-1 draw at Reims as defender Deiver Machado picked up a red card suspension. Lens has won four matches and drawn two through six games and sits in third place. They now host Troyes on Friday in the first match of the weekend. The Ligue 1 Matchday 7 odds price Lens as -200 favorites and they’re currently 3-0 at home this season.
It’s all the more impressive that Lens have managed such a good start with the number of injuries they have. A bunch of highly creative players, like Adam Buksa, Wesley Said, Seko Fofana, and Gael Kakuta are out. Still, Lens over 1½ goals shows -175 odds for Friday’s match, as Florian Sotoca and Lois Openda have stepped up. The duo has combined for nine goals in six matches.
Troyes are unbeaten in their last three matches but enter the match as +525 underdogs. They’ve picked up some eye-catching results as of late, namely a 1-1 draw vs Rennes and a 4-2 win at Monaco. They’ve lost the last three meetings, though, and haven’t won at Lens since 2000.
PSG vs Brest:
PSG is on top of the Ligue 1 standings through six matches. The Parisians picked up a solid 3-0 win on the road at Nantes last Saturday to bring their goal difference to +20. On Tuesday, PSG also opened up their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over Juventus as Kylian Mbappe scored a double. Mbappe comes into Saturday’s match vs Brest with five goals in his last three matches in all competitions.
PSG are massive -1400 favorites to make it a fourth straight win in all competitions. They’ve also won each of their last eleven matches vs Brest. The last time Stade Brestois defeated PSG was all the way back in 1985. The visitors come in as +2500 underdogs, while a draw is still unlikely, at +1000 odds.
Brest is coming off a 1-1 draw but has already taken a 7-0 beating at the hands of Montpellier this season. The three-goal spread implies this one could get ugly but Brest has managed to keep it within three goals in each of the last three meetings. Still, Brest has the second-worst goal difference in the league heading into this match. It’s only expected to get worse come Saturday.
Second place Marseille hosts fifth place Lille in one of the best games on the weekend Ligue 1 schedule. Since drawing 1-1 with Brest on the second Matchday, Marseille has picked up four straight wins. On their streak, they’ve conceded just one goal, so it’s no surprise that they’re even money favorites.
Marseille has a tough game on Wednesday vs Tottenham in the Champions League while Lille could benefit from the added rest. Les Dogues are undefeated in three matches on the road this season and would like to keep it that way. However, they come into Saturday as +260 underdogs. Interestingly enough, Lille is unbeaten in the last four meetings. Two of those four have ended in draws and a draw stands at +275 odds for Saturday’s match.
Lille’s Jonathan David scored a double in a 3-1 win over Montpellier last weekend and is in good form. Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez has three goals in his last three games for Marseille. Despite the last four fixtures finishing with two or fewer goals, over 2½ sits at -140 odds. Marseille midfielder Valentin Rongier is out serving a suspension while captain Dimitri Payet is out injured.
With seven points through six matches, Auxerre has more points than the other two newly promoted teams, combined. They’re in serious danger of dropping a third straight match as they head to Rennes on Sunday, though. Rennes plays in the Europa League on Thursday night, which could mean a fair bit of squad rotation.
Even so, Rennes are comfortable -220 favorites for Sunday’s match. SRFC could only muster a 1-1 draw last weekend despite Troyes playing with ten men for over an hour. Rennes are also yet to keep a clean sheet this season so -125 odds for both teams to score in the match seems standard.
Rennes have quite an interesting team, with longtime Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda in the net. On-loan Tottenham defender Joe Rodon and forward Amine Gouiri are other recent additions. Bruno Genesio’s men are expected to challenge for a European place once again this season but need to show more consistency. This is a good chance to get a win vs. a newly promoted team but +500 underdogs Auxerre shouldn’t be completely counted out.
Monaco vs Lyon:
The Ligue 1 Matchday 7 odds imply that this pick’em should be the most competitive match of the weekend. Monaco, like Rennes, has a consistency problem and their last three weekends are proof. They managed an impressive 1-1 draw away at PSG the last weekend of August. Then, they lost 4-2 at home to Troyes and defeated Nice 1-0 on the road. Monaco needs to steady the ship but is bafflingly winless at home through three matches.
Still, Monaco is an ever-so-slight +155 favorite as Lyon is priced at +160. Lyon is playing with a lot of confidence as of late and defeated Angers 5-0 last weekend. It was a milestone match for Lyon as they picked up their first shutout of the season. Tete, Karl Toko Ekambi, and Alexandre Lacazette are also proving to be major goal-scoring threats.
Last season, these teams split their meetings with the home side picking up a 2-0 win in each match. Lyon is no strangers to winning in Monaco, though, as they’ve won two of their last three there. The defense has been a huge problem for the Monegasques, as they’ve shipped 11 goals in just six matches. Incredibly, none of the last 14 meetings have finished in a draw, as one sits at +250 odds.Follow us on Twitter