There are seven Ligue 1 matches taking place this Sunday and now, we are going to highlight four of the very best bets.
Won’t Want Toulouse
The first of our four clashes takes us to Toulouse and with Philippe Montanier’s men having won promotion from Ligue 2 last season, their aim is to not simply make up the numbers at a higher level of competition.
While their first skirmish back in the French top tier sees them welcome OGC Nice and with Kasper Schmeichel completing his move from Leicester, it will be interesting to see whether the Dane is thrown straight into the starting eleven.
Whether the son of Peter makes his debut as early as Sunday is not necessarily integral to the first of our four French betting tips and whoever is between the sticks, should not have too many issues to deal with.
Which is why I have picked Nice for my first accumulator pick and for those who also believe that they will make light work of Toulouse this weekend, you can join me in backing them at the inviting odds of 6/4.
Nice to beat Toulouse
With Jorge Sampaoli departing as manager of Marseille, the baton has since been handed over to Igor Tudor and with the former Croatia and Juventus midfield manager now installed, he will be tasked with once again making this team the best of the rest.
Because with the might of PSG, that is all Marseille and anyone else from the chasing pack can hope for. Which means although the title race is something of a foregone conclusion, the battle for European entry is always highly entertaining.
A battle that will start as early as week one of the season and with the Stade Velodrome outfit preparing to welcome Reims to town on Sunday, their manager has been given a rather easy start to his time in charge.
At least that is what the bookmakers are saying and in fairness I would have to agree with them. Which is why I am plumping for a rather routine Marseille win and one that adds odds of 4/7 to my Ligue 1 accumulator.
Marseille to beat Reims
Back In The Big Time
For those who followed French football a generation or so ago, Auxerre were one of the more household names and under the stewardship of the legendary Guy Roux, they would go on to win the Ligue 1 title in 1996.
However, since the final departure of Roux in 2005 (this being the end of his third stint in charge), Auxerre have found themselves slipping into the wilderness and at times, even slipping into Ligue 2.
Thankfully, they are now back in the top tier of the French game and after earning promotion at the end of last season, they are now ready to mix it with the elite once more. Elite that this Sunday comes in the form of Lille.
Although Lille were non-existent when it came to their defence of Ligue 1 crown, last season is now firmly behind them and therefore, they should be well placed to get the better of Auxerre at the weekend. Especially at odds of 7/10 and this means they are my third accumulator selection.
Lille to beat Auxerre
Last And Perhaps Least
With Montpellier and Troyes having to make do with mid-table malaise last season, it is fair to say that neither camp is full of optimism for this new campaign and if relegation can be avoided, that will have to be considered relative success.
While both teams will be looking for an early form of success this Sunday, as they are scheduled to meet at the Stade de la Mosson and if maximum points can be picked up by either, it will certainly be considered as a welcome result.
However, it is not the result that necessarily interests me before the weekend, instead it is goals. More importantly, it is how many will be registered between the pair, and I am hoping for not a great deal.
No more than two to be precise and if Montpellier and Troyes both leave their shooting boots in the dressing room, it means we have a winner on our hands. A winner that is currently worth odds of 10/11.
Montpellier v Troyes under 2.5 goals
While if you put all four combinations together, Bet365 are prepared to offer you 11.75/1 in return.